The Decadent Empire is an online publication dedicated to the darker, alternative side of fashion, art, design, music, and sex. Based in New York City, The Decadent Empire had its official launch on January 1st, 2015. Run by fashion photographer and writer Stuart McConaghy, and graphic designer and art director Sherri McConaghy, the former creative team behind TAPE magazine, The Decadent Empire serves as a showcase for the things that awe and inspire us on a daily basis.
We focus on sensuality, sinister sexuality, and exquisite design that always contains that dark twist that piques our interest and triggers our imagination. To us, this is decadence.
Exquisite looks and on-point styling.
Edgy models with an haute couture twist.
We love black and white, stark contrast, and an almost arrogantly dark feel. Designers like Material Lust (feature coming soon!) Hedi Slimane, Saint Laurent Paris, Raf Simons, Helmut Lang, Gareth Pugh, Katie Gallagher, and Barbara í Gongini make our hearts beat faster, and photographers like Helmut Newton, Ellen von Unwerth, and even Juergen Teller inspire us on a daily basis. We are not afraid of a little nudity here, there, or everywhere, and have been known to explore the seedy world of fetish for ideas and inspiration from time to time.
The Decadent Empire features fashion editorials, as well as interviews, profiles, and news from the world of art, design, and fashion.