Sonntag, 5. November 2017

Halloween 2017






Hey darklings! ❤


It's been a while since my last entry-
i am really bad at frequent posting.
Shame, shame, shame...

But well, i have great news!




 I have teamed up with PUNK RAVE for a permanent collaboration.
As you can see in my last postings, Punk Rave are my favourite brand for elegant gothic clothing. 


 





I am so excited to work with them!
We will team up for the important holiday events and i will create some artwork wearing their marvellous designs.

www.punkrave.ch 




Fall is here and Winter is coming, so its time for long Coats, Capes, Layers and Velvet.









 
I am wearing the beautiful "Her Majesty's Gothic Jacket" It's made from heavy black velvet and the sleeves are decorated with elegant lace trimmings, a layered collar and 7 metal buttons. But note that it's a ladie's coat so i have to wear size XXL to fit my not-very-ladylike figure.





 

The decorated Blouse is called the "Ramsay Bolton Shirt". It has gorgeous volants, a lot of silver buttons and some pretty ornamental trimmings on the shoulders. 




 














I don't really get the name choice... i don't recall Ramsay Bolton ever wearing something so fabulous, but i still appreciate the GOT reference. XD




 




 I am so in love with the "Gentle Evening Gloves" from Punk Rave's new collection! They are trimmed with lace and fake fur.

 

 

 

    

 

 

 

Go and checkout PunkRave's offcal website: punkrave.ch




 Thanks to the Punk Rave team for the wonderful collaboration! 

 

This is Halloween, this is Halloween...🎃

 


Lately  had to pleasure to shoot several sets with the incredibly talented photographer Lycilia Arts. She is such a sweetheart and i love working with her.
The beautiful witch next to me is Bella Bass, a dear friend of mine. You might remember that she was the photographer of my last Punkrave Shootings.❤

The Waistcoat is called "The Poison Ivy vest" ! You can find it at www.fantasmagoria.eu/ 


I hope you guys had a great Halloween/Samhain season!

Sonntag, 2. April 2017

Modeling for PUNK RAVE ❤ (Pt.2)


So here is my second shooting for PUNK RAVE !


Bella Bass Photography and i had another gorgeous photoshooting together. She is an amazing photographer and we had a lot of fun during the shooting at an old gothic church.

We wanted to portrait a dark, but still very romantic fairytale athmosphere.





 

 

  Heavy is the head, that wears the crown.....


I got a really beautiful set of jewelry by an etsy shop called Evil Ogi's Garb. They sent me a sparkly set of elizabethan ispired jewelry, icluding a decadent crown and a chain of office, which made the whole shooting much more magical and helped me feel like a suffering Vampire Prince in his Castle.









The outfit was a beautiful long velvet Coat with lace decoration, a black Shirt with a lot of Ruffles and a Jabot/Neck Tie and a faux leather Corset. Oh, and a lovely pair of lace gloves from Punk Rave's Lolita daughter-brand "Pyon Pyon"!

I addet a faux fur Collar to make it look a bit more regal and majestic.


Combined with the faux leather pants i got from DarkInCloset last year!



Where to get it?





You can find all of the clothing at PunkRaveStore.com !
Jewelry by Evil Ogi's Garb / Recycled Rockstah
Pants by Dark In Closet

Idea, Makeup and Styling by me ^-^





Thanks to Ivy from Punk Rave and Angie from Recycled Rockstah for making this magical shooting happen ❤

Please checkout my friend Bella's photo-page!

Bella Bass Photography



Modeling for PUNK RAVE ❤ ( Pt.1 )





I recently collaborated with
PUNK RAVE, one of the biggest names in Gothic and alternative fashion.




PUNK RAVE

I already had the pleasure to with a lot of fabulous Shops, Brands and Designers, but Punk Rave combines all three in their Company. They provide high quality clothing and accessories for Gothic, Steampunk, Lolita and Punk fashion.
I already wrote a bit about them in my last post: (→ Shopping for Goth Boys)

My friend Ivy from www.punkravestore.com reached out to me and we decided to work together for a shooting project!

I had the first shooting last Autumn with my dear friend Bella Bass Photography. Here are some of the Photos:

The outfit was a Beautiful leggins with Lace-Applications, a ruffled shirt and a beautiful Brocade Vest.

