A few more photos of me in one of my favourite dresses!
What beautiful color coordination!
A few more photos of me in one of my favourite dresses!
What beautiful color coordination!
Saturday errands outfit
Fanny is pretty much the queen of classic lolita. (Even the couch matches!)
Upcoming JetJ GLB collaboration release.
I can’t wait for more details on this dress.
The idea of making a print based on the phases of the moon is so good, I can’t believe it hasn’t been done before. (Or it has and I don’t know about it.)
Tumblr user rainedragon has some good counter-arguments to my post about Anime Weekend Atlanta’s restrictive dress-code for its upcoming lolita tea party. That said, I still have some qualms with it.
I’m really appalled by people’s attitudes towards this. It’s a brand teaparty for the fans of the brand. If you don’t own anything made by the brand, and don’t want to buy anything, then you aren’t their target market and the teaparty isn’t meant for you in the first place. Full stop, end of story. They are doing this to reward their fans. If you aren’t a fan, and don’t want to at least meet their rules and pretend to be a fan, then you aren’t invited because then really, why should they throw a nice thank you party for you? That’s what this is. A thank you for supporting their brand. Misako is going to be there because she models for them. It’s not really “meet Misako time”, it’s “thank you for buying from Putumayo time”. Also, people who are fans of the brand will likely come from farther away than Atlanta.
That said have you looked at other brand tea parties? They usually require that you spend a certain amount (usually ~$100-$300) in their shop at the convention or, for shop parties, within a certain time frame. The Putumayo tea requires you have one thing, any one thing, made by the brand. That means you can hop over to Tokyo Rebel and plunk down $18 for a ring and be fine. You can go on mbok and buy a used headbow for under $10. You can borrow something from someone else that they bought in 2005 and give it back later. They don’t care how you get it or where or how much you spend. Now, that said, usually when a big brand like AP or Baby has a tea, it’s considered rude to wear another designer’s clothes and is sometimes specified that your main piece must be from that brand. Here they are just asking you wear anything. It’s literally the most lax they could possibly be for a thank you party short of just letting anyone who had ever heard of the brand in.
I have a have hard time buying this argument. Comparing brand tea parties that typically take place to this is false equivalence. Putumayo is a brand with negligible presence outside of Japan. It’s not comparable to something like Angelic Pretty, which has international flagship shops, international shipping from its Japanese website, and a dedicated fanbase worldwide.
The amount of people at Anime Weekend Atlanta who have even heard of Putumayo, let alone are fans of it, will be tiny. If this was actually a tea party to appreciate customers, only a handful of people would attend.
This is better viewed as an opportunity for Putumayo to actually gain footing with the international community – to earn new customers. And they are blowing it.
On top of that, have you even ever looked at what Putumayo goes for second hand? Not joke you can get a Putumayo dress for like $40, a skirt for $20-$30 and a cutsew for under $10 on mbok. I’ve done it.
I think this is the MOST lax, MOST inclusive brand tea party I’ve ever seen. I’d challenge anyone to find one with less strict rules.
I’m absolutely appalled at how RUDE people are being about this. How rude they are being to the convention and the designer.All you Atlanta girls want other designers to come to your city? Please. You can’t even be polite to one who is making it easy for you? What? Do you all think you are big and bad and if you make a fuss you will get what you want? Do you realize that if you say “We don’t want this” they just won’t come back. Because they will go “this is a city that doesn’t have a big enough lolita market” and other brands that research where to go will pick other cities in the US to visit. You are shooting yourselves in the foot while patting yourselves on the back!
I’m like legitimately mad at how immature and rude some people in are being right now. Like holy hell, if you are that cheap then just don’t go. Don’t bitch that CONVENTION GUESTS won’t bend over backwards to pat your asses because you think you deserve it. If you don’t buy from them, then they don’t have to thank you. It’s not for you if you aren’t their customer. Just because it has lolita in the description doesn’t mean you are eligible. It’s like bitching that you weren’t invited to a birthday party for someone you never met just because you also have birthdays.
And yeah, some people are going to buy a ring or something else cheap and go. And that’s fine. That makes them a customer, and it shows that they understand the purpose of the party. But if people aren’t willing to even go that far, then they have no right to comment on the party, because it literally has nothing to do with them.
THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS.
I don’t know if this post is making the rounds outside of Tumblr, or if other people are complaining elsewhere, so let it be known that my post doesn’t reflect the views of anyone but myself, and I am neither a lolita (though I am a lolita fan) nor am I attending AWA.
That said, this is the major lolita event at AWA and it’s needlessly exclusive with no actual gain from its exclusivity. I do think that people have a right to be upset about it. But tickets appear to be almost sold out, so I don’t think there will be any issue for Putumayo or AWA.
Thank you sincerely for responding to my piece. Seeing the other side of the coin is always valuable.
(As a final note, our original post was intentionally hyperbolic – we are making fun of a lot of aspects of the dress code, not just the Putumayo item restriction.)
And to follow up, a great outfit with Wicked Princess.
(Left: Alice and the Pirates Wicked Princess, released 2013.Right: Baby the Stars Shine Bright’s Claudia, released 2011.)
