Enchanted on Kawaii International

Hello Everyone, hope you are all well. You may remember that I mentioned Kawaii International were at the Enchanted event, well it turns out they were filming a behind the scenes special and it aired this past weekend. It’s really worth watching Kawaii International and NHK World in general, this particular episode was all about kawaii characters of Japan, Hello Kitty and covered how to do kawaii bento box food. The bit about Enchanted shows all the work that goes in to this sort of event, the stress and issues that can arise and then the event itself and all the lovely attendees. You may also spot me on it a couple of times too – I proper derped, it’s so bad! Its fun to see who else you can spot that you know and to see all the wonderful outfits again.

If you missed it at the weekend you can still see it here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nTbqRx64e4&feature=youtu.be

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Lolita Fashion and Me – Part 3

This is the concluding part to my anniversary series and covers miscellaneous tips and advice based on what I discovered and learnt when starting out in the fashion.

 

Misc Handy Tips:

• Trail and error is part of learning. You will buy things that don’t fit, don’t suit you, aren’t as you expected they would be, that’s just how it goes. Don’t let it get you down just sell stuff on and use what you learnt to make a better purchase.

• Don’t buy anything too expensive to start with until you have a good idea about what suits you and what will actually fit.

• Don’t buy a dress that is literally the size of your max measurements, its unlikely to fit, plus if it’s a jsk you need extra room to get a blouse under it.

• Be prepared to buy secondhand, it will save you a fortune in shipping and customs fees.
If something doesn’t work or fit just sell it on and count it as a learning experience.

• Ignore negative comments. If family or friends seem confused about the fashion then show them lots of pretty images and answer any questions they have. If they don’t like certain aspects then there’s not much you can do as everyone has their own taste but try and find things you think they will like, it helps warm them to the idea and break the ice.

• Find local lolita’s and join online groups. You can get all sorts of advice from being able to ask others, plus its nice to be able to share in your interest with others. They are well connected through facebook groups so the best bet is to find your local group on there and start by introducing yourself and talking to the members online. It’s a great way to break the ice before turning up to a meet.

• If attending a local meet is scary then attend a larger convention first that you know other lolitas will be at. Try to get talking to individual lolitas attending, stall holders or sometimes a larger meet up is arranged so you could go to that. If it doesn’t go well you know that most of them won’t remember you and you can try again next time.

• Learning to put together a great co-ordinate takes practise, patience, correct clothing and time. As the name suggests its all about co-ordinating the whole outfit so it works well together. Colour balance is extremely important, getting the right balance can make even a simple outfit striking.

• Have Fun! Fashion should be fun and something that you enjoy so don’t over worry about anything. Yes lolita is quite complex and has a lot of rules but no-one expects you to get everything right on your first few goes.

• Reflecting back on past co-ords is always a good idea as you can see how much you have improved and learnt. Its great for a positive boost if you start to feel like you are getting nowhere or that you haven’t improved anything.

 

I’m still learning, and I personally feel I have a long way to go before I will put together a co-ordinate that I’m really happy with. The thing is that it takes a while to get the hang of things and everyone starts somewhere so don’t let outfit worries put you off getting out there and meeting people. As long as you make an effort and show you know your stuff about the basics of the fashion it will be fine. The more research you do the better. Lolita has really changed my life. I’ve met so many new people and made new friends purely due to the fashion. I’ve also been to some wonderful events and now go to conventions more regularly. It even inspired me to start this blog. I hope that you have enjoyed my blog over the last year and that you stay with me through this next one and beyond. I’m forever learning and my style develops, I’ve also gained more confidence which allows me to be more experimental than I ever would have been with fashion before. Even if lolita isn’t your thing, you should still find a style that you like and that you can express yourself through. I find it really rewarding and fun and wonder why I was ever so scared in the first place.

Lolita Fashion and Me – Part 2

Here is the second part of my anniversary special. This section focuses more on purchase lessons and advice for beginners, hopefully by sharing this I can help new lolitas from making similar mistakes.

