I am a rabidly huge supporter of small businesses. Ironic coming from Starbucks’ number one fan, eh? Regardless of my vividly pink drink preferences, I adore artists from Etsy, Society 6, and beyond. So, when Blending By Betty reached out to me, I was over the moon ecstatic. Here’s an amazingly talented lady with an aesthetic that perfectly aligns with my own. And she’s willing to take a chance on teaming up with a new blog? Done and done.
I am probably completely alone in saying I don’t really care for Beyoncé but I don’t. I’ve never really cared for her music, style, or personality. It is undeniable that she is taking over the world though. Even me in my glam rock bubble notices her from time to time. I notice girls emulating her style and worshipping the ground she walks on.
I haven’t watched the video for Formation and it’s not on the top of my to-do list but this screencap has been bombarding me from every angle. Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. Tumblr. Everywhere. The stacked silver. Witchy goth style. Those Wednesday Addams braids. Where have I seen that before? Oh! The streets of the fashion meccas. Or on the crazy voguing lovers, Aya + Bambi. Haven’t seen their viral videos? Check them out here and here.
Monochrome style that’s heavily accessorized with jewels, it’s speaks volumes. Is it easy? Not quite. If you don’t edit perfectly, it will look busy and unpolished. The modern black magic witch wants to look macabre not sloppy. Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy accomplishes it flawlessly (it’s not like Beyoncé is dressing herself after all). Year after year he shows the world that it’s okay to be a little evil with collections fit for a dark goddess of the night. It’s fun to be a villain.
This brand of goth really does require a monochromatic canvas. Some branches are only for the bravest warriors (like Gaga or Daphne Guinness). The heavy adornment can drown a person. Literally, that stuff is heavy. To me…there should be two tones to an outfit like this: white, black, or grey fabric and then one specific metal. At least for full impact. Fashion is always up to the individual though, and I don’t believe in rules.
My favourite store for this is definitely Child of Wild. They march to the beat of their own drum. This company researches and respects every single piece they sell. Instead of appropriating the cultures behind the heavy metal like so many big brand names, they keep it very true to the roots crediting the culture behind each piece. No simple “tribal” titles here. A very cool company with a very positive message. It’s what the witches want.