I really love how the pictures came out- The clothing has amazing quality and gives me all my black little heart desires. The Leggins have a see-through part, decorated with a beautiful lace applique and the Vest is one of my favourite Punk Rave pieces, it has a slim fit but is still very masculine and elegant with a beautiful baroque-pattern burnout-velvet and delicate chinese buttons.

You can find all of these beautiful pieces at www.punkravestore.com


The boots are original Vegan Leather "New Rock" Boots from EMP

"Serpent Amulett" by Evil Pawn Jewelry.
"Seraphim Necklace" by Alchemy Gothic


Mittwoch, 3. August 2016

Shopping for Goth Boys - Elegant Clothing for Men - DarkInCloset

Shopping for Goth Boys - Elegant Gothic Clothing for Men - DarkInCloset


Every male goth knows the problem- Shopping for boys.

There are so many shops that offer elegant Lady's clothing. If you are looking for victorian clothing, romantic goth, historical inspired dresses, almost every gothic shop sells long dresses, skirts, corsets and jewellry... everywhere are lace gloves and stockings and little headpieces. But finding beutiful dark clothing for men can be frustrating.

PUNK RAVE



Luckily, there is "PUNK RAVE". They are definitely one of the Leading brands, if not THE leading brand for gothic clothing. Foundet in 2006 they have an incredible diverse range of unique styles from Punk and Gothic Lolita to elegant victorian vampire clothing. The quality has improved so much over the past years and the designs are just my absolute ideal clothing. If i had to design a whole collection of my dream clothing it would probably look just like their stuff.
And the best thing - they are unisex. Many of their designs work for men as wll as for women and come with both size guides for male and female. They have beautiful victorian shirts with lace and riffle, decorated waistcoats and gorgeous jackets. All in all they are my favourite brand for clothing.

 


 


 DarkInCloset


Three weeks ago i was contacted by a gorgeous online shop called "DarkInCloset".
They are one of my new sponsors for this year and they have a really amazing selection of clothing. They sell the whole Punkrave line and have the largest range of Men's  Gothic clothing that i have seen in an online shop so far. They sent me an amazing outfit that i have worn for my latest shooting:









A big Thank You to DarkInCloset!
Shirt: Punk Rave Gorgeous Black Gothic Bubble Shirt for Men  
$75.00
Pants:
Punk Rave Black Gothic Leather Strap Pants for Women
$76.00
http://www.darkincloset.com/




The Photos are taken by my friend Bella Bass Photography.

You can find the KILLSTAR belt at a german gothic shop called Wonderland13
The "Targaryen Choker" is a beautiful piece by a french Jewellry shop called Wonderland MC ... Wonderful, right?

I am quite happy with the J-Rock/ Visual Kei look in this photos and i think i should wear my hair like this more often.






Dienstag, 10. November 2015

Alchemy Gothic ( 1 )

Alchemy Gothic ( I )

A while ago a fabulous colaboration was born. 

Alchemy England, my favourite brand for Jewellry and Gothic Upperclass-Lifestyle confirmed, that I would be modeling for them. 

I was never so proud before because I wear their Jewellry for so many years now. I got my first piece from Alchemy when I was about 12 years old, a necklace with a large bat. When I was older my romance with Alchemy lived on and pretty soon I had more Necklaces, Rings, Hairclips, Buckles and even an ashtray with little dragon.... I don't even smoke but the little dragon was just too adorable.. isn't he cute?
Well... Some might say that my that my obsession with Jewellry is dangerous but guess what? I love it. And I don't care. I will soon blog about my whole collection, but this post shall be focussing on my latest colaboration.

So a while after that I got post from the UK that was quite heavy and promising. And opening it was like birthday and Christmas on one day! (Not that I am christian, but I love christmas anyways- who doesn't?)

It contained the most beautiful Jewellry and my dark heart melted away for these lovely pieces.

