Vogue Italia: Chic Gothic Glam

Posted on September 08, 2011

Darlings, for your pretty of the day, let’s all look at depressed, possibly psychotic girls in gorgeous clothes.


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Vogue Italia September 2011 Issue
Editorial: “Chic Gothic Glam”
Models: Ruby Aldridge & Arizona Muse
Photographed by: Craig McDean
Styled by: Tabitha Simmons

“Gothic Glam” is definitely the right phrase for this one.  The clothes, as we said, are gorgeous. So is the styling. We could have done without the slightly overwrought feeling throughout, but hey, sometimes a girl just wants to put aside the cutting and the writing of bad poetry and just spend the day pondering the Dark Meaning of Things in really expensive clothing.

Haven’t we all been there, darlings?


Mary Katrantzou


Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière. Kenzo by Antonio Marras.

Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci. Louis Vuitton.

Emporio Armani. Alexander McQueen. Roberto Cavalli. Marchesa.

Bally. Louis Vuitton. Commes des Garçons.

Miu Miu. Jil Sander.

Lanvin. Iris Van Herpen. Chanel.

Valentino. Prada.

 

[Photo Credit: Craig McDean for vogue.it]

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  • Anonymous

    Their layout is confusing, but these photos are delicious.

  • http://aintbaroque.wordpress.com/ Ain’t Baroque

    I wonder if Arizona Muse is her real name…

    • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

      My thoughts exactly!  Sure sounds like a “stage name” to me!  And a dumb one at that!

    • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

      My thoughts exactly!  Sure sounds like a “stage name” to me!  And a dumb one at that!

  • http://aintbaroque.wordpress.com/ Ain’t Baroque

    I wonder if Arizona Muse is her real name…

  • http://profiles.google.com/gillianholroyd gillian holroyd

    That long-haired model has a Penelope Tree vibe going.

  • http://profiles.google.com/gillianholroyd gillian holroyd

    That long-haired model has a Penelope Tree vibe going.

  • http://twitter.com/jennsaysmeow Fifi LaRoux

    High school me would be all over these photos like ants on a picnic. Now I just think they’re pretty. :) Also I really want to feed the model with the shaved head.

  • http://profiles.google.com/denise.alden Denise Alden

    I am so crazy for Mary Katrantzou’s designs!  Love love love!

  • Anonymous

    The spread is too  dark for me.  (not so much the mood but the lack of light)

    My vision is not as good as it once was – but I don’t need it so dark that it makes my vision seem worse than it is.

  • Anonymous

    i have to say that i love this.

  • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

    Amazing how they have taken some relatively benign looking clothes and styled them into a Edgar Allen Poe Frenzy.  It manages to work somehow.  Of course some of the ensembles are pretty out there, but the majority are actually fairly wearable clothing, minus the bird wings, skulls and Paranoid Schizophrenic expressions on the models.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, I was thinking the same, a lot of those would look positively bright and fun without photoshop

  • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

    You know, when I was depressed I never looked like that.  Goths kill me, they really do — no one who’s really disturbed has the energy to put into their appearance that much.

    • Anonymous

      I agree.  And they are *so* anti-establishment, but they buy clothes from Hot Topic that cost more than a pair of jeans from Old Navy.

      • Monica Valbuena

        how does Goth = being depressed??? Seriously I was rather happy and stuff when I was in HS and I was a goth. 

        • Anonymous

          I’m not sure. All of the Goths I know, and I used to be way more into the scene than I am now, are actually all pretty fun loving people. They just happen to love the aesthetic, the music, the fun of wearing whatever the hell you want. Certainly not depressed, and most have a great sense of humour.

        • Anonymous

          I’m not sure. All of the Goths I know, and I used to be way more into the scene than I am now, are actually all pretty fun loving people. They just happen to love the aesthetic, the music, the fun of wearing whatever the hell you want. Certainly not depressed, and most have a great sense of humour.

        • Anonymous

          Exactly. This is such a mistaken stereotype. I suppose it comes from mixed up teenagers who’ll find something to mope about anyway, and so flirt with goth subculture for a while. But being a goth does not equal being depressed! There’s plenty of perfectly merry, happy and well-balanced people of all ages out there who called or still call themselves goths!

