Burn These Bones

true blood

Posted in themes by burnthesebones on 03/03/2009

Pardon the hiatus, I’m working hard to resume posting on a regular basis..

Vampires have been an integral part of our cultural landscape for a while now, whether through film, TV or literature, and lately I’ve noticed how certain components of their mythos have been popping up in fashion.

While Ann-Sofie Back’s fall 2009 collection was not specifically inspired by vampires, it took direction from the campy dregs of Americana found in B horror movies (Stephen King’s Carrie in particular).

I’m glad that someone attempted create a collection encapsulating teen ennui, without resorting once again to misappropriating youth subculture.

Young, innocence waiting to be corrupted: collegiate jackets, poufy white dresses

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Adolescent rage (the most powerful kind): the shredded and slashed offerings


Dreamlike mysticism: dangling dreamcatchers


The violence of the garments are tempered by the tongue in cheek attitude of pieces like the intarsia knit sweaters, and those amazing sunglasses.

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It’s the ghastly visages, bruised lips and sunken, startling pale and bloodshot eyes that immediately bring to mind the creatures of the night

Complementary accessories:


Antti Asplund’s hilarious blood bag and perspex cross necklaces, which I discovered via SixSixSick.


Delfina Delettrez’s stunning mouth…piece (?) crafted out of precious gems.


To top it all off, how about some of Karen Walker’s protective eyewear?


Ann-Sofie Back’s aviators shaped like dripping blood are killing me in the best way possible:


I’ve always been entranced by the image of the vampire- if I were milky pale, lithe and somber enough, you can be sure I would be accentuating those those features.

In the mean time, us mortals can achieve the look on the exterior. But that last thing we want is a literal interpretation, a costume. Aim for subtly unsettling accents that will make the person standing next to you blink and take a second glance instead of roll their eyes.


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  1. fuxsake said, on 03/07/2009 at 3:42 PM

    jesus, you’re lucky then! she’s very striking. i love the way angela shooted her.
    love this collection!
    can’t believe hadn’t linked you before

  2. Sara said, on 04/04/2009 at 7:55 AM

    i adore those bloody sunglasses.
    theyre amazing.
    are they going on sale in topshop?

    • burnthesebones said, on 04/06/2009 at 5:58 PM


      No, they aren’t from Topshop…

  3. letuspreyy said, on 04/05/2009 at 8:34 PM

    i was so excited about this collection after seeing nothing i really liked at nyc fashion week when i saw this i was BINGOOOOO. this is what i need, feathers, teenage vampire zombies with curls and blood. perfection!

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