One of Alice and the Pirates' recent releases, the Wicked Princessdress is clearly reminiscent of Baby the Stars Shine Bright’s Claudia design that was released back in 2011. (As it happens, Claudia is one of my all-time favourite lolita designs.)
Wicked Princess seems like an attempt at improving the design, one which largely succeeds. The child-like innocence of Claudia is replaced with whimsy and fantasy. The longer, fuller skirt is almost battle-worn in its appearance, with the darker fabric panels keeping the white from becoming overbearing.
Which design do you prefer?
On Saturday I tried something different.
One of the best lolita coordinates we’ve ever seen.
This is related to my last post! This is the shapes that brands typically release that I was talking about. Some of these are maybe sort of borderline (most of which would depend on the length of the skirt, which is very hard to tell in stock photos sometimes), and to repeat how these shapes are defined:
- The usual- The traditional Lolita shape! Flares out at the natural waist (or just above or below it) to a full shape.
- empire waist- The waist is considerably higher than the natural waist, usually between the underbust or the middle of the torso. Skirt still maintains a full shape
- Short- Full skirt that ends about mid-thigh
- Long- Full skirt that ends about mid-calf (also called tea or maiden length)
- Trapezoid- Flares out to full shape from just above bust or about halfway down bust. “Tent” shape.
- Trapezoid relaxed- Flares out from above bust to underbust, “flowing” or not-as-full skirt. “Tube” shape, no room for a petticoat.
- Drop waist- Skirt flares out at about the hips, as opposed to the waist. May or may not have room for a petticoat.
- Drop waist mini- Skirt flares out at the hips, as opposed to the waist, and is very short, usually mid-thigh or even shorter. No room for a petticoat.
- Flared- A smooth, non-gathered, flare from the natural waist, considerably less full than “the usual”. May or may not have room for a petticoat.
- Flared mini- A smooth, non-gathered, flare from the natural waist that ends about mid-thigh. No room for a petticoat.
- Extra long- Ankle to floor length of varying fullness. May or may not require a petticoat.
- Pencil- Tight skirt of various lengths between mid thigh and knee. Absolutely no petticoat.
Just like in the last post, I’m curious what people think of these skirt shapes in regards to whether or not they are Lolita. With the examples, are there any that you would say are simply not Lolita, even though they’re released by Lolita brands and have typical Lolita elements? All of these are examples from a range of years, some as far back as 2001, but each example has at least one dress from 2009 or after (except the extra long, even though Meta and JeJ often release things in this length! I just had a hard time finding stock photos for either brand), as none of these are “extinct” silhouettes.
I’m not trying to argue that these are all perfectly within the Lolita style or anything like that! I am just asking because I am curious what other people’s opinions on different silhouettes within Lolita are! So what do you think?
This is great. Not just because we get to see a lot of examples we don’t normally see (check out the pencil skirt!), but because it clarifies some things that well-intentioned newcomers to lolita are often mistaken about.
Lolita’s aesthetic is more than the sum of its parts. Of course if you follow the typical A-line shape with a petticoat you are almost definitely going to nail the archetypal lolita shape, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a huge variety of shapes that are applicable to lolita.
There isn’t a single skirt in the above example that couldn’t be integrated into a lolita’s outfit. The thinking that a maxi or pencil shape has no place in lolita is simply false.
Here’s a video from Tokyo Fashion showcasing a unique service in the heart of Tokyo—lolita transformations! For a fee of about $90 USD, the staff at Masion de Julietta will help you find the perfect lolita makeup look and hair (or wig) style, along with an outfit from a selection of Baby, The Stars Shine Bright clothing and accessories. After your transformation, you’re treated to a tea break and outfit snaps taken by the staff. Visit the salon’s website or Facebook page or view the source of the video for more photos and information.
Okay, we all know what some of our lolita readers must be thinking. According to Tokyo Fashion, it’s all in good fun, though, and the custom-crafted experience that Maison de Julietta offers is meant to help girls who want to try lolita fashion—if only for a day—but aren’t sure where to begin. So far, the service has been a hit among girls in Tokyo, and the salon hopes to expand further so more girls might have a chance to try it.
What do you think of services like this? Do they make lolita seem more like a costume rather than a fashion style? Would you like to see a salon like this in your own country? Sound off and share your opinions with us!
This is most likely aimed at people who are buying large amounts of their stock and then turning around and immediately selling it at a much higher price, AKA Scalping. They’ve made announcements and tried to stop people from scalping their popular items before. For a while you were only allowed to reserve 1 of any particular item because they were having problems with people reserving multiples of the same thing so they could later flip them.
It’s not aimed at people who are cleaning out their closets or selling something that didn’t fit, but people who are going into their stores, buying multiples of very popular items (in some cases all of one particular thing a store has) and then flipping them for a profit.
People are bound to take Angelic Pretty’s announcement totally out of context, so I’m posting this here with the hope that our readers … will not do that.
We recently updated Harajuju.net with a completely new design, and the biggest changes we made was to Haralooks, our space for Japanese fashion lovers (and the otherwise aesthetically inclined) to share their outfits and get feedback.
Over the next little while we’ll be sharing some of our favourite looks from the past and present of Haralooks. As for the future, why not come share your style with us?