        • Anonymous

          Exactly. This is such a mistaken stereotype. I suppose it comes from mixed up teenagers who’ll find something to mope about anyway, and so flirt with goth subculture for a while. But being a goth does not equal being depressed! There’s plenty of perfectly merry, happy and well-balanced people of all ages out there who called or still call themselves goths!

        • Anonymous

          Exactly. This is such a mistaken stereotype. I suppose it comes from mixed up teenagers who’ll find something to mope about anyway, and so flirt with goth subculture for a while. But being a goth does not equal being depressed! There’s plenty of perfectly merry, happy and well-balanced people of all ages out there who called or still call themselves goths!

        • muzan-e

          Yup. I’ve known angry goths. And I’ve known perky goths. *g*

          But depressed?  Depressed is dragging on yesterday’s sweats again and just shoving at the hair because who fucking cares. 

        • Anonymous

          I think a large part of the thinking that goth=depressed is from things like this editorial, where the women appear depressed and the title is that it is goth.  Then you have so many young people who identify themselves as goth and attempt suicide, so there is a correlation made between the two.  Did you ever see the South Park episode where Stan becomes Goth b/c he’s heartbroken?  Right or wrong that perception is what most people have about goths.

          • Anonymous

            Yes, but the editorial is “gothic” not “goth.”  It’s not the same.  Gothic is overwrought, neurotic, obsessed with death.  Goths dress in black.

          • Anonymous

            The models don’t look any more depressed than in most other editorials to me.
            Just because some mixed-up teenagers become goths (or something they think of as goth) doesn’t mean goth = depressed. Certainly it’s probably a subculture that is more introspective and cerebral and tends to attract kids who feel a bit outside and aren’t interested in gangs/fights/cars/fake-tan etc. But goth equaling depression is just another incorrect stereotype. The person all in black isn’t necessarily any less happy than the person in day-glo pink – they just have better taste ;)

    • Anonymous

      I know, give me my sweats, ratty slippers. ben & jers, right ipod tune and call it a day! Oh, I might exchange said ben & jers for Jim ( Jim Bean:) ).  But I guess if you’re gonna put effort into dressing for your depress state this is certainly the way to go.

  • MilaXX

    love that flowered coat

  • Anonymous

    Love that Miu Miu coat!

    • Anonymous

      My fave too!

  • Anonymous

    Hmm…the Commes de Garcons is a bit like a grown-up Annie, with the collar and the color.

  • Anonymous

    Some gorgeous clothes and definitely a lot of effort for a certain style they pulled off well, for what it is.  Maybe it is the old bitchy queen in me but I really feel if you are lucky enough to be wearing thousands of dollars of couture clothing, you should look nothing but thrilled, happy, ecstatic or at the very least, comfortable and serene.  Depressed? No…..

    • Judy_J

      Well put.  I’d be smiliing from ear to ear if I were allowed to wear these beautiful clothes!

  • Anonymous

    Dark Nature + High Fashion ?

  • Anonymous

    The shaven-headed model is serving up some early 90s Sinéad O’Connor. 

    Werq it girl.

  • Anonymous

    I think I would like these clothes if I could make them out. It’s not a good idea to make your photos so atmospheric that you can’t see the product. 

  • Anonymous

    I’m not sure why, but these aren’t doing it for me. All the elements are right but something about the way they’re coming together leaves me cold. Wrong models, maybe?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Catherine-Rhodes/602850414 Catherine Rhodes

    I hate it when the styling gets in the way of the clothes. I’m sure they’re pretty but I can’t see them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=12500056 Joseph Lamour

    Requisite Sinead O’Connor at her Pope-ripping peak comparison.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=12500056 Joseph Lamour

    Requisite Sinead O’Connor at her Pope-ripping peak comparison.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=12500056 Joseph Lamour

    Requisite Sinead O’Connor at her Pope-ripping peak comparison.

  • Anonymous

    Very nice. And I like that they’ve chosen clothes that aren’t predictably gothic but still capture the mood and work with the styling. Should be shown to some youngsters to illustrate that it doesn’t need to be all crushed velvet and pvc, that a bit more imagination works wonders!

  • Anonymous

    I love the whole thing.  I tend to walk on the dark side of the street myself.

