I didn’t know quite what to make of this track when I first heard it almost a year ago. Sometimes you just need to be in the right frame of mind to digest certain music. It’s been a while since How To Destroy Angels released their debut LP, Welcome Oblivion – but ever since I found myself in the right frame of mind I’ve been listening to it on repeat.
Ice Age is a funny little track, it sits in it’s own little universe apart from the rest of album. You could be forgiven for misunderstanding it completely as I did at first… but the strange and beautiful video helps conceptually tie the song back to the rest of the album, which has more of a glitchy dark electro vibe. What I love about this track though is the way it gives focus to Mariqueen’s vocals. It’s also one of the only tracks on the album that Trent doesn’t interrupt. I feel like there’s a lot of stylistic overlap between HTDA and more recent NIN (like some of the more experimental tracks on Ghosts and The Slip), so for me the real draw-card is the female led vocals – of which I definitely do not have enough in my collection.
Dark female-led bands or female artist recs? Please comment below.
Otherwise, enjoy the video.
It’s getting brighter and warmer in Melbourne, and there have several days out where I reprimanded myself for not pulling my sunglasses out – but after so many months of gloom it’s always a struggle to get back into the habit.
The Pretavoir team recently got in touch with me about their new collection and offered to send me a pair to try. I really won’t accept any item from a company unless I’d have bought it with my own money. On top of this; most standard frames are comically large on my small face. These issues are usually enough to stop negotiations with a brand but Pretavoir were keen to work with me to find frames that suited me. I was really impressed when they went to the effort of sourcing these round metal all-black Ray Bans especially for me because apparently the style is no longer being produced. They actually listened when I explained my style and concern over frame and lens size and came to the party in a huge way.
Edit Evening thinks the round shape is a great new look for me (as I typically gravitate towards cats-eye frames) and said they’re his favourite of all my sunglasses.
I’m inclined to agree.
The moment I saw images from this presentation my jaw dropped and my chest felt like it would burst a thousand peonies.
Taking inspiration from nature’s own bondage – the vine – Zana’s SS14 leather collection is set behind the most cunningly clever backdrop – an entire salon full of gorgeously blossoms and greenery. I’m so excited to see Zana has really pushed her work to the next level beyond harnesses and belts; fleshing her work out to form intricately constructed halter tops, corsets and cage skirts.
Although I’ve never met Zana, through our dark style blogging network I can’t help but feel insanely proud of a woman who seized her passion for a product and ran with it – all the way to paris – and turned it into an enormously successful collection of highly conceptual wearables. I hope to be able to eventually do the same.
It’s been months since I’ve bought any fashion for myself. Very little appeals to me at present, but I’m also putting almost every last dollar towards producing my little jewellery collection – launching in five weeks time. Over the last year my work has developed at a rate of knots. I’m extremely excited about the future of my label and although it means I’ve had to sacrifice my love for fashion in order to have undertaken my qualification, it is without a doubt the best decision I ever made for myself. I can’t wait to reveal the new works; it’s just a small debut range to start with but will be added to with regularity.
Tonight while letting myself indulge in some browser window shopping I came across these luxurious lace-up creepers. I’m only recently warming up to derbies and lace-ups; they’ve always felt too much like school shoes to me, but the platform seems to elevate them (!) from that association. I can see these working effortlessly in my wardrobe, perfectly matched back with my blister leather jacket and patina leather leggings, of course.