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By Admin Kai Le, Oct 17 2013 08:15PM

Interview: Kai Le Cross from "Velvet Rose Designs"


A new victim for a new interview. This time we introduce you a gothic clothes designer from New York City and his beautiful creations. His name is Kai Le Cross and his shop is called Velvet Rose Designs.





How was the idea of Velvet Rose Designs born?


I wanna start by saying thank you much for taking the time to interview me and my works. The idea for Velvet Rose Designs (VRD) was a show process that started 3 years ago when I was making small drawings and concept art designs on fashion. Not being sure what career path I wanted to venture on after being a preschool teacher I simply knew I wanted to have my own business and put my creativity to good use.


Why did you call it Velvet Rose?


Oh wow, I sat down for a really long time coming up with different names. I'm not good with title names to be honest and this had to sound good, something that speaks for itself. Had to sound dark but elegant and beautiful. Many gothic designs are velvet, lace, spiked and pretty dark. After 3 days on mixing names together Velvet Rose Designs was born on a scrap paper. This is something I started alone and from scratch, ambition first ideas second.





Kai Le Cross, the creative mind behind Velvet Rose Designs


What inspires you to create these works of art?


Dreams inspire me, I feel my best designs come from a good nap. I can block the world out and dream something up. But I get inspiration from anime, j-rock, Lolita and comic books. Other things that inspire me much are sci-fi shows, some of my favorite are Farscape and Defiance. I'm really big on Cosplay so I have admiration for people who get out there own stuff cause you never know where that can lead to.



How vast is the goth scene in your area?


Its pretty big out here when it comes to parties, I can admit its not the way it was years ago because of the change of times and everyone has a spin on everything. But there is always your true traditional goths you having walking down the street especially around Saint Marks. The only thing I fear for the goth scene is that it would become one of Nicki Minaj, Lil' Wayne's or Lady Gaga's horrible fashion trends as if we're new to the world.





Is there a strong "black goth" community where you live? Are they integrated with the "white goths"?


It's very diverse when it comes to being black and goth, some people didn't even know that existed. There are many "scene" kids around which people totally get the two confused but hell, who am I to correct someone. I reside in NYC see so when it comes to a goth scene you have black, white and hispanic goths; not as many black but we're there. Maybe you can call that something special.



Kai Le Cross



Which are the creations of VRD that you are most proud of and why?


I like my Lolita/Victorian designs the most, reason why it is such a interesting mixture that can go in many directions. Like my Kimono dresses, I start with a traditional kimono look and finish it off with old victorian designs. These here are some of my favorites. They have there own elegance thats brings them to life.





Do you work alone or are there also other people working and creating for VRD?


I did it alone from making the clothing to educating myself on getting a business license even making the website which I really enjoyed doing. I didn't go to school of fashion or any of this stuff, I was suppose to be a electrical engineer, I'm really familiar with science. My family shows no interest to support what I do but my girlfriend and great customers pushes me to keep up what I do. In a way I feel I owe it to the Goth community to strive everyday to do better, because its people like us that keep it alive.



Any other thing you would like to say or add?


Whatever your creative goal is just go for it whether people support you or not, you're not hurting anyone you just want your creativity to flourish, for us in the goth community thats difficult sometimes, we are not just dark sadness. Peace, Love and Beauty.





By daleycatherine, Oct 2 2013 05:07AM

My name is Daley Catherine. I am an alternative model and event coordinator residing in Austin, TX. Along side my life partner Logan South, I run the Vampire Court of Austin and well as the Gothic/alternative event group Nocturnity. We host a variety of Gothic and alternative events within the city including the annual Austin Vampire Ball. I have been a part of the Gothic community since I was very young. For me, it has been a way of expressing my innermost passions and desires to their fullest extent. Our events have always promoted diversity and acceptance of such diversity. It is that concept that I feel makes the Gothic community such an important asset.


When you think of the word "community", most commonly, thoughts and images of a small group of like minded individuals comes to mind. I feel the Gothic culture has surpassed these mundane expectations and ascended into a concept that is often unheard of in this day and age; a diverse and widespread group of very different and unique individuals. In my experience and travels, I have met many people within the Gothic culture of different views, beliefs, morals, styles, and musical tastes. I have learned new and interesting things from those who's theories and views were different from my own. This has allowed me to see beyond my own reality and extended an invitation to a more open minded approach to life. This is what I feel makes the Gothic culture so special. Everyone within the culture may view the world through different eyes, but all be accepted and offered an opportunity to learn a different view within their own community through another's art and dark passions. It is important to keep this acceptance open by keeping the diversity of the Gothic culture alive. Accept all, learn from all, and see everything as a possible lesson. Share your beauty and passions with others and don't be afraid to be your true self to the fullest extent.


~Daley Catherine

http://facebook.com/daleycatherine

http://facebook.com/nocturnityevents

http://facebook.com/vampirecourtofaustin

By lotusleopard, Sep 30 2013 06:00PM

We all live in such a world where being "accepted" is a common want. In reality, it starts from a very young age to form seperate groups and cliches to be questioned everytime you enter a new habitat. Usually the first thing asked is "What are you?" How exactly are you supposed to answer such a question? I can be many things. Do you see the variety of options this world gives me? No matter the answer you give, the outcome is always the same. JUDGEMENT!

By Admin Kai Le, Jun 3 2013 03:48AM

Velvet Rose With King Vulcanus Lévi


Thank you for doing our Velvet Rose Designs Interview, its a pleasure to have you Vulcanus.


VR: At what year did you get into the party scene and what was it that attracted you?


KV: For the scene in of itself it has been centuries, but as for the look of my feather creations, it’s been a quite a few years.


VR: Were there any VIP people in the club scene you unexpectedly come across?


KV: Hmm.. I want to say yes, but I can’t think of any I’ve unexpectedly seen.


VR: You've successfully hosted many events in NYC, what are the stresses you have to deal with when it comes to coordinating?


KV: For hosting events I see it to not be hard at all, but I do see as producing events are where the challenges are. Such as time coordinating, booking, payouts, etc. Also to be focused and aware of the evening as the night progresses.


VR: Have you or do you ever plan on doing events in other states?


KV: This I haven’t thought of much but it has crossed my mind. I’m sure it’ll happen at some point and time.


VR: You have a very unique and exotic look we've seen with black feathers and all, who is your inspirations when it comes to dressing up?


KV: I see myself as my own inspiration when it comes to my feather creations. And I must say at this point in time I have expanded to other types and other colored feathers.


VR: What band or singer are you into now?


KV: I’m not really into anyone in particularly, but these days I’ve been drawn to Arabic house techno. And of course industrial, which I always have passion for.


VR: Do you see yourself partying it up in the next 10 years?


KV: Really good question. Partying maybe not. But in the scene of nightlife entertainment yes.


VR: What are some good spots to hit up on a Friday night in New York?


KV: These days for a Friday night I would say club pyramid, where everyone will get to enjoy a wild night with myself, Vulcanus.


VR: Any words for your fans and beloved partygoers?


KV: I want to thank you all for all of your support of all of my events and hope to see you all again! Long live nightlife entertainment! And long live the ones who strive and continue!