Viennese Nights


my favourites are the "Viennese Nights" Pendant (P701) and bracelet (A108). A big silver bat with a big silvergrey crystal that matches my hair perfectly- and the pentant even has some little bats :

 

Eventide

So I was more than happy to unpack these lovely pieces. There were even more beautiful bats on the beautiful "Eventide" bracelet (A99), a shimmery mother of pearl-fullmoon accompanied by a swarm of little bats. I hope to own the matching necklace one day..
And also one of my favourites- the "La Nuit" Pendant (P600). A little bat with a large clear Swarovski Teardrop- Crystal which, as my best friend said, is probably a little version of me, carying my jewellry home after shopping.
 I guess that's just way too accurate.




But that wasn't all...

There was also a piece that I might have ignored when scrolling through the online shop, because the picture doesn't show how pretty it really is. The "Temp de Sentiment" Watch (AW26) is a very elegant victorian fob watch in a beautiful decorated heart-shape. It's run by a high quality quartz-clockwork that magically adjusted the time itself, when I first started it... I am not an expert when it comes to mechanics so I just thankfully took it as the work of friendly fairies. The little key-pendant and Swarovski pearl and crystal make the heavy watch look a little bit more feminine and sweet, whereas the very long keychain gives it a certain opulence and the touch of wealth and nostalgia.




About the brand

Alchemy England was foundet 35 years ago and may be the oldest and best known brand that explicitly serves the Gothic and Punk subculture. They are seperated into their spaces for metal-wear, gothic, punk and even steampunk, and I hardly know anyone in this scene that doesn't own at least one little piece of Alchemy. The Jewellry is made of a special english pewter and has a lifetime guarantee, as it says in the little note that comes with every piece. During my research for this blog entry I found a cute list of reasons
"Why you need Alchemy...":
  • Because you’re different! And you have taste - extraordinary design for extraordinary individuals!
  • There’s Alchemy for every alternative!
  • Established 1977 - celebrating over 35 years of unrivalled creativity.
  • Original jewellery, accessories and giftware designed by our own alternative, talented team of artists, designers and sculptors.
  • Handmade in England by our own skilled craftsmanship.
  • Unique, extraordinary design.
  • World leaders for the alternative lifestyle; from rock, goth & pagan, to vintage & steampunk.
  • Alchemy creates - the rest then imitate.
  • Incorporating original Swarovski Elements.
  • Protected by the rock-solid Alchemy guarantee.
  • Made in fine English pewter; semi-precious metal, compliant to the highest regulations.
  • Branded packaging.
  • Highly desirable and collectable objects: ‘The antiques of the future’.
  • Historically & mythologically inspired designs; a story told behind every piece.
This is copied directly from their website:

http://www.alchemyengland.com/ 


I am very honoured to have this quality-brand as my new sponsor!



Simone Richter

 I wanted my photos for Alchemy to be of the best quality and I found the photographer Simone Richter. She is based in Germany and as soon as I contacted her she was totally into the project and created these beautiful pictures with me. It was a pleasure to work with such a professional and talented artist and I just could not be happier with the outcome of our shooting! All the photos above were taken by her and she addet a touch of magic and dark fantasy with her extraordinary talent in graphic art.
I feel like a Vampire Prince when I see these pictures.


To see more of her photography, take a look at her Facebook- page "Atelier Simone Richter" 
or at her homepage:

http://www.atelier-simone-richter.de/index.html


There is also more to come at my official facebook-page:

https://www.facebook.com/valentin.van.porcelain 


Thank you for reading and keep an eye out for the second part of my review! 

Stay Dark!

 


Montag, 13. Juli 2015

Faszination Schwarze Szene

Post vom WDR


Vor einer Weile bekam ich eine E-Mail vom WDR. Das Format
"B.sucht " mit Bettina Böttinger werde bald eine Sendung ĂŒber die schwarze Szene und ihre AnhĂ€nger drehen und man suche noch nach geeigneten Protagonisten, um die Subkultur so authentisch und lebensnah wie möglich darzustellen.
Robert Forst von der Grufti-Kollumne "Spontis" war so lieb den Kontakt herzustellen und schlug mich fĂŒr das Format vor.
http://www.spontis.de/ 

Zu allererst stellten sich meine Nackenhaare auf, und mir kamen all die missglĂŒckten Dokumentationen in den Sinn, bei denen diverse Sender versuchten, die Szene zu portraitieren... nur um klĂ€glich an den ĂŒblichen Klischees zu scheitern.
Reißerische Titel wie "blasse Gestalten auf dem Friedhofs-spaziergang" oder "so sexy sind die Untoten" liesst man ja bedauerlicherweise gar nicht selten, und es ist immer wieder erstaunlich, wie man in wenigen SĂ€tzen einfach VÖLLIGES UnverstĂ€ndnis beweisen kann. 

