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ClaustroClothic #30: The Echelon Girl

If you haven’t noticed from ClaustroClothics pastI’m a huge fan of things. When I like something, I love it. I will rep it on my back. I will wear it. Hell, I may even tattoo it. My descent into the Echelon was quick and virtually painless. My first Thirty Seconds To Mars song was Hurricane, but the one that changed my life had to have been Alibi. The band itself is amazing. Shannon Leto? Gorgeous. But the fandom… The fandom is what sold me. This ClaustroClothic #30 is inspired by the Echelon, yes… The Thirty Seconds To Mars fanbase.

ClaustroClothic #30: The Echelon
Thirty Seconds To Mars Inspired Outfit.

I’m not typically a jeans and t-shirt type of gal. Hell, I think I own maybe two pair of jeans and they both have holes in them. This particular pair I’m rocking in this session was given to me by Cosplay Sass, and while I’m not exactly sure why… I fell in love with them.

What inspired this outfit?

I’m in love with this damn shirt. When I first laid eyes on it, it was before I got my hair done by Weave N Luxury over in Ohio. I mean, my natural hair was red and black but it wasn’t the same color as the damn shirt. When I got into the Echelon, I fell in love with the family in the fandom. Anytime something hits home like that for me, I’ve gotta get some merch. My think is that band shirts are like smoke signals. You’re out in public and you’re walking around… Suddenly, someone far away spots that Triad and now you’ve got a friend in the fandom. The same applies to the internet. Honestly, if anyone stops me on the street and goes “Hey, are you a Thirty Seconds To Mars fan?” I’m gonna stop.. I’m gonna talk to them. I’m gonna ask them which track is their favorite… I’m probably gonna take them out for dinner.

What’s the best part of this outfit?

I’m a sucker for color coordination. Everything in this entire outfit just screams me. You almost can’t miss me walking down the street. I also love that even though the outfit is kinda “dressed down”, it screams, “Hey… I’m here.” How many people do you know are walking around with so much of two colors on their body just to go to the grocery store. (Though, I’m pretty sure I went somewhere else in this outfit. Can’t remember. Maybe coffee.)

The Outfit Breakdown // The Details

The Snapback

The first thing I ever bought from the Mars Store being very very new to The Echelon was this hat. Make America Rock Again. I felt like it made a huge statement and while I’m sure I could’ve found it anywhere else, a band who really made every damn music video/track a huge event seemed like a fitting. I think the one thing I was petrified about was obviously it’s a joke about Donald Trump’s “make America great again.” The first time I wore it, people kept staring at me funny. Eventually I started going “read it again.”

The Collar // SKG Designs

The Fiona collar again?! Hell yes, you may recognize this one from my updated back to school look, but it just goes with my leather jacket perfectly. I’m secretly dying to learn how many ways I can put SKG Designs gear into different looks. I can already hear all of you in my head going “Pfft. Like that’s anything new.” but seriously, it was really hard to build a casual look without throwing in a harness or a leg garter. This was just so casual… Then I looked at the collar and went… “There’s never a day where I can’t rock a little SKG.”

The Hair // Weave N Luxury

I promise this was a coincidence! I had an appointment with the amazing hair scientist and boss babe, Rayshone months before I ordered this shirt. The woman is a wizard with the hair and yes, before you even ask.. This is a custom wig order. She does take long distance orders so you should’ve even hesitate!

That’s it… But I can’t leave this blog post without an open letter to the Echelon.

Dear Echelon Family. 

