My offbeat Halloween costume this year: historical couture Pushba photobomber

Photo by Nelson Lauren
Russian goth fashion model vs American photobomber trying to look Very Serious. Ready? FIGHT! Photo by Nelson Lauren Photography
Remember how a few years ago I dressed up as all my favorite Offbeat Bride trends all at once? This year, I went for something a little different, dressing up in twisted historical couture and photobombing a fashion shoot of my favorite Russian goth model, Pushba.

I first fell for Pushba in 2009 when we featured her wedding here after it went viral online, and I've been quietly following her online ever since.

When she told me she was coming to New York and invited me to meet up, I gathered up my frequent flyer miles and flew out, organizing a photo shoot for Offbeat Mama with Nelson LaurenThey ♥ OBB; we ♥ them at the Hello Super 8They ♥ OBB; we ♥ them studios in Brooklyn. Styled by the inimitable Evelyn Kriete, the looks in the shoot ranged from Tim Burton-esque neo-Victorian to Art Nouveau silent film queen. Fashion shoots are NOT normally the kind of thing we feature on Offbeat Bride, but those of you aiming for neo-Victorian or gothic-inspired weddings may find a little eye candy here …

Insecure disclaimer: just as a trick or treater dressed up as a sexy inflammatory email isn't ACTUALLY an inflammatory email, no amount of me dressing up next to a model can make me ACTUALLY be a model. But whatever: Halloween is about having fun — so let's do this fucking thing!

Oh, so you want to know what we're wearing? Lucky for you, Evelyn kept track:

Pushba, the Russian model who knows what she's doing: black and white neo-Victorian

Ariel, the American blogger who has no idea what she's doing: Black and white striped neo-Victorian

Pushba: Art Nouveau silent film queen

  • Purple stone gothic choker and bracelet from Alchemy Gothic
  • Black vintage 1920s silk and lace slip as the under dress
  • 1930s vintage lace flowing sleeve jacket
  • Vintage style ring
  • Shoes: Bordello from Pleaser

Ariel: Neo-Vintage stroll

  • Red/pink striped scarf from Lord & Taylor
  • Double-headed eagle crest pendant from Rock Love
  • Skirt = Ladies Organic Cotton Drawstring Skirt from Clockwork CoutureThey ♥ OBB; we ♥ them
  • Sheer lace vintage 1920s over dress
  • Purple tea gloves from Mishu
  • Ladies Victorian Military Jacket from Retroscope Fashions
  • Shoes: Merry Munchausen's Whimsical Ladies Boots from Clockwork CoutureThey ♥ OBB; we ♥ them

Special thanks to…

For the full shoot, head on over to Offbeat Mama!

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  1. Candid Pushba smiles are like magic.

    UNRELATED BUT RELATED WEIRD NOSY QUESTION: is that your actual height difference, or did Pushba have to be elevated? I know she's quite petite.

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  2. Ohmigodlace…must play…with…idea! I have a lace duster jacket dancing through my head, but I'm wondering when I'd ever wear it. Last thing I need is to add another project to my plate, but god DAMN!

  3. I'm SOOOOOOOOOOO JEALOUS RIGHT NOW!!! I've been obsessed with that woman since I first saw her on your site and the whole idea of the photoshoot is amazeballs!!!!

  4. Not gonna lie, I'm a little jealous that you got to chill with G.D. Falksen…and Pushba of course.

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    • I don't know how Evelyn convinced G.D. Falksen to be her assistant for the day, but he was a perfect gentleman and wonderful to have there. I even trusted him with the keys to the Empire, handing him my business debit card and my PIN number and begging him to pick us up some pizza. He did it all, and was an impeccably-dressed dandy all the while!

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  5. Sweeet! You two are the most glamorous Neo-Victorian crime fighters I've ever laid eyes on. The military jacket you're sporting is my personal favorite.

  6. I had to go stalk all the Pushba photos- what a cool wedding, and an adorable baby. Ariel, you looked like you knew what you were doing to me…

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