Monday, July 21, 2014

Lolita Wishlist for July!

Hello everyone!

So, I've never written about it on this blog before, but one of the reasons I've been interested in Japan for a long time is because of the Japanese fashion scene. I really love the innovation in a lot of Japanese street fashion styles seen around Harajuku, such as mori girl, gyaru, fairy and dolly kei, decora, and most of all, lolita.

If you don't know much about lolita fashion, it's basically a street fashion based on Victorian and Rococo style. It originated in Japan, but now has many fans all over the world (like me)! Many cities have their own lolita communities of people who enjoy wearing these kinds of clothes. There are lots of different substyles of lolita, such as sweet lolita, gothic lolita, classic lolita, and so on. You can buy lolita clothes from lots of different places (or make your own), but the founding and most popular lolita designers are in Japan, where the big brands have multiple stores around the country. Luckily for me, a couple of brands (Baby, the Stars Shine Bright and Angelic Pretty) have stores in Utsunomiya, but it's also not too hard for me to head down to Harajuku to check out other stores every so often.

If you want to learn more about lolita fashion, I recommend taking a look at this website:
http://www.lolitafashion.org/what_is_lolita.html

With that basic introduction to lolita out of the way, I now want to post about my lolita wishlist for the month of July! I've bought a few different lolita pieces while I've been in Japan, but I still have a pretty small lolita wardrobe. I'm hoping to expand it a little in the coming months, and these are the pieces that are on my mind:

Soiree of the Beginning of my Memories JSK II

I've been in love with this soiree print dress from Baby, the Stars Shine Bright ever since I saw the preview photos. The print is gorgeous, and I get a huge Gone with the Wind (one of my favourite ever movies) vibe from it. On top of that, as you can see it's available in green, which is a relatively uncommon colour for lolita dresses. Green seems to suit me quite well, so I'm always excited when a dress is released in a green colourway.

I did try this dress on over new years, but found it was too small around my bust. I'm hoping for two things: one, that my bust has shrunk, and two, that this dress will be included in Baby's summer sale, haha!

Here's a link to dress if you want to check out the details for yourself:
http://www.babyssb.co.jp/onlinestore/138210/

Princess Wardrobe Pinafore Dress Set

This is a summer set from Metamorphose Temps de Filles. The set includes everything pictured above: the dress, blouse, bag, headbow, and socks. The whole set retails for around the same price as a single dress usually does, so it's a fairly good deal! Although I'm not usually interested in light coloured dresses, again this is an unusual lavender-grey colour which really appeals to me. The black colourway is also very nice, but I already have a black dress in my wardrobe, so I don't want another just yet. The print on this is adorable and still somewhat simple, which I appreciate. This set is such a good deal - it's been up on the Metamorphose site for a long time now, but I'm still hoping to nab one before it sells out.

Where to buy:
http://www.metamorphose.gr.jp/category/select/cid/382/pid/10042

Cesky Krumlov

This is the "Just Waist" version of Cesky Krumlov, a new dress by Innocent World. The print is based on the city of Cesky Krumlov, in the Czech Republic. Not surprisingly, the old part of this beautiful city has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Innocent World's head designer, Yumi Fujiwara, visited Cesky Krumlov, and was inspired to create this dress. You can see a very interesting video of her discussing the design process in relation to this print here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZDVJR_XqAY

Doesn't she seem like a lovely lady?! Innocent World is by far my favourite lolita brand, and watching the videos from that documentary series just made me appreciate Yumi's hard work even more. 

Anyway, I love the bold colours and dreamy print on this dress. It has some very cute details, like heart-shaped buttons down the front, and a dove-shaped broach which you can see on the left side shoulder strap. What's more, the shape of this version of the dress is very flattering. The way it nips in at the waist gives a really nice silhouette. It's another dress which I get the feeling I may give in to!

See more of this dress:
http://innocent-w.jp/onlineshop/en/143705.html

Cameo Window Tiered JSK

Last but not least, this upcoming release from Angelic Pretty.It hasn't been released (not even for reserve) yet, so this is the best picture available, unfortunately. The one I have my eye on is the wine red jumperskirt, top right. The colour is striking, and the details look impeccable. The border print is of "cameo window" scenes from Paris, such as the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Some people have said it looks more like a design by Baby rather than Angelic Pretty, but as I'm not usually a fan of AP's overly sweet designs, I think it's stunning. The problem is, if you can see closely enough...the price. It's  ¥29,800, plus tax! That's totally out of my price range right now, and as it seems like it will be released on reserve quite soon (possible next weekend), it looks like one I'm sadly going to have to miss. I suppose I can only hope to see pictures of others wearing beautiful outfits with this dress once it's released!

As I said, there's not much about this online yet, so here's the only information of their website so far:
http://www.angelicpretty.com/shopnews/tokyo.htm

Well, time to wrap this post up. Which of my July wishlist dresses is your favourite? More importantly, what's on your wishlist at the moment? I'd love to know what you've got your eye on, so let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,

- Annabelle



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