Valentine’s Day means something different for everyone. That said, honestly, I’m not the biggest fan of V-Day. With people I love, every day should be a special day, not just one designated date where I feel pressured to buy a Hallmark card, heart-shaped candy or some fancy, romantic gift to prove my love. I believe in love and passion, but I don’t want my romantic time commercialized or dictated to me. That’s my take on it.
Chinese New Year’s, on the other hand, is awesome! Fireworks, sharing a great, huge Chinese meal with family, getting red money pouches, now that’s something I can get into. I even heard that in China, people get to take a week off to celebrate; lucky!! That’s right, Chinese folks know how to party!
As much as I bitch about Valentine’s Day, I will celebrate it my own way via this post. The inspiration: provocative heart imagery and the color red, which is a lucky color for Chinese people.
And speaking of love, I’ll finally tell you about my latest obsession: The amazing, sexy, gory, bleeding heart necklace you’ve spotted on Lexi Love and me is designed by Miss X:
Miss X Jewellery Division is an accessories label from Australian designers Amelia Arsenic and ZooG, who have their studio in NYC. With a background in graphic design and rock’n’roll (the duo are also in the industrial cyberpunk band Angelspit), the debut range is a fusion of medical imagery with a pop culture twist. Featuring a striking palette of red, black and white, the collection is a heady mix of bleeding hearts & lips, dripping scalpels, nurse crosses and elaborate neo-baroque imagery. The Miss X brand also boasts a cosmetics division, for those that like their colours loud and their makeup fierce.
In addition to the heart necklace I got for the New York Press photo shoot, Miss X Aesthetic Laboratories also gave me a chance to play with different looks from their jewelry, as well as makeup line. Here are the heady results:
Outside in below-freezing weather w/o my silver gloves on!
Miss X heart necklace; silence + noise dress, echo gloves, Kushyfoot tights, We Who See boots.
San Diego Hat Co. knit fedora, Miss X crest necklace, Necessary Objects cardigan,
lucca couture shirt, echo gloves, silence + noise jeans, We Who See shoes.
OK, I don’t want to hog all the jewelry, so I had a couple people step in to model:
Beegi rockin’ the lips! Miss X lips necklace.
Kristina, a.k.a. “K-Jem” rolled through from Toronto.
Miss X scalpel necklace.
Btw, I’m wearing Miss X Loose Eyeshadow in Royally Fucked and Eyeliner in Debaser.
I’ve been looking for a vivid purple eyeshadow and I’ve found it! And yes, the makeup consistency is excellent.
Amelia Arsenic doesn’t fuck around with her makeup line.
The t-shirt image, reinverted to positive.
Alexander McQueen t-shirt, Miss X heart bracelet.
As a style+design blogger, I like to influence trends. However, for inspiration, I also check out other fashion blogs. Here is where I’d like to give a shoutout to nubbytwiglet.com, where I first salivated over the crest necklace heard about the MIss X brand. Nubby is an amazing graphic designer and quite the stylish one herself.
Lastly, I’d like to mention another amazing blog I encountered this week, destroyx.com, which belongs to Amelia Arsenic, part of the design duo behind Miss X Aesthetic Laboratories. Here’s where you can read about Amelia’s exploits in fashion and design and get some great makeup tutorials.
Photos: Steve “Beegi” Halpern
P.S. I spent most of my Valentine’s Day/Chinese New Year’s piecing together this post; tell me this isn’t a labor of love!