Lolita Blog Carnival: Lolita Designer I’d Like To Meet

I’m writing this last week’s Lolita Blog Carnival post right after returning from New York where I attended a tea party with special guest Misako Aoki thanks to Rufflecon and the Japan Society. So it seems fitting that the subject is about meeting new people in the lolita fashion industry.

Innocent World

Innocent World Designer
There are a couple lolita designers that I would like to meet. But the one I want to meet the most is the designer of Innocent world, Yumi Fujihara (pictured to the left, photo is from the Innocent World Designer’s blog). While I’ve had the distinct pleasure of meeting designers from Baby the Stars Shine Bright, Alice and the Pirates, Putumayo and h.Naoto at various events in the US, I’ve unfortunately not been able to meet anyone from Innocent World which is one of my absolute favorite brands. In fact, the only event I’ve ever attended which featured anything at all from Innocent World was Frill in 2013, when they had items shipped over for a fashion show featuring local girls which the Frill staff orchestrated. I love the detail and care that goes into Innocent World designs; they use a lot of custom lace and embroidery, and a lot of really lovely heirloom detailing, and the artwork is absolutely lovely.

Angelic Pretty

Maki and AsukaJust barely in second place (and mostly because I feel like a lot of people have been able to meet them, so it’s less of a dream / stretch to think I might sometime in the future), are Maki and Asuka of Angelic Pretty (pictured to the right in a photo from their old blog). Angelic Pretty is the brand through which I fell in love with lolita (my very first piece I ever fell in love with was a set they offered which consisted of an old school princess-style wine x white top and skirt) and there are more pieces among my Angelic Pretty collection in my closet that are in my absolute favorites category than any other brand. My first pieces of brand were AP, and I shop there more than any other brand. I love the bright colors, the cuteness, and the just general happiness of the brand. It’s like sunshine in clothing form, really.

Of course, if me meeting the Baby the Stars Shine Bright designers or Misako Aoki is any indication of how things would go, I’m sure I’d become the ultimate klutz and totally chicken out when it came to meeting any of the three amazingly talented ladies listed here!

545430_945698161629_573562109_nOther blogs participating in this theme:
Hello BattyNorthern Star ♥  Helado de Cereza
Poppy Noir The Bloody Teaparty

 

 

Lolita Fashion History: What Makes a Lolita Coord According to Kera in April of 1999

kera April 1999 lolita rules

As some people probably know, I have a fairly large stash of lolita publications. Among them are some of the earliest issues of Kera. I’ve seen timelimes that attribute the usage of the word lolita (ロリータ) to describe the fashion to events of 1998, so I’m currently looking for publications even older than Kera (the first issue of Kera was in 1998), to see if I can find things that look like the lolita fashion of that time under a different name (or the same name, which would debunk the best theory on the name I’ve found so far, unfortunately). Part of that search requires that I actually understand what “counted” as being lolita fashion in the late 90’s, and to do that, one has to look to the rules of that time frame.

Unfortunately, I can’t read Japanese, so I’m forced to reply on OCR Software + my own meticulous copying of characters + online translation, so some of my translation of this is imperfect (and I would absolutely welcome corrections!)

Bag
Basic purse, or for summer, a straw bag. You can even decorate it with artificial flowers.

Hair
A basic perm is easy to arrange. If you have long hair, you can cut it to be cute like a princess.

Onepiece
Wear a petticoat of lace under the skirt to inflate it. It is made from a cute gingham check. The policy is… absolutely no pants!

Apron
To match the onepiece, add a children’s apron. (I believe the last sentence says something like “It’s even more lolita-like with an apron”)

Socks
Knee-high or thigh-high socks with lace are recommended. Do not wear Gal stockings.

Bear
A Vivienne teddy bear is the favorite of everyone, and an indispensable item in lolita.

Shoes
For a cute look, wear a rounded shoe. Platforms are good, but they shouldn’t be too high.

Sections in Japanese (there are some missing / incorrect spots. I corrected the OCR where I noticed and could, but I’m far from a professional translator.):

バッグ
「基本は手提げ バッグ。
夏になったら、麦わらのバッグとかもカワイイよ。
造花とかで自分でアレンジしてもグッド!」

ヘア
「基本的に パーマがかかって いる ほうがアレンジしやすい。
髪が長いなら姫カッ卜がカワイイ。
あとはつけ毛も愛用してるよ!」

ワンピース
「レースのペチコートをはいてスカートをふくらませるのがコツ。
柄はギンガムチェックがカワイイ。
パンツは絶対には     かないのがポリシー」

エプロン
「MILKのワンピースに合わせて, 小さい頃実際に使っていたエプロンをコーディネイトしました。
エプロンがあるとロリータ度がUPするよ」

くつ下
「レース付きのハイソックスやニーソックスがオススメ」
ストッキソグとかギャル系の靴下をはかないのが鉄 (?) !
おすすめのぉ店は : ルーシイルウ.

くま
「ヴィヴィアンの夕オルでできたクマちゃんは、 みいなのお気に入る」。ロリ一夕には欠かせないアイテムだからー匹は持っていよう

クツ
「おでこ靴で足を丸くてカワイイ感じに見せる。形はス卜ラップシューズがオススメ。でも,ヒールが高すぎるのはダメ」