 

Purchase Lessons and Advice

A Lace Monster:
My very first lolita purchase was from one of the Japanese fashion units in Camden town, London. It was by the brand ‘Angel Pretty’ who were obviously trying to slightly rip off the name Angelic Pretty and at the time I had no idea just how un-lolita it really was. Looking at it with all the knowledge I have now it’s obvious how un-lolita it really was. The lace was quite scratchy, the fabric was thin and made noises when you moved it – sort of crunchy, not good quality, the bows were just hideous, the finish was simple and quite rough on seams etc. It was your standard black and white monster complete with satin ribbon and long floppy ribbon bows. Awful! My first attempted co-ord with that dress was very bad too. I didn’t add a blouse or any sort of shrug/bolero, I wore with chunky lace up school shoes, un-styled hair and I don’t think I put anything on my head at all. Luckily I didn’t actually ever wear it out like that, I was just excited and wanted to put together a co-ord at home. As I had nowhere to really wear it the dress just sat in my wardrobe until I eventually managed to sell it on ebay.

TIPS: When looking for a dress you want the fabric to feel like its nice quality and preferably to be cotton. It should seem well made and everything should be finished off properly. Lace should be soft and not like the sort you would use on curtains. As for first co-ords, you will make mistakes, hopefully none as big as those that I did, I hadn’t done all my research – bad Cassy! An important part is not to try and rush things, you can’t put together a full outfit without all the parts so time, practise and patience are very important.

Bodyline:
My very first Bodyline purchases were second hand items from a bring and buy lolita stall at Hyper Japan. The quality was so much nicer than my first dress from Camden plus the skirt had a cute poodle print on it. Since then I have ordered a load of stuff from their online website. Unfortunately the first few items I bought didn’t fit, which is very disheartening, especially as you wait for it to arrive and are so excited. I learnt lots of valuable things though like I needed things to be longer, I needed to buy things that would easily fit my measurements, most of their size M would not work on me even if it fitted (to do with my height and build), under bust dresses do not work on me, the elastic in their skirts is nearly always too tight so I often need to adjust it. Some people can be negative about Bodyline but I think for the price you pay the items are lovely. Bear in mind too that most of their items are around the £20 – £50 price mark as supposed to the £180+ for brand.

 

TIPS: Measure yourself properly and write down the measurements in cm and inches, it makes buying online much easier. Don’t buy things that are right on your maximum size, always get things that are a good few cms bigger. If items have shirring and ribbon ties you can make it tighter if needed. Don’t buy their Cosplay items for lolita, they are unsuitable and the quality isn’t there. Also don’t buy from the separates section as the same applies. Pick items carefully, some of their designs are not flattering, attractive or really that lolita. Check out reviews of items/talk to other lolitas about the items you want before buying. Also don’t forget to take in to account customs fees. I like to think of Bodyline as like a lolita equivalent of Primark.

Ebay and Second Hand Sales:
One of my early lolita purchases off ebay was a Vampire Requiem replica print dress by Dol off a personal seller. It fitted just under the bust and then flared out. It didn’t seem to have any shape or room in it, was like wearing a tent. The fabric was also really weird. This didn’t help with my confidence either as it meant yet another dress that didn’t fit or look right. I started to feel like I was the issue and just clearly the wrong shape and size for lolita clothing. I bought something else off ebay too and that also didn’t fit right and I just felt like giving up but luckily I found some other items here and there and they did fit and I started to realise what would and won’t work for me.

 

TIPS: Buying online is difficult as you never know for sure what an item will be like or if it will fit. In terms of ebay you are at least protected and can go to people if you have any problems. With sales on facebook you don’t have quite the same protection so always pay through PayPal and never gift anyone money. Keep an eye on how long you have to open a claim in case things go wrong, some sellers use delay tactics on purpose in the hope you miss the claim date. Also be very careful as items can be fakes, people can get sizes wrong and items are not always in the condition you expect. I’ve found the best thing is to ask lots of questions, for more photos if necessary, always check their feedback and if things seem a bit off or too good to be true they probably are. Also there are a lot of scammer businesses on ebay selling lolita dresses from China, they often have names with lolita in like lolita1234. The picture is usually a stolen image and the dress you get is a cheap costume version. Stick to personal/private/individual sellers (a person that is selling their own items rather than being a business) as overall that should make it safer.

 

Interactions with friends, family and members of the public:
Lolita is, compared to most fashions, very fancy, elaborate and over the top which can attract quite a bit of attention. It’s also very different to your usual fashions here in the west so it can take people a bit of getting used to. My Mum used to give me weird looks when I would try on a co-ord or ask her opinion on certain dresses. Sometimes her comments could be slightly unflattering and would dent my confidence or make me feel silly and self conscious about what I was doing. I don’t think she intended hurting my feelings but it just wasn’t quite to her taste and she didn’t hide her true feelings very well. My Dad has no real opinion on it at all, it just has no impact he’s pretty much cool with whatever I decide to wear. I guess as its fashion/clothes related its totally outside of his interest and knowledge.

