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DANCES OF VICE STEAMPUNK HALLOWEEN! EDWARD GOREY VICTORIAN COSTUME PARTY, NEO-GOTH ROCOCO FASHION IN NEW YORK.


Announcing yet another Los Angeles book signing – this time for Crazy Wacky Theme Restaurants: Tokyo!
WHEN: Monday, November 30, 6:30-8:30pm
WHERE: Giant Robot LA gallery, 2062 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles CA
Hope to see you there and at the November 28 and 29 signings at Kinokuniya LA.

Let’s now reminisce on the most important day of the year: October 31st, All Hallow’s Eve. My evening began with an aborted attempt to get into the Vice Magazine 1994-themed party in Brooklyn. I was with Elizabeth Wurtzel, author of bestselling memoir Prozac Nation who is featured in October’s issue of Vice. And get this: not even she could get in! The Vice party was an absolute disaster: there was no VIP list, the warehouse was over-capacity…

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Onward, to the next Halloween bash — which turned out to be the best one in NYC that night. Dances of Vice is a celebrated gathering of neo-Victorian, steampunk and dark cabaret aesthetes. I saw Napoleonic military outfits and Marie Antoinette hats and knew that yes, this was the place to be!

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Theme: Edward Gorey Dwindling Party. Dresscode: Neglected Murderesses, Doubtful Guests, Gashlycrumb Tinies, Hapless Children, Gilded Bats, Lonesome Mourners, Dancing Cats, Restless Widows. Don’t you love Dances of Vice already?

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We rarely see men and women in hats these days (baseball and skullcaps do not count). What a treat to see top hats, bowlers, floppy brims, towers of fruit and a giant white parrot. The costumes were gloriously elaborate. Many of them took dedication to wear: such as the life-size curtain tassel who had to hold up his “head” all night long.

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I found Kanae, who plays the “Party Girl #1” in our fabulous Japanese B-movie. We drooled over the steampunk and broken doll jewelry.

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I ran into Kyshah Hell, my friend who interviewed me for a Morbid Outlook article. Love her veiled hat and Yohji Yamamoto dress.

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Hooray for the decadent undead and… avantgarde conceptual ghoul mummies? (Pop quiz: can anyone name the Woody Allen movie that inspired the silver-headed character in the back? Answer is here.)

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I made a beeline to this amazing Hello Kitty costume. Her Japan-style kawaii nails were done by a lady in Brooklyn.

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The fashionable spooks weren’t the only attractions (distractions?) in the room. Decadent offerings included hand-drawn Gorey portraits of guests, crime scenes interpreted through dance, a theramin performer and 24-piece chamber rock orchestra…

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From body painting to Day of the Dead makeup, there was so much inspiration in one room. Thank you to Shien Lee for inviting me — I couldn’t have spent my Halloween in a better way!

New Yorkers: you’ve got to get on board the next Dances of Vice! “The Grand Shipwreck Ball” is setting sail on November 20-22. Hurry — there are only two days left to get tickets for “the most extravagant and fanciful gathering of castaways, sailors, glittering mermaids, sea sirens, pirates, romantic sea captains and scalawags ever known to New York.” Find out the scoop on Dances of Vice’s website and Facebook.

Song of the Day #240: Dresden Dolls & The Ambitious Orchestra – One (Live) (The orchestra — especially the frontman — played an incredible set on Halloween.)

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61 Comments

  1. Posted November 18, 2009 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    :D thanks!
    It was a really great party!

  2. Posted November 18, 2009 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    SO fab! The pix of you are gorgeous!! Thanks doll!

  3. Posted November 18, 2009 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    *Amazing*Amazing*Amazing*! ^-^
    so inspirational!

  4. Posted November 18, 2009 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    I want to dress up now! lol

  5. Posted November 18, 2009 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    I want to go to Dances of Vice, but I can't miss Kaya =(

  6. Posted November 18, 2009 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    :D thanks!
    It was a really great party!