Aber in der Nachricht vom WDR hieß es ausdrĂŒcklich, dass man genau dieses Niveau vermeiden wolle und dass mit Bettina Böttinger (bekannt u.a. durch ihre Sendung "Kölner Treff") auch eine Moderatorin fĂŒr dieses Projekt verantwortlich sei, die genug FeingefĂŒhl und Offenheit besitzt, um völlig unvoreingenommen an das Thema heranzutreten. Ich schaute mir die bisherigen Folgen von B.sucht in der Online-Mediathek des WDR an, in denen z.B. ĂŒber leidenschaftliche KleingĂ€rtner, transsexuelle Menschen und Tierliebhaber berichtet wurde und stellte fest, dass die Sendung wirklich QualitĂ€t und Tiefgang hat:
http://www1.wdr.de/fernsehen/kultur/bsucht/indexbsucht100.html

Ich fasste den Entschluss, dass es wohl einen Versuch wert sei. Ich antwortete auf die Mail und machte mit dem Team einen Casting-termin aus, bei dem mich zunĂ€chst zwei der Reporterinnen zuhause besuchen wollten, um den ersten Kontakt herzustellen. 
Friederike MĂŒllender und Sarah Ernst haben sich also auf den Weg gemacht und mich in meinem schwarzen Turmzimmer besucht. Sie schienen im ersten Augenblick ein wenig ĂŒberfordert und ĂŒberhĂ€uften mich mit Fragen, aber die beiden waren so bezaubernd und offen, dass sich meine Bedenken auflösten. Kurze Zeit spĂ€ter bekam ich die Zusage, dass man mit mir drehen wolle, und ich lernte auch die zustĂ€ndige Regisseurin Birgit Quastenberg kennen, die sich sichtlich ĂŒber all den glitzernden Unfug in meiner Wohnung freute. Der erste Drehtermin wurde verabredet, und die Entscheidung war gefallen....


 

 

 

Das Interview




Am Tag des Geschehens kam also Frau Böttinger höchstpersönlich, samt Regisseurin, Maske, Kamera, Ton und Produktionsleiter zu Besuch. Bettina ist nicht nur ein beeindruckender, charismatischer Mensch, sie strahlt auch solch eine menschliche NĂ€he und WĂ€rme aus, dass mir doch tatsĂ€chlich mein eisiges Herz aufging und ich all ihre Fragen bereitwillig beantwortete. 


Egal, wie sehr ich mir auch vorgenommen hatte, nicht zu viele Klischees zu bedienen, ich fĂŒrchte an diesem Punkt habe auch ich versagt. Ich kann, was das angeht, nicht aus meiner Haut. So versuchte ich, ihr die Ästhetik der Schwarzen Szene nĂ€herzubringen, indem ich ihr erklĂ€rte, dass Gruftis einfach die schwarze Seite des Lebens schĂ€tzen und quasi ein umgekehrtes Wertesystem haben... Dass ich mit Tageslicht, Sommer und Sonnenschein einfach nichts anfangen kann und mich die Nacht und alles Dunkle viel mehr reizen. 
Ich erzĂ€hlte also von meinem Hang zu Kitsch und Glitzer, meiner Puppensammlung, den Blicken und den Beleidigungen, die man als Grufti auf sich zieht, meinem Perfektionismus, dem Tratsch innerhalb der Szene und auch der einsamen Kindheit, die Andersartigkeit nun mal mit sich bringen kann. 
 Ich zeigte auch noch mein Arbeitszimmer vor, in dem ich meine GewĂ€nder plane, zeichne und nĂ€he und erklĂ€rte, wie lange es dauert, bis ein KostĂŒm von der ersten Skizze bis zum fertigen Gewand entsteht. 