 
I’m not too sure what my friends make of the fashion. They tend to be in to Steampunk, arty, alternative, hippie type stuff and are very open minded about most things so I don’t think they really have much of an issue. I haven’t worn lolita around them but it’s all over my facebook so they are aware of it but they haven’t really commented so I honestly have no idea of their true opinion.

 
Members of the public will react to the fashion. Often old ladies come over and say you look nice or the clothes are pretty which always make me happy. Guys can wolf whistle and shout fairly unpleasant remarks but they tend to do that whatever the fashion. Teenagers as well tend to shout not very nice things but again that’s to be expected. Most commonly you get stares, people taking photos, asking what/why you are dressed up, sometimes you get jeers and groups of people making a point of obviously laughing at you to try and make you feel small.

 
TIPS: when it comes to family and friends the best thing is to try and engage with them about the fashion. Explain what it is, why you like it, show them lots of images and just be very positive and enthusiastic. You need to bear in mind that it won’t be everyone’s thing but hopefully they will at least be understanding and supportive of you. My Mum doesn’t like sweet lolita so I ignore trying to engage her with that. If your family seem really taken a back then probably wear more toned down casual co-ords around them or classic lolita. Nothing too out there and hopefully that will calm them and then over time you may be able to turn them around to the idea. As for members of the public that’s more difficult. I usually avoid the word lolita when explain the fashion, I tend to say it’s a street fashion from Japan or it’s an alternative fashion but it depends on who’s asking. I also tend to travel alone a lot so I usually take accessories and sometimes wigs etc with me to put on at the other end so I don’t get as much attention. Large coats can help hide your outfit too and make it less obvious. It all depends on the situation and how safe you feel.

Lolita Fashion and Me – Part One

As it’s the 1st year anniversary of my blog I decided to write about my starting point with lolita fashion and my early experiences (it’s very long, I’m sorry!). I think when you are first starting out, especially if you have no friends who are in to the fashion it can seem a bit lonely and daunting. It’s also hard to meet people at first as although you want to go to meets or attend events you worry if your outfit is right and if you know enough about the fashion or whether they will accept you or not. There’s also the added risk about how your friends, family and strangers in the street will respond to the fashion and treat you. I had all these worries at the beginning, as did my friends. What I learnt though is that in most cases you are worrying over nothing. The UK scene on a whole is very welcoming and supportive. I decided therefore to share some tips and advice based on what I have learnt and experienced in my first couple of years of wearing lolita. I’ve also done a more personal post about how and why I eventually got in to the fashion. It is long but it documents lots of common problems and feelings that people have when they first start out and valuable lessons that I hope by sharing I can stop others having to go through.

 

My Experience Starting out in lolita

Discovering the fashion:
I can’t remember where I first learnt of lolita fashion. I’ve been trying really hard to remember or guess where it could have been but I really have no idea. I know it must have been around 2004/2005 but exactly where I first saw it is a total mystery. I’m guessing it must have been on a TV show, in a magazine/book or perhaps on some site online.

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The early lolita fashion images I saw were like the ones found in the photo book ‘Gothic and Lolita’. The Japanese street fashions were just so different to the gothic and alternative fashion here, it was creepy, cute, flamboyant, inventive, creative and so individual. I just found it really inspiring. In terms of lolita I loved all the details and the full poofy dresses, it was so cute and pretty.
My first dress:
I’ve always been interested in alternative fashions and so enjoyed visiting Camden where there were loads of little stalls/units selling more Japanese street style clothing. Looking back it was mostly Visual Kei/gothic, though there were a few that sold what I now know to be badly designed and made ‘lolita’ type dresses. I loved the look of the styles and always admired the shop owner’s co-ordinates and any customers who were trying stuff on but I knew I just wouldn’t fit the majority of it so I didn’t even go in. I just felt too out of place. On one trip to Camden though I saw girls that were closer to my size and height trying things on and they fitted fine and looked so pretty so I decided eventually to venture in to the larger unit down by the docks and actually have a look around. I discovered that some of the dresses actually came in S, M, L and had shirring in the back so I tried a dress on that seemed like it might fit. It wasn’t one I really loved, all the things I loved just wouldn’t have fit me, but I wanted a lolita style dress because they are so girly and cute so I bought it anyway (see purchases post for more info). As soon as I purchased it I felt a slight regret though. It was a lot of money (£45 I think) for something that I didn’t love and that I actually wasn’t sure if I would ever wear as I had no idea where to wear it and thought I should maybe have picked something more fitting with my usual style.
After my mixed feelings about my first lolita dress and not really liking any of the loosely lolita based clothing that the alternative brands were making I pretty much just carried on with my interest in western alternative, punk and gothic brands. I was familiar with other street styles and briefly looked into lolita fashion as part of my University art course but it never occurred to me to wear it myself so I didn’t research any deeper. I think I felt it was a thing people in Japan do so it just never crossed my mind at the time to look in to it from an actual fashion point of view. I always liked looking at the photos from a creative, artistic and inspirational point of view because they just looked so pretty.