  7. Posted November 18, 2009 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    SO fab! The pix of you are gorgeous!! Thanks doll!

    • Posted November 18, 2009 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

      Thanks again for having me!

  8. Posted November 18, 2009 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Decisions, decisions… :)

  9. Posted November 18, 2009 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    I know, I want to keep up with the Joneses!

  10. Posted November 18, 2009 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    Thanks again for having me!

  11. Posted November 18, 2009 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    *Amazing*Amazing*Amazing*! ^-^
    so inspirational!

  12. Posted November 18, 2009 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    I want to dress up now! lol

    • Posted November 18, 2009 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

      I know, I want to keep up with the Joneses!

  13. Posted November 18, 2009 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    I want to go to Dances of Vice, but I can’t miss Kaya =(

    • Posted November 18, 2009 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

      Decisions, decisions… :)

      • Posted November 19, 2009 at 1:03 am | Permalink

        Kaya has a 3 hour set allowance. Definitely Kaya! [geist] is playing too =D

  14. Posted November 18, 2009 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    awesome report!!
    im so glad i was able to hang out with u too <3
    hope to meet u sometime soon :D <3

  15. Posted November 18, 2009 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    Kaya has a 3 hour set allowance. Definitely Kaya! [geist] is playing too =D

  16. Posted November 18, 2009 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    I was so surprised by the blog! Is that in NY, right? If that was in Japan, Terrible!

  17. Posted November 18, 2009 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    wow, there are some crazy costumes there!!! ( * 0 *)

  18. Posted November 19, 2009 at 12:59 am | Permalink

    awesome report!!
    im so glad i was able to hang out with u too <3
    hope to meet u sometime soon :D <3

  19. Posted November 19, 2009 at 2:11 am | Permalink

    I was so surprised by the blog! Is that in NY, right? If that was in Japan, Terrible!

    • Posted November 19, 2009 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

      The party was in Brooklyn, NYC — Bond St building. :)

  20. Posted November 19, 2009 at 2:12 am | Permalink

    wow, there are some crazy costumes there!!! ( * 0 *)

  21. Posted November 19, 2009 at 12:04 am | Permalink

    La Carmina, please, PLEASE fix your hair and learn to properly apply makeup!

    How are you running a “fashion blog” with that raggedy awful hair? Please try to look more stylish and fashionable! You look awful.

  22. Posted November 19, 2009 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    La Carmina, please, PLEASE fix your hair and learn to properly apply makeup!

    How are you running a “fashion blog” with that raggedy awful hair? Please try to look more stylish and fashionable! You look awful.

    • Posted November 19, 2009 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

      I totally agree! What an absolute mess. :)

      This was a) day 4 of Halloween, so I hardly had sleep for the past few days; b) I had a book signing earlier that day and hardly had time to get ready for the party; c) it was POURING rain and, as I wrote in the blog post, we were trapped outside the Vice 1994 party for 30 minutes, trying to get in. By the time I got to Dances of Vice, it wasn’t a pretty picture! :P

      To me, the important thing was getting the word out on Dances of Vice — it’s a terrific party and I appreciate being invited to check it out. Highly recommended!

  23. Posted November 19, 2009 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    I totally agree! What an absolute mess. :)

    This was a) day 4 of Halloween, so I hardly had sleep for the past few days; b) I had a book signing earlier that day and hardly had time to get ready for the party; c) it was POURING rain and, as I wrote in the blog post, we were trapped outside the Vice 1994 party for 30 minutes, trying to get in. By the time I got to Dances of Vice, it wasn't a pretty picture! :P

    To me, the important thing was getting the word out on Dances of Vice — it's a terrific party and I appreciate being invited to check it out. Highly recommended!

