Friday, May 10, 2019

LBC: The Importance Of Lolita Fashion Publications & Their Impact

When thinking about lolita fashion an image pops into ones head and it's unique to each individual. Sometimes a coveted dress or a meet up that we have attended that quickly come to mind. Another thing that pops in many a bow toped head, particularly in anyone who has been wearing this fashion before 2017, are lolita publications in magazine and mook form. Other forms that have held special importance to the lolita community would be things like brand blog posts with info on releases. And so, this week, we discuss publications for this weeks Lolita Blog Carnival.

Mooks and magazines, whether online or in print, are large influencers in the community. They give us a window into the fashion from the perspective of others that we enjoy or get a grasp on what is happening in the fashion world. And for many this has been the gateway into starting out, spying the lovely pieces worn by models and every day people. Things like the street snaps has inspired people to think outside the box of what designers are allowed to share from within their brand's pieces, allowing for creative minds to flourish while still grasping what is and isn't the fashion.

Now just to clarify, there is a slight difference between mooks and magazines that sometimes get muddled to those who don't get to see them in stores or buy them often. Though their formats are so closely done that someone may miss that, though both collectable, mooks have a longer shelf life while magazines are sold like other magazines. Mooks will come with small gifts or patterns with some even being pattern books with at least twice as many patterns as usual. Magazines on the other hand will be cheaper and usually be only the magazine. 

Magazines like Kera have lasted 19 years in hard copy publication, starting in 1998, and have shared street snaps and released layouts and release info. Just like the GLB they would share the vision of how the companies that would publish info with them could see their garments, allowing the imagination to run wild. This is only my opinion but I found that the coordinates released in Kera mag would be more flexible and striking but it wasn't strictly a lolita fashion magazine. It has since moved to online which has opened the floor to more authors from around the world. 

One of the things that I think leant a hand in the growth of many frilly individual was that the GLB's had patterns to try. It wouldn't be just sewing patterns but sometimes would hold knit and crochet pieces, ribbon art, and even resin based crafting instructions but encouraged many to try making their own pieces in their specific styles. It helped teach an understanding of cuts and patterning to many in very easy straight forward patterns that even non~Japanese readers could follow.

One of the things mooks will often have are a few pages of tutorials for makeup and hair, teaching styles that are found to go well with lolita. It was actually things like these that have helped me along the way while getting into the fashion, it certainly encouraged me with simple techniques. 

As mentioned before, not only did they share how designers envisioned their pieces but how those who bought and wore it for themselves. It did go beyond street snaps sharing the things different people would do, both big and small. Event snaps from around the world would allow readers to see how others' would piece together their coords and show that though this was a niche fashion with some pieces being very limited in release numbers that not everyone thought alike.

I'll let you know if this works XD

So to sum things up, publications assist in better understanding something, as with any focus, and encourage to try different things with looks or a piece we may own that is shown. There are definitely good informational pieces shared within the pages of publications that help us track down things we may see and want too. This helps us make our purchases and curate our styles that we enjoy wearing. There are so many important things that come from publications that  I can only brush over in a post.

If you would like to learn what others have written on this subject, be sure to share them in the links below. You can also go check out the Lolita Blog Carnival page for info on how to join in. All you need is to have a primarily lolita fashion blog, 9 posts on the topic, and have a blog over 3 years old. Check it out! Cheers! XOXO

Saturday, May 4, 2019

LBC: The Impact Of Chinese Brands On The Community

Over the last five to eight years within the lolita fashion community there has been a drastic shift from within. More individuals who wear lolita make larger purchases from Chinese brands, both listed on taobao shop sites and singular shops. The market has shifted due to several factors and has caused the community to react and spend in different ways from before. And that is what we will be discussing this week for the Lolita Blog Carnival.

While discussing new releases that have caught the eyes of friends often times it is of a piece that is being released by brands I would have been unfamiliar with years ago. Brands like Sweet Papiya or Penny House, which would not have been chanced earlier on, have released pieces that people have gone crazy over, myself included. 