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/dLUE.9h6zdoHMLprP6AQrSQpKt0CZys-#e58b4 tom

    I can see no reason to exhibit clothes this way.  Not only can you not really see them they are overwhelmed by the so called artistic display.  The question is was this supposed to show off the merchandise or showcase the photographer’s bad art.  If it was  the latter it was done splendidly; if the former a failure. It is sometimes unbeliveable what passes as artistic. This spread is only good fpr lining a birdcage.

  • Annie Leung

    I can hear Iman yelling that Goth is a legitimate style in my mind (how I miss PR Canada), but the spread is stunning.

  • Anonymous

    Whole spread is overdone. Trying to hard.

  • http://twitter.com/pinup_ghoul Pinup Ghoul

    Great editorial, perfect for fall. I love that the clothes are the focus, too, as opposed to some more recent editorials that seem to be more about exploiting the model or a concept.

    God, I love that Miu Miu coat dress. I would wrestle a bear for a chance to have that in my wardrobe. A small bear. And we wouldn’t actually hurt one another. We’d just pillow fight.

  • Anonymous

    IDGI how it’s goth. It’s just moody looking models in dim light. big whoop.

  • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986 Judy S

    The Comme des garçons model looks comme un garçon.

  • Anonymous

    Love it all.  I wish, just to be contrary – I wish the photog had had the models smile reallly wide.  Just to mess with the viewer. 

  • Anonymous

    That Miu Miu coat is gorgeous. As a high schooler I would have been drooling all over this and the current me likes it fine. 

  • Anonymous

    That Miu Miu coat is gorgeous. As a high schooler I would have been drooling all over this and the current me likes it fine. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maressa-Morales/622317205 Maressa Morales

    I’m sorry but these two models just look dead in the facial area, their posing is only so so. If only they would give fiercer faces… 

  • spooki C

    Doesn’t really feel “goth” to me, it’s just some bored looking models with vines and branches. The makeup and clothing don’t look particularly gothic OR glam… pretty disappointed in this one.

    This, however is gothic glam
    http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lc77fgsmm21qdwzcgo1_500.jpg    
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v325/EdenProsper/Blog%20Spot/May1%202009%20Edgar/DSC_0248.jpg     

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sarah-Adams/1143985903 Sarah Adams

      Exactly!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sarah-Adams/1143985903 Sarah Adams

      Exactly!

  • http://twitter.com/wrenaria Kimmy Hescock

    That Miu Miu jacket is super pretty. <3

  • margaret meyers

    Loved it.  This was as good as the Belgian lace and freaky leather accesories with Victorian clothes spread.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1234087433 Jen Freeman

    Is the long haired model Ann, the winner from the most recent “cycle” ::coughGAGcough:: of America’s Next Top Model?  Looks like her, and she’s very awkward teen angsty, so it’s a good fit.

    • Anonymous

      Models: Ruby Aldridge & Arizona MuseThe long-haired model, hate to say it since it sounds mean, but she’s much prettier than Ann. Also not quite so gangly.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sarah-Adams/1143985903 Sarah Adams

    I don’t see Gothic or Goth here. I see some black clothes and some red shot in bad light. This shoot isn’t even close to capturing the aesthetic of either, even if by “Gothic” they meant “pretentious kids who shop at Hot Topic.” A couple of the dresses could have been styled in the Gothic Lolita manner, but they weren’t. The Goth scene is old enough and complex enough at this point that the stylists really should have known better. My guess is they do know better, but assumed their audience doesn’t so they felt free to give it a semi-edgy sounding name. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sarah-Adams/1143985903 Sarah Adams

    I don’t see Gothic or Goth here. I see some black clothes and some red shot in bad light. This shoot isn’t even close to capturing the aesthetic of either, even if by “Gothic” they meant “pretentious kids who shop at Hot Topic.” A couple of the dresses could have been styled in the Gothic Lolita manner, but they weren’t. The Goth scene is old enough and complex enough at this point that the stylists really should have known better. My guess is they do know better, but assumed their audience doesn’t so they felt free to give it a semi-edgy sounding name. 

  • Anonymous

    There’s too many feathers and branches and things STICKING OUT all over the place. I can’t even SEE the clothes.