Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Here's a gothic coordinate I made in honor of Halloween...
Dress: h.Naoto GRAMM
Faux fur stole: H&M
Headdress: handmade
Fur bag: offbrand
I modified the bag by clipping a handmade bracelet to the strap!

What shall I sing to my lord from my window? 
What shall I sing, for my lord will not stay? 
What shall I sing, for my lord will not listen? 
Where shall I go, for my lord is away? 

Whom shall I love when the moon is arisen? 
Gone is my lord, and the grave is his prison. 

What shall I say when my lord comes a-calling? 
What shall I say when he knocks on my door? 
What shall I say when his feet enter softly, 
Leaving the marks of his grave on my floor? 

Enter my lord, come from your prison. 
Come from your grave, for the moon is arisen.

Welcome my lord.

-- excerpt from The Innocents (1961)

Happy Halloween, everyone!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

After the Con is Over

Now that NYAF/NYCC is thoroughly finished, I can safely say that my "Out of the Woods" panel about morigirl, natural kei, and dolly kei was a success for the second time. What a relief! My friend Jen took some pictures during the panel, so here's what the presentation looked like for those who couldn't make it to the convention.

A shot taken from the back of the room:
Here are a few slides from the natural kei portion of the presentation:
 I talked a bit about Pink House and designer Kaneko Isao's influence on the fashion.
 Next, I talked about morigirl style:
 I also talked about some morigirl brands like Wonder Rocket and Syrup among others.
Finally, the segment about dolly kei...
 Here are some shots of my lovely models! I was able to provide most of the clothes for the natural kei and dolly kei models from my own wardrobe, but the morigirls brought their own coordinates. Yanise modeled natural kei, wearing a Pink House dress and off-brand accessories. Doesn't she look as though she was made for this style? She suits the Pink House look so well.
Next, here is Kelsey (of I Do Declare) modeling natural kei and Bianca (of Curly B) modeling dolly kei. Kelsey wore a Pink House dress, vintage Ralph Lauren skirt, and off-brand accessories. Bianca wore a vintage Gunne Sax dress and off-brand accessories. They look so cute together!
Here's my friend Petrina modeling morigirl style! She put together her own coordinate made up of a Wonder Rocket tunic dress, offbrand accessories, and a handmade cardigan. Petrina has such a peaceful morigirl style!
My friend Aria (of Dixmacabre Sewing Chronicle) also modeled morigirl and put together her own coordinate for the panel. She's wearing a Wonder Rocket dress, offbrand accessories, and a handmade hat! I love all the handmade details my morigirls incorporated into their outfits.
Aly (of Miss Lumpy) modeled dolly kei. She wore all offbrand and vintage clothes and pulled off the look really well! I think Hitomi and the Grimoire shop girls would really have liked her brightly-colored hair. You may recognize the skirt from my last post about buying dolly kei online!
I'm lucky to have such attractive and cooperative friends. Thank you for modeling for me, everyone!

When the panel was over, the raffle began. The main prizes were two complete outfits-- detailed in this post-- but there were also many other amazing prizes contributed by my friends. I was tempted to keep some things for myself!

First, Shanda (of Sweet Daydreams) hand-crafted these floral hair accessories. Whimsical details like seed pearls and tassels made these hair clips to die for! Besides her blog, Shanda runs an Etsy store for her creations: Mousse au Chocolat. Check it out for more hand-crafted ornaments!
Second, Aly, my dolly fashion model, made some adorable birdsnest accessories, a hair clip and a brooch. Tiny twigs, acorns, and bits of moss mix playfully with pearls and ribbon-- making these ornaments the perfect complement for morigirl and many other styles. Aly sells many hand-crafted accessories in her Etsy store, Amaranth Opulent, so be sure to take a look!
Third, Aria, one of my morigirl models, contributed two of these gorgeous handmade corsages. Pom-pom trim and a variety of laces blend to form a beautiful tail to the hand-crocheted flowers. These corsages can be clipped in the hair, or to a bag, or even a dress. Visit Aria's blog for other examples of her sewing talents!
Thanks to all my friends with cameras, I was able to get a shot of the dolly kei outfit I wore on Saturday. The skirt is a genuine trachten skirt from Germany that I was lucky enough to find in an outdoor flea market a few weeks ago, and everything else is either vintage or offbrand.
I had a wonderful time! If you want to see more photos and the post Jen made about my panel, visit the morigirl livejournal community.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Out of the Woods Panel Redux

Good news! If you missed my natural kei, morigirl, and dolly kei panel "Out of the Woods" at Otakon, you can still catch it this weekend at New York Anime Fest/New York Comic Con. It will be a bit different this time with more photos in the slideshow and more models wearing the three styles! I'll be presenting the panel by myself because Miakoda is busy with preparing her line for the Never-Ending Closet fashion show, but I hope to see everyone there!

Out of the Woods: Natural Kei, Morigirl, and Dolly Kei
Date: Saturday, October 9
Time: 2:30-3:30 pm
Location: Room 1E12

Here's a quick preview of some of the raffle prizes...
First, we have a comfortable autumn outfit cobbled together from a Forever 21 dress, vintage hat, and cardigan from Japanese brand Nice Claup. I made the fox necklace myself!

Next, here's a dolly kei outfit featuring a genuine Gunne Sax dress and Forever 21 jacket...
I made the silver bird + mirror necklace with this outfit as well...
There will also be a slew of handmade accessories offered as prizes, so I hope you get a lucky ticket!