Saturday, 19 January 2013

Dandy Highwayman Chic at the Gothic Shop

The Dandy Highwayman AKA singer Adam Ant is undoubtedly an icon in the British music industry. Best known for those shouty rebellious hits back in the 1980's- He created the soundtrack to a generation of rebellious British teenagers. But it was not just about the music, as you know with any great musical legend comes their style. It was this that he was well known for. Adam Ant pioneered alternative fashion on a truly grande scale, the likes of which have never been seen before or since.

He portrayed his 'Dandy Highwayman' persona on stage to swooning girls and raucous young men. For those of us who can remember- the legendary stripe across the face, the fearlessness in his face, Adam Ant was the true personification of rebellion. His popularity has spanned decades and shows no sign of waning!

Now Adam Ant is back with a new album (Blueback Hussar in Marrying the Gunner's Daughter out on the 21st of January). Taking all things 'Adam Ant' as inspiration I have picked out just a few pieces from The Gothic Shop that shout out 'Highwayman Chic'!

Military: There are strong elements of all things military in Adam Ant's style, both then and now. Key pieces include that long coat, fully fitted with antiquated military buttons along with epaulets. One also has the loose fitted Georgian style shirt or romantic heroes. Have a spare Tricorn or Bicorn hat lying around? Add it jauntily to the side for a supremely over-the-top lavish look for your period style!

Brocade Black Short Fitted Military Jacket  
Pirates: Those wayward roguish lifestyles, the adventure of the open ocean and battle is the swashbuckling life of a pirate are all things that we adore! Take these ideas and add a little Adam Ant magic and Voila!
The dandy highwayman steals your treasure but also steals our hearts!

Alchemy Gothic at The Gothic Shop have a brilliant skull and heart inspired collection of jewellery- two of the hottest trends. This heart shaped silver locket complete with skull motif is the ideal accessory to go with your damsel in distress ballgown or your lady pirate get up! Complete with lace ribbon for a great choker necklace look.

The Relinquary Heart Skull Locket Gothic Necklace 
Lace and Ruffles: Pirate girls are also known for their love for the Gothic! Lace, crinolines and those fabrics from past times are still very much in vogue when it comes to a period-inspired lifestyle. Whether you are going for the Georgian look or a Victorian mourning style then this is the accessory for you. The black sultry ruffled lace bangle can be worn alongside a more modern casual look. Add it to your feminine girl pirate outfit for ostentatious night out!

Lace Trimmed Bangle by Prong 
'Blueback Hussar in Marrying the Gunners Daughter' marks the legendary pop icon's return. With both new fans as well as old we could see it inspire a new resurgence of period fashion, pirate chic and a romantic Georgian style this summer. Get ahead of this alternative fashion game at The Gothic Shop!