And if CNN says it, it must be true!
And if CNN says it, it must be true!
Another character joins the ranks of Steampunk India – Alima Qaniss, accomplished scientist turned pilot-for-hire:
According to Steampunk India, a story centred on this character is coming up, I am looking forward to reading it.
In case you wonder who the stunning lady is (I know you do), her name is Ravina Rapture and she is an alternative fashion model based in London.
The photo is part of a shoot by ChrisSinn Photography.
As noted earlier, the wonderful people from The Golden Gear have donated two outfits for an auction for the benefit of the European Steampunk Convention.
The first auction, for the lady’s dress is now online.
This is the dress:
This link also leads to the auction.
I personally vouch for the quality of this dress, it is astounding. The size is approximately M but a bit larger, since it is designed to be tailored to fit the future owner.
Please participate and spread the word. All proceedings of this auction will go to the funds of the European Steampunk Convention.
Look at that! High street labels are picking up on retro-fashion and turning it into major fashion lines.
The latest is Diesel’s Black Gold, which they describe thusly:
…New twists to traditional garments, iconic blends of past and future, artfully distressed denim and leather, and the craftsmanship of tailoring are some of the signatures of Diesel Black Gold that imbue the products with an authentic vintage feel and a sophisticated, contemporary image.
Diesel Black Gold is the ultimate Rock Chic for those who understand that style has nothing to do with uniformity.
Especially the last sentence is something a lot of us adhere to pretty much. I have to say, there are quite some eye-catchers in the line, especially among the boots and shoes.
Not necessarily something for a convention, but for the casual office steampunk look… I will have a closer look!
The original of the following image is taken from the collection, it is (c) Diesel, and since this technically an endorsement, it should not be aproblem of me using it here:
The stalwart defenders of good style in the British Isles, our friends at The Chap have taken a stance against Abercrombie & Fitch opening a branch on the Savile Row in London, a street known for the class and tradition of the tailors selling their suits there.
Thus, The Chap and organized a demonstration.
Please check out more images on these sites:
Kind regards to Clockworker, for pointing my attention to this event.
Every mad scientist and/or evil overlord usually has a host of henchmen and sycophants serving them in various capacities.
One specialist who is usually not found among these highly paid people with a low life expectancy is a personal style advisor.
Well, there is now help for the mad scientist of world and taste, since none other than the famed Simon Doonan himself has the following tips of what to wear if you want to be a well-dressed Mad Scientist in the workplace:
You would not believe the places you can find decent gear. A few days ago, I was looking for a replacement for a pair of my boots (after 11 years of service, they had to be retired). Thus I went browsing the ætherweb’s largest supplier of everything (you know, those who started out as a bookstore).
After a little browsing I found a suitable and due to winter sale reasonably priced pair of boots:
Which I purchased. When they arrived I was most please, not only with the boot but also with the logo, which is this:
This rather interesting logo incited me to visit their website. Now I have to warn you, the site is very modern, very hip, very trendy and I find it quite appaling. Their collection is also rather modern and hip, but… and this is a rather big but, a
so to speak. There are quite a few shoes and boots compatible with the wardrobe of a gentleman of the Steampunk or Dieselpunk persuasion, and not only the boot pictured above.
Since I need another replacement come warmer weather, I know for which exact model I have to look and I know where to find it.
Quite fortunate I stumbled upon this particular brand of boots and shoes, I think.
Wearing a hat is no very common anymore these days. Even in the Steampunk scene there seems to be only a selection of two hats available: The bowler and the top hat. I do not count aviator’s caps in, for obvious reasons.
As you may or may not be aware of, there used to be, and basically still are, rules, of when and where a gentleman would wear what type of hat.
Some of the rules are listed here, with hats to match:
I hope you found this piece of vintage advice on correct headwear as enlighting and entertaining as I did when I found it.
An image to follow up on yesterday’s men-bashing:
This is an even more drastic example than yesterday’s. Audrey Hepburn is not only an icon of 20th century cinema, as the Wikipedia states:
she was also a ballerina, a humanitarian, active with UNICEF, and affiliated with the Dutch Resistance in World War 2. Although not an active combatant, she participated in performances to raise funds for those who fought.
Whatever you may think, Ms. Hepburn was no doll!