  24. Posted November 19, 2009 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    The party was in Brooklyn, NYC — Bond St building. :)

  25. Posted November 19, 2009 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    You're doing a great job in fashion, congratulations..
    Best wishes from Germany and keep on blogging…

  26. Posted November 19, 2009 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

    You’re doing a great job in fashion, congratulations..
    Best wishes from Germany and keep on blogging…

  27. Posted November 19, 2009 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    i am addicted to obentos now :D thanks to u

  28. Posted November 19, 2009 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    i am addicted to obentos now :D thanks to u

  29. Posted November 19, 2009 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    Wow you are so talented i like your style!
    keep it up
    ciao
    have a great day

  30. Posted November 19, 2009 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

    Dances Of Vice!Wish I could be there!!Hope someday ;)

  31. Posted November 19, 2009 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

    Dances Of Vice!Wish I could be there!!Hope someday ;)

  32. Posted November 19, 2009 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

    One day you should visit Kanae and me in New York and your band can perform at Dances of Vice!

  33. Posted November 20, 2009 at 5:54 am | Permalink

    i am addicted to obentos now :D thanks to u

  34. Posted November 20, 2009 at 5:55 am | Permalink

    i am addicted to obentos now :D thanks to u

  35. Posted November 20, 2009 at 6:22 am | Permalink

    Wow you are so talented i like your style!
    keep it up
    ciao
    have a great day

  36. Posted November 20, 2009 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    Dances Of Vice!Wish I could be there!!Hope someday ;)

  37. Posted November 20, 2009 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    Dances Of Vice!Wish I could be there!!Hope someday ;)

    • Posted November 20, 2009 at 7:54 am | Permalink

      One day you should visit Kanae and me in New York and your band can perform at Dances of Vice!

  38. Posted November 21, 2009 at 12:47 am | Permalink

    Is that Lady Oscar? Love that one and the Hello Kitty costume..the Day of the Dead people. Nice party!

  39. Posted November 21, 2009 at 2:34 am | Permalink

    Dances of Vice and Disco Noveaux are the parties to go if you are in NY, maybe someday..

  40. Posted November 21, 2009 at 2:35 am | Permalink

    I heartily agree! I am dying to go to Disco Nouveaux… did you check out the first one?

  41. Posted November 21, 2009 at 2:36 am | Permalink

    Ohh good question about Lady Oscar. I think she merely dressed up as a Napoleonic military aristocrat… but that is a great resemblance! It was such a fun and friendly party. :)

  42. Posted November 21, 2009 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    Is that Lady Oscar? Love that one and the Hello Kitty costume..the Day of the Dead people. Nice party!

    • Posted November 21, 2009 at 10:36 am | Permalink

      Ohh good question about Lady Oscar. I think she merely dressed up as a Napoleonic military aristocrat… but that is a great resemblance! It was such a fun and friendly party. :)

  43. Posted November 21, 2009 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    Dances of Vice and Disco Noveaux are the parties to go if you are in NY, maybe someday..

    • Posted November 21, 2009 at 10:35 am | Permalink

      I heartily agree! I am dying to go to Disco Nouveaux… did you check out the first one?

  44. Posted November 21, 2009 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    Carmen looked amazing!

  45. Posted November 21, 2009 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    I've seen some pics at Shien's flickr, mainly the same amazing regulars of DoV but less vintage and more like what Blitz club would be nowdays. You are lucky to live so close!

  46. Posted November 21, 2009 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    I like the panda!

  47. Posted November 21, 2009 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

    Carmen looked amazing!

  48. Posted November 21, 2009 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    I’ve seen some pics at Shien’s flickr, mainly the same amazing regulars of DoV but less vintage and more like what Blitz club would be nowdays. You are lucky to live so close!

  49. Posted November 21, 2009 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

    I like the panda!

  50. Posted November 21, 2009 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

    Carmen looked amazing!

  51. Posted November 21, 2009 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    I've seen some pics at Shien's flickr, mainly the same amazing regulars of DoV but less vintage and more like what Blitz club would be nowdays. You are lucky to live so close!

  52. Posted November 21, 2009 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

    I like the panda!

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