Monsterbarbie

 
Abseits der Kamera drĂŒckte mir Bettina nebenbei bemerkt ein Paket in die Hand, das unheimlich liebevoll in schwarzes Papier und einer rosa Schleife verpackt war, die von einem Vampirgebiss gehalten wurde.. Und darin war die Monster High-Puppe "Sirena Van Boo", eine untote Meerjungfrau, die ich mir schon lange wĂŒnschte - ich weiß gar nicht, womit ich so viel LiebenswĂŒrdigkeit verdient habe... O__O







Auf Tour mit einem Grufti ...

Als nĂ€chstes warf ich mich in mein Reisekleid, setze meine grauen Kontaktlinsen ein und spannte meinen gerĂŒschten Sonnenschirm auf -

Eine Straßenbahnfahrt mit Bettina wartete. Wir zogen einige Blicke auf uns - der Vampirprinz im Rokoko-Gewand zusammen mit der Fernsehmoderatorin in der U-Bahn. 
Ein paar alte Damen versammelten sich aufgeregt um uns, weil sie Bettina Böttinger ganz unbedingt einmal die Hand geben wollten - eine besonders ĂŒbermotivierte Expertin rief  "Das ist doch Christine Westermann!" durch die Bahn, was Frau BÖTTINGER natĂŒrlich sehr freute....nicht.


Steinchen


Ich zeigte Bettina meinen Lieblingsladen - das PerlengeschÀft "Steinchen" in der Innenstadt von Essen:
http://www.steinchen-essen.de/

Der gesamte Laden ist einfach nur traumhaft. Wo man auch hinschaut, ĂŒberall glitzert und funkelt es, und es gibt Perlen in allen Farben und Formen. Die Disney-Prinzessin in mir weint vor Freude, wann immer ich den Laden betrete. Ich erzĂ€hlte, wie schwierig es manchmal ist, ein böser Goth zu sein und gleichzeitig in einer glitzernden Disneywelt zu leben.... #firstworldproblems
Die Inhaber sind unglaublich lieb und geduldig und stehen jederzeit mit Rat und Tat zur Seite, einen Besuch kann ich also nur empfehlen!
"Steinchen"
Huyssenallee 9, 45128 Essen

An dieser Stelle möchte ich mich noch einmal sowohl bei Bettina, als auch bei der lieben Inhaberin Beatrice Stieb bedanken, die mir eine wundervolle Sammlung an Swarovski-Steinen mit auf den Weg gaben <3







Das Phantom der Oper

Zu guter Letzt fuhren wir noch zu meinem Arbeitsplatz, der Deutschen Oper am Rhein in DĂŒsseldorf.
Ich hatte dort ein Jahr lang ein Jahrespraktikum als KostĂŒmassistent absolviert. 
Ich zeigte Bettina den KostĂŒmfundus und das Stofflager und erzĂ€hlte, wie ich dazu kam, KostĂŒme zu gestalten. 

FĂŒr Festivals, Shootings und MaskenbĂ€lle fertige ich die meisten Outfits selbst und strebe eine Laufbahn als KostĂŒmbildner an - das Praktikum an der Oper bot mir da einen wundervollen Einblick.

Frontrow Images

Wir trafen uns vor der Oper mit Tom Row, einem Szene- und Band-Fotografen aus Iserlohn.

http://frontrowimages.com/
https://www.facebook.com/FrontrowImages

Mit ihm hatte ich mein abschließendes Fotoshooting in der NĂ€he der Oper, um zu demonstrieren, wie Models und Fotografen in der Gothic-Szene zusammenwirken, um eine ganz bestimmte AthmosphĂ€re und Ästhetik zu erzeugen. 
Das Foto bekommt durch Tom's Bearbeitung einen ganz besonderen Zauber, der schon einem GemĂ€lde oder einem Fantasy-Kunstwerk gleichkommt. 
Ich bin mit dem Endergebnis mehr als zufrieden ♥ ♥ ♥






Die Doku

Die fertige Dokumentation wird am 23.07.2015 um 22:00 Uhr im WDR Unter dem Titel "B.sucht - Faszination Schwarze Szene" ausgestrahlt! Den Link zur Online-Mediathek werde ich noch veröffentlichen.