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November 4, 2000 |
Blank stares. I know them well--I've taught for the last 27 years. They come whenever I say things like "I would like to teach you some grammar" or "Remember when we did this?" But for the last few years I have been giving some stares myself. More and more. I remember my first blank stare. It was two years ago. I was telling my students about the life of Lord Byron and someone in the back called out "Livin' La Vida Loca!" My face went blank.
January 31, 2007 |
Maybe the devil wears Prada in the posh offices of Vogue, but at Gothic Beauty magazine, the devil wears a red miniskirt made of PVC plastic, a strap-up corset, ripped fishnet stockings, knee-high black leather boots with five belts per shin and a latex bracelet with winged eyeballs, accessorized with a lovely, coffin-shaped Demonia handbag. Gothic Beauty is a quarterly fashion magazine for goths, published in Portland, Ore. But Gothic Beauty is more than just a fashion magazine.
July 2, 2013 |
Rockers Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger are married after tying the knot Monday at an estate in the south of France. And the bride wore black. "I wanted to make sure it's a crazy vacation and an experience of a lifetime for our guests,” said Lavigne, 28, speaking with Hello magazine. About 110 guests attended the candlelight, Gothic-themed ceremony at the Chateau de la Napoule medieval castle near Cannes, People said. Lavigne walked down the aisle in a black tulle Monique Lhuillier number.
January 27, 2009 |
A pair of newcomers to Paris men's fashion week set out their stark vision of menswear, and they didn't so much push the envelope as light it on fire and beat out the flames with a gilded elk horn. Avant-garde London-based designer Gareth Pugh, known for his intricate geometric designs and out-there pieces, closed out the four days of Fall/Winter 2009-2010 shows in Paris on Sunday with the debut of his men's line.
December 18, 2011 |
It couldn't be further from the conventional period drama with the nipped-waist bodices and ostentatious accessories that frequently garner award show attention for costuming. Nonetheless, "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," the American film based on the first book of Stieg Larsson's popular Millennium trilogy, is likely to attract some attention with its hard-hitting looks that reflect a darker side of contemporary street fashion. The producers of the film, which opens Dec. 20, put together a style dream team to transform actress Rooney Mara into Lisbeth Salander, a waifish, goth-punk heroine who becomes an unlikely ally for a journalist involved in a twisted mystery.
November 27, 2008 |
In "Goth Cruise," 150 vacationing goths join 2,500 "norms" on a really, really big ship on a trip from New Jersey to Bermuda and back. Directed by Jeanie Finlay, a recovered goth, this happy little documentary premieres today on the Independent Film Channel's IFC Free video-on-demand channel. (The film has been running since midnight and is available locally via DirecTV and the Charter cable network.
September 6, 2013 |
Those thoroughly satiated with beach days and summer blonds can seek refuge of a darker sort in two new novels for young adults in which classic 19th century Gothic novels get a postmodern, post-punk makeover influenced by the aesthetic of their 20th century pop culture counterpart, Gothic rock. Australian poet and fantasy novelist Alison Croggon starts her novel "Black Spring" with the plot skeleton of Emily Brontë's "Wuthering Heights," then grafts on witches, wizards and a little contemporary feminist theory.
March 6, 2008 |
THERE are combinations in life that make no sense yet seem to work. Chicken and waffles. Run-DMC and Aerosmith. And roller skating and gothic industrial music. The latter pairing makes for a quite a spectacle at World on Wheels on a recent Monday night. Yes, that's a trauma victim circling the rink, not far from the top hat-wearing Victorian gentleman and other daringly costumed devotees done up as if they take their fashion cues from the Cure's Robert Smith.
November 16, 2000 |
Club venues in L.A. have a form of multiple personality disorder. Bringing in outside promoters is the norm for most these days--Tuesday's gay dance club is a hip-hop hang on Wednesday and a glam-rock shindig on Friday. It's easier for new venues--places without their own identity--to transform themselves each night. But imagine a 73-year-old bar trying to hold onto its long established reputation and atmosphere while seeking an updated, new image.