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The dress was exactly like this one, found pic on google.

Attending my first lolita event:
It wasn’t until a trip to London in 2011 that my interest in lolita would be properly rekindled. I spotted an advert online for a small lolita themed event happening at the Resistance Gallery in London. It happened to fall at a time when I was actually in London doing some work experience. In fact I also went to my first Visual Kei live during that period too, it was a lucky 2weeks to have picked. I didn’t know anyone going and spotted it fairly last minute so I hadn’t had time to do much research about the event or try to talk to anyone on the page. It was called ‘Lolita in Wonderland II: Through the Looking Glass’.

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This was the first time that I discovered there were girls here in the UK actually wearing and buying the fashion. I had kept an eye on various things online, researched a bit more about the fashion and checked out egl every once in a while but never with any real conviction until after this event. The event itself wasn’t great, it didn’t attract many people, was badly organised and didn’t seem to actually be starting properly until hours after the doors opened so lots of us left again. I didn’t wear anything remotely lolita as I had to pack my case for 2 weeks work experience and had limited what to take. Anyway, the fact is that it let me know there were lolitas here in the UK and that made all the difference. I only bought some accessories at the event, I didn’t find any clothing for sale that I liked. I found some photos and things from the event online, they help show just how much the scene, fashion and lolita events have changed and grown since then:
http://www.eveproductions.com/Loli/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcX4M0WFXQ4

http://tokyotelephone.com/lolita-in-wonderland-through-the-looking-glass/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/8432100@N05/sets/72157626619759819/show/
My second lolita event and 1st purchases:
On another trip to London I spotted a poster advertising an event called Hyper Japan. I thought it sounded really interesting and I had always had an interest in Japanese popular culture so I visited it just for the one day. It runs over a weekend and I think I maybe went on a Saturday but I really can’t remember. The year I went (which I think was Feb 2012) they had a bring and buy stall full of lolita items, clothing, accessories etc. I was so excited! I had a look through the items on the rail and the tables and picked out a £15 black op with pink polka dots (Bodyline), a £10 poodle print skirt (Bodyline) and a small poodle purse/bag £5 (off brand). I was so happy and excited, they were a whole world away from the poor quality dress I got in Camden and so much cheaper too. They looked like new even though I’m sure they must have been worn. I had a look at the brand dresses but I just hadn’t planned for buying anything in that kind of price range, I didn’t know beforehand there would even be a bring and buy. It was this experience mixed with me getting more in to Steampunk and gaining more confidence that led me to actively pursue my interest in wearing lolita and looking for other lolitas online. I also went to the Christmas Hyper Japan in 2012 where I wore a very simple (and not great put togther co-ord) but somehow made it on to Kawaii International’s feature anyway.

me on Kawaii International

Joining the community:
Through Steampunk I found out that there were all these local groups on facebook based around the country where people into Steampunk from various cities would meet up and do stuff together. I did a search to see if the same was true for lolita and discovered this whole social network of lolitas holding events and smaller meets. I did more in depth research about lolita, what to look for, brands, styles where to buy etc. Bodyline didn’t have their set price air fee at this point so I looked at their site but just couldn’t afford anything with the added shipping cost. I discovered all these second-hand sales on facebook though and knew what to search for now on ebay. The search term ‘Lolita’ brings up way too many wrong things on ebay and means never ending searches but now I knew more I could use set key words and then only 5 or so items would come up and were usually relevant. I also found lolitas really local to me too which came as a surprise as I live in the middle of nowhere. I remember when I first found the girls in Lincoln, I was so nervous about the first meet even though there would only be 3 or 4 of us. I tried checking their facebook to see what clothes they had, the lolita style they were in to, how well they co-ordinated and what else they were in to. I got up early after barely sleeping due to a mixture of nerves and anxiety, curled my hair, put on a Vampire Requiem replica high waist skirt with black blouse. I decided to go for a more Gothic co-ord as it was easier with what I had and seemed like an easier way to break the ice as it was my first time going out in lolita to a meet and in to town. I met with Gina and Charlotte, Ari couldn’t join us and we went for tea and cake and they were lovely! Since then I haven’t looked back and I now regularly meet with the Leeds lolitas and ones from Sheffield too.

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My first meet, sadly the weather was bad so my hair is more waves than curls

The Future:
I still have a long way to go as my wardrobe is not very coordinated and my co-ords still need improvement plus there’s always more I need to buy but I’m slowly getting there and I’m enjoying my journey! I aim to go to more meets and events, to try and wear lolita on a more regular basis as well as other Japanese street styles. I really want to embrace fashion and do things that are fun, expressive and creative as you only get one life. My confidence has grown loads too! I also have met so many lovely people and had so much fun at events, I still hate travelling alone wearing lolita and often try to finds way of toning my look down so it’s not as obvious (like taking wigs & accessories with me to put on after, wearing a long coat etc). I also have pretty much run out of room in my wardrobe but I’m learning so much about putting outfits together, it’s all really good fun. I even got to do a talk about lolita fashion which was something I never expected would happen when I started in the fashion and I’ve just been inspired in so many different ways. It has had a massive positive impact on my life and I hope that continues. I also hope I can wear it for a lot of years to come but I guess only time will answer that one. Lolita makes me happy and that’s all that is important!

S-Con Event

Last Sunday I went to S-Con which is a small local convention that took place at the Baths Hall in Scunthorpe. I attended it last year (I did a short blog post about it) and due to my blog and the fact I went in lolita I was asked to do a talk. The event costs just £5 bought in advance or £8 on the door and runs 11am – 5pm.Now my intention originally was to attend the whole event, however having been down to London and back the day before I was pretty much worn out plus by the time I got ready (lolita is complicated) and organised all my stuff I didn’t get there until about 12pm. My talk was happening at 1pm.

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I had a quick look around the stalls after setting my stuff up at the side of the stage, saw a bit of the quiz – most of it was totally lost on me, I’m not really that in to Manga and Anime. I then went on stage and did my talk which I think over ran slightly – oops! I have no idea exactly what I said.

My Talk:

The Baths Hall stage is soo big!

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Look How Big The Stage Is!!!

Pic of the stage taken from the side of the stage

Pic of the stage taken from the side of the stage

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Photo of me on stage doing my talk. Photo credit goes to Roni and the S-Con facebook page.

Photo of me on stage doing my talk. Photo credit goes to Roni and the S-Con facebook page.

After my talk I did some shopping, Wildcard were selling these awesome T-shirts that I couldn’t resist. They are the same people that I bought from at Em-Con. It turns out they have a shop based in Lincoln and the designs are produced by local artists too!!  Sorry the pics aren’t great. They were 3 for 2 so worked out at £10 each, the one not pictured is a gift for someone else.

https://www.facebook.com/wildcardtees

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I also picked up this awesome postcard from Genki Gear. I have been known to have Octopus headwear, it was too fitting not to get it!

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https://www.facebook.com/GenkiGear

I also saw the fursuiting talk, I had hoped maybe some of them were crafters and made their own but sadly they all had bought ones. It was still interesting though as it seems the media likes to paint a fairly narrow and somewhat negative picture of fursuit wearers – there’s a  surprise! I love the craft element though, the detail, character and craftsmanship is amazing. It sounds like Helen McCarthy’s talk afterwards would have been worth seeing, it was all to do with Japanese clothing and how Cosplay came about and she was going to look at kawaii culture as well. I had to go though as I needed a lift to get my stuff home and I was just sooo tired 😦

Here’s an awesome video that shows some of the key features and highlights of this year’s S-Con, it also features a little bit of me doing my talk too *cringe*:

Enchanted Event

This last weekend was a very busy one. On Saturday 5th April I travelled down to London for the first Street Fashion Europe event ‘Enchanted’. Lots of photos are up on the following pages now:
https://www.facebook.com/StreetFashionEurope?ref=stream
http://streetfashioneurope.tumblr.com/