I’m proud to wear this fandom on my back. When I first got into Thirty Seconds To Mars, I never dreamt of the type of family I’d find backing a band. If Alibi changed my life and Artifact altered it, you Queens saved it. I have never felt so accepted by a group of talented, amazing, creative people. Thirty Seconds To Mars spoke to me the way Guns N’ Roses did. The pain and agony behind the business model that was that band is my drive and inspiration. Duff McKagan literally wrote a book that changed my life.  Our bond goes beyond (Dare I say it) the bond I had with the Eminem fandom, and that’s where I got my start on Tumblr. That was my first tattoo too.  Growing up with a mental illness, becoming deeply engrossed in things was how I learned to cope with everything that was going on around me. I wrote my first fan fiction with my cousin when I was about 9 years old in a broken home to nothing but music to be our guides. I never dreamt all those years ago that I’d find a group of people who would be reading my writing and getting to know me because of it and through it. I carry this fandom with me not because I feel like I have to but because I want to. God, I want to see each and every one of you succeed because the music taught us to. Jared, Shannon and Tomo motivated us to. Because it’s your destiny to fight and to keep fighting because that’s the type of warriors you were all built to be. I’m honored to be a part The Echelon, the fandom for a band that became a family for me. 

Do you have a favorite band? Are you a part of a fandom?

Share your fandom stories with me in the comments! I know I’m not the only fan girl out there! Share! Tell me stories!
Until next time, you can see all my crazy daily outfits on Instagram! 

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ClaustroClothic #36: Pretty in Pink – Alternative Fashion

The weather’s finally breaking but just before it does, let me give you one more winter look! I remember when I first starting getting into alternative fashion and I only had one pink item in my whole closet. Two years ago, I bought my first pair of pink shoes and did my first ClaustroClothic with a pink dark look.  Looking back, I’ve matured a lot from then to now. I mean, for one I wear a lot more leather. Like a lot more. So, bringing back the spirit of putting together pink and punk, here’s ClaustroClothic #36… Pretty in Pink, the alternative fashion version.

ClaustroClothic #36: Pretty in Pink // Alternative Fashion

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ClaustroClothic #37: Black Sheep – Alternative Fashion

America may or may not have made an ass out of themselves this month. I’m not one to get political almost ever, but electing Donald Trump as president really felt like a dead era. To make matters a bit worse, one of my closest friends and models Saint Mortis moved to Vegas. Anyone who knew us knew that we were close. That was my daughter. So these past few weeks have been a bit of mourning for me. I wasn’t ready to jump head first into creative newer alternative fashion looks. I mean, it really felt like a dark time…

ClaustroClothic #37 embraces that darkness.

ClaustroClothic #37: Black Sheep
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Alternative Fashion curated and modeled by Jasemine-Denise

The last thing I was thinking about the morning after Trump won president was alternative fashion. Still, I had to get dressed. I needed to tell myself that this was reality. This is what I needed to remember this day… To move on… To continue to fight and to refuse to let him win. This is what I wore November 9th, 2016.

What inspired this outfit:

I was in a dark place when I created this outfit. It was morning, I had learned that Donald Trump had won the presidential debate and I still had to get up and do normal things. Go to breakfast, go to work, live life… My friends and family, particularly the ones in the LGBT+, POC, and women’s community were in mourning. My friend had to tell her students what had happened… Alternative fashion or anything of the sort was the last thing on my mind. Still, I had to get up… and wear my sadness on my sleeve.

What was the best part of this outfit?

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The first thing that I saw when getting out of bed to put together this outfit was the purse my dear friend gave me on my final visit to see her before she started her journey. I have countless bags, but this one… This one was special.

What Part of the Outfit was the Most Challenging?

Bringing light into this outfit was the hardest. It was hard not to dress like a funeral. Our nation had just witnessed a tragedy and I couldn’t be more sad. Yet I knew that if I didn’t throw a little color into my outfit, a little light… I’d probably continue to feel that darkness all day.

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What did I learn from this?

Hearing that Trump will be our next president was the like the death of me. November 9th 2016 is the day that I rose up. I didn’t rise up with fear not for the state of my safety as a POC but for all the lives I’m about to wreck making sure our voices are heard. Our struggles and oppression will not be silenced. It isn’t a game just because Trump won. We did not lose. This will only make us stronger and our voices louder. This cannot get to us. This should only make us stronger. This election means that a lot of people are going to try and break us, but they’re gonna fail. Miserably. I wear this darkness not as a mourning but as a warning that in dark times, we only get greater. The gold (that small bit of light) is royalty.

This queen reclaimed her throne…

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