Due to the newer and quicker ways to shop Chinese brands have become more accessible to the western communities there has been a drastic change in the way Chinese brands have been viewed. Years ago you needed all sorts of shopping service help and it was dicey, to say the least, when it came to how the garment would actually turn out. Brands like Fan+Friend, Souffle Song, Chess Story, and Classical Puppets have produced consistent products that please many, and quality improving even still. The growth of newer brands definitely expands the lolita fashion universe and adds to what it is at this time.

There are still some that believe there is a marginal difference between Chinese brands and Japanese but they are difficult to find. Some have said that the only real factor when purchasing from a Chinese brand is that solid pieces tend to be preferable and prints have been under high scrutiny. It does vary from person to person but I have heard this from many.

The newer generations of lolita wearers have grown into a place of easy access and wonderful options at much better prices. There are brands that do charge a higher quantity due to the uptick in tariffs and the like, depending on where it is being purchased from, but it is usually worth it depending on the brand. There are definitely some solid pieces to be found now.

However there is a small caveat in regards to an influx of so many wonderful things for prices like these. It has saturated the markets and made it harder for those looking to reclaim the price point of their beloved dresses that they look to sell. This means that things become harder to move and the value drops (with few exceptions) and means, for some, that lolita fashion is no longer an investment. It’s excellent if you are new and starting out as the struggle for great deals on beautiful pieces is only remotely present.

So for the impact Chinese brands have made on the lolita Community there is the great, good, and the not so good. In many ways it has helped with accessibility and made more viable (not bodyline) options for the community but on the other end of the spectrum it makes it harder for change to one’s wardrobe or regaining money spent. I think it helps along with the idea that people now take one second look (for some people!) before hitting that buy it now button and asks ‘do I really want this?’ helping the buyer. That’s just in my opinion though it’s different for everyone and you can check out what others have thought about it in the links to their posts below!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

LBC: Where Do You Like/Would Like To Go While In Lolita

The world holds many possibilities when it comes to finding secret (or not so secret) little locations to enjoy oneself in frills. People who wear the fashion sometimes even have favorite little places they enjoy going, sometimes a place that evokes the aesthetic they love. Though there are also some odd ducks in the mix that enjoy traipsing through places that have no relation to aesthetics and just make one happy. This past Lolita Blog Carnival topic asked where we like or would like to go while dressed in frills and I'm sure you'll find it interesting to learn where everyone would like to go. 

<3 Loves To Go <3

There are actually a great deal of places I love to go while dressed in lolita fashion, I have a sort of preference. Being a lifestyler I tend to go everywhere in lolita fashion but the places that really get me going are museums, museum houses, and antiquing!


I'm certain many of you have figured out that I enjoy finding a nice new(old) pair of gloves or a beautiful cameo piece, teacups line my shelves that I get from my favorite dealer. It's a bit of an addiction that I will not give up any time soon though I have had space issues with as many teacups and pots as I have, I could probably fill up two chests.

Another place I love to go is the woods on trails and such. It's not really a place but if there's a dense wood with a trail I will enjoy a stroll through it. There's just something magical about walking through the woods with friends, maybe with picnic baskets in hand and music playing on someone's phone. It's maybe the one place that you can easily feel like you are in a world of your own and relax.

The last, and obvious place I enjoy going is afternoon tea! I search out places to have afternoon tea and then there are some locations that I have a preference for. This was actually from Halloween last year, I decided to get as decked out as possible and have a day out on the town. It is always nice and soothing in my opinion.

<3 Would Love To Go <3

Photo not mine

A few posts back, during this post for the 365LLC, I shared one little blip about dreaming to go to Dracula's castle in Romania and this is still very true. I dream of roaming the halls in one of my most lovely pieces and bonnets or hats, maybe stay the night as you can now, and trek through the grounds.

Bach's Home photo not mine either

Another place would be to take a tour around Germany and visit the homes of Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and the like. I would enjoy visiting any of the renowned composers homes just as much as trekking to Romania. This is a lofty dream as I have only left the country once and I don't see it happening any time soon.

I need to be here! But also not my photo

The last I can think that I really want is to take a tour of tea houses in England....I have a list and I'm not afraid to jump the pond to get to it!

All of these places are definitely at the top of my lists to go in lolita and I don't know what I would do if I were to ever accomplish that second half. Traveling in particular with frills can be daunting but so very worth it, in my opinion anyway. If you want to learn more about places others have enjoyed or would like to go, check their posts out in the links below.