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/122661574@N05/sets/
Street Fashion Europe is a collaboration between the different lolita communities across Europe. The idea is to hold a large fashion event each year but in a different country each time. This first one was held in London and was very successful. Tickets sold out in a matter of weeks. The event attracted lolita’s from all across Europe and was even filmed for Kawaii International. The footage will be featured on their next show which will air on 26th and 27th April.
https://www.facebook.com/KawaiiiOfficial?ref=br_tf
The event was held at the Gibson hall in London, it was a very grand venue and the biggest lolita event to have been held so far in the UK. Technically the event should have been for all Japanese street fashion styles but the majority of attendees were lolita and the stalls generally catered mostly for lolitas to. Hopefully in the future there will be more attendees who wear other styles and the event will become more varied.
Special guests for the event were:
Hitomi Nomura – designer and buyer for Japanese brand Grimoire
Yuko Ashizawa –from Japanese brand Atelier Pierrot
Minori – model and Shironuri artist

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I was so happy about Minori being there, I love her artwork! She looked just as flawless in real life as she does in all her photos, so jealous of her talent and beauty. She was also really sweet and very softly spoken.
I travelled down to the event with two of my lolita friends, we all had VIP tickets too so that meant we could get early entry to the event at 2pm and a free glass of sparkling wine. The event finished at 7pm. Although this was still a long day (10am train down, 10:50pm arriving back) it was much less tiring than Frock On! which had started at 10am in London causing us to have to get up ridiculously early to get our train. It was my first time wearing actual brand out too, I wore my Angelic Pretty dress and because it’s white I spent a lot of time stressing about how best to protect it from dirty trains etc. Easily solved – I wore my black Bodyline coat and made sure to sit on it on the train. I do love black, it’s much easier and safer to wear.
We got a little bit lost trying to find the venue and when we arrived there were already quite a few people outside. The outfits they were wearing! Everyone looked stunning, some were just so creative and there were some amazing hats and large hair pieces. I can’t even put in to words how amazing some people looked – I hope there are lots of good photos out there that I can link. Seeing the reactions of members of the public going past was amusing.

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There weren’t as many stalls at this event as there had been at Frock On! and sadly no-one was selling the sort of things I was after. The Bring and Buy stall was too small for the amount of stuff they had. Was a total free for all, I tried a few times to look around it and it was a real effort. I was successful in finding this awesome bonnet but I gave up trying to have a proper look as it was just crazy around there. I also got some lovely pink and white wristcuffs from Stocking Shock.
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The first main event of the day was the fashion show. Unfortunately the sound was quite bad so I have no idea exactly which brands took part. As always there were some beautiful dresses on show. I got this video of all the models doing a final walk on the stage – my pics didn’t come out of individual ones so it seemed easier. The Atelier Pierrot stuff!! It’s always so romantic and Gothic, if only it wasn’t quite so expensive.

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After this followed the auction of two outfits that had been created by Minori. She briefly explained the inspiration behind the outfits and what they were made. I liked the black and white split outfit best!

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After this was a Q&A session with the guests. I meet the Leeds girls at this time though for a group comm photo so I didn’t see this event. Apparently though as the cake buffet opened at the same time lots of the audience went to queue for cake (lolitas and their love for sweet things) plus the sound was bad so it doesn’t sound like it went that well.

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Here’s a wonderful photo of me and the Leeds Comm at Enchanted. It was taken by the very talented Saoirse Clohessy Photography who was one of the official photographers at the event. You can see all her other photos from the event on the same flickr page.

Minori then did a Shironuri make up tutorial which sadly we couldn’t find decent seats to be able to see it plus again there was the sound issue so I decided to have another look around the stalls instead. There is a makeup tutorial by her online though and I’m sure someone will have filmed it:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWFD5RqC4RM
The raffle followed this, so many prizes! The brands have been very generous, they were never ending. Sadly none of us won anything 😦 Unfortunately the event was running late so we actually had to dash off as soon as the raffle ended missing out on the final group picture, also as we were travelling back we couldn’t attend the after party either. I wish train travel was cheaper!

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VIP tote bag and contents

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Closeup of the tote bag design

 

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Minori postcard with info

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Atelier Pierrot design pocket mirror

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Collection of flyers and business cards, some with discount codes

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Minori postcard

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Selection of pretty postcards

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Brooch

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Flower Tea

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Selection of sweets

Sum Up:
I had a fun day and I’m glad I went though it is a long way to go for a little bit of shopping and to see a couple of stage events. It was also quite expensive with the VIP ticket and train fare. I didn’t actually manage to talk to half the people I wanted to either, time just went past really fast even though they overran. I also think it’s a shame that it didn’t attract a wider range of street styles, hopefully that’s something that will improve with future events as awareness grows. I got to meet Minori though and see lots of exquisite fashion which I wouldn’t have anywhere else. Whether I would travel to a different country for the event or not depends on the guests, stalls and stage events.