Typically, when I put the words "horror" and "fashion" together in a sentence, I'm talking about things like bedazzled denim or pleated, belted, high-waisted short-shorts. I'm taking a refreshingly literal stance on those words today and sharing some of the horror- and genre-influenced styles that have been shown at recent fashion shows.
Now, I realize that the phrase "haute couture" implies a certain amount of not-ready-for-the-street grandstanding on the part of designers, a sort of artist's statement in clothing that eventually trickles down in a diluted form more appropriate for real life attire. That having been said, I, for one, am TOTALLY PREPARED to don any one of the dominatrix riding outfits shown in the Dior show at Paris Fashion Week 2010. "Venus in Furs" meets "Bride of Frankenstein" is a style concept whose day has come, friends.
White hair streaks appeared in the Chanel collection as well (let's all take a moment of awed silence to appreciate of one of my Top Ten Living Legends, Karl Lagerfeld, OK?). Here, the look is more Queen of Hearts than Wife of the Monster. I think the shape is quite reminiscent of Gary Oldman's old-man-Drac coiffure, don't you? WITNESS:
Givenchy went full-out Continental Gothic with styles that could be sported by any of the many villainesses in any of the many Paul Naschy horror offerings. Diaphanous gown goodness and dramatic mantilla madness ahoy:
Zuhair Murad drew inspiration from 19th Century military outfits, proving that even those questionable nude-lined black crepe dresses I am so suspicious of can be catapulted right into APPROVED status with the addition of kaiserrific medals:
Speaking of Those Wacky Germans, let's discuss Patrick Mohr's Berlin Fashion Week show, titled "Are We Shaved?" Mohr is a vexing designer for me, creating tempting gauze tunics and scarves in the only color that matters (that's "black," in case you needed to be told), and then bitchslapping me with dhoti pants and... well, models that look like THIS:
I know that many of you find dolls to be incredibly creepy. I also know that many of you are avid doll collectors and doll lovers. For all of these people, I highlight this amazing show by Australian hairdresser Jayne Wild. Yes, she styled wigs for walking, blinking, sashaying, human-sized Blythe dolls, at least one of whom is rocking a horror hostess style that looks fabulous even on a dead-eyed, macrocephalic, artificial-headed model:
Check out the doll heads in action here: