The Decadent Empire

25 Dec Hi. We’re The Decadent Empire.

Quite a lofty title, isn’t it? Well, it’s firmly tongue-in-cheek, as you can imagine. The name stems from a quote in John Taylor’s (Duran Duran’s bass player) autobiography, and it immediately caught our eye while we were thinking about starting our own fashion blog.

The Decadent Empire’s aesthetic is dark, dark, dark. 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. In short, if it’s decadent in any way, we like it.

We will be featuring great editorials, interviews and profiles, and news from the world of art, design, and fashion. We know a lot of people will be interested in the editorial part, and yes, we will be opening for submissions for guest posts and editorials. If you feel your aesthetic is a match for ours, feel free to drop us a line through our contact page, and let’s talk!

Stuart McConaghy
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Stuart is a fashion photographer, stylist and writer based in New York. He is the former editor-in-chief of TAPE magazine, and has contributed to a plethora of international magazines too numerous to mention.

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