Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Brighton Japan Festival

Last weekend I took part in two Lolita fashion shows as part of Brighton Japan Festival!

~coat is by Innocent World~

I arrived at the festival quite early somehow! I had a chance to eat some takoyaki before the show. I don't know if it's my absolute favourite food, but it must be somewhere in the top ten! I'm really fond of Japanese mayonnaise too. All mayonnaise is good, but JP mayo is more eggy, and therefore the best! 

Now you know how greedy I am, on to the first fashion show! This was the "Sweet Lolita Catwalk"; you've basically seen my outfit before but for the show I changed my hairstyle to a shoulder-length wig and my shoes to the plain white mary-janes, to make it even more ama-loli!

JSK- Metamorphose
Bow- Handmade
Everything else- Vintage and offbrand

My lovely friend, ichigo_shock, who organised the catwalk, also provided us with these cute balloons!

I always get nervous about this sort of thing, but once I was on the stage I really enjoyed myself! The audience were very smily and nice, so I think that helped. 

All the Sweet Lolita models came out together at the end. The other girls all looked so amazing, and I loved how everyone had their own style! I felt very inspired seeing their wonderful coordinates, and I want to try harder with my own, especially with accessories.

You can see the wonderful Herajika in the picture above, looking as usual as if she leapt from the pages of GLB! In the strawberry dress is azura_mel, one of the prettiest girls I've ever seen <3  

There was a gap between this show and the later one. I took the opportunity to look around the festival. There were quite a few things going on. and a fair few people, though the weather was rather grey and dreary. This somewhat mis-matched couple came to soak up the atmosphere:

Too cute!

On to the second show, the Gothic Lolita Catwalk! This one was also really fun; I tried to channel a bit of 'vampire romance' into my walk.

OP- Juliette et Justine
Tights- Vivienne Westwod
Corsages, sash- Handmade
Everything else- Vintage and offbrand

I don't really have many strictly Gothic items, but I did my best and I think this coord could be called "Classic-Gothic" at least! A bit difficult to see in these pictures, but I wore a sheer blouse, chiffon sash and lace tights. Please use your imagination!

I changed my wig too! I haven't worn wigs before, only extensions occaisonally, so I was a little apprehensive of them falling off my head into the terrified audience. Luckily they stayed on! And they kept my little head nice and warm too. 

With beautiful Herajika again (she made that bonnet! So talented!), and you can just about see a glimpse my friend Wing's fabulous gold shoes.

I had a lot of fun at the festival! I hope you enjoyed the pictures. See you again soon!


  1. *sigh* wonderful n_n ♥

  2. you looked wonderful! I love your outfits.

  3. I really love your outfits! I prefer the second though, I'm a fan of goth style even if I couldn't be called a goth (neither a lolita XD).
    Your wigs really look natural, I like them! I never tried a wig, I only have some flashy false wisps.
    Ahhh takoyaki! I ate them only once in Japan and I burned my tongue so badly I couldn't taste them -.-
    I want to try again. I love japanese mayo too! And the fish flakes and the special sauce!!!

  4. Wow that looked like so much fun :D
    You look adorable in Sweet, your smile is so innocent and cute ^^
    I really liked the Gothic outfit as well, it's nice to see a light blue paired with black and that Juliette dress is amazing *_*

  5. Seriously, this is the most beautiful sweet lolita coord I've seen by now. The fashion show looked like so much fun! I love your Gothic lolita outfit as well.
    It seems you can wear every style and completely make it your own right away.


  6. You look amazing in both sweet and gothic styles, even though I'm a big fan of your classic coords. Varietas delectat!
    I think I may have mentioned this before but blue is such a great colour for you, it really suits your hair and complexion. Great poses too!

  7. Nadia~
    Thanks for your lovely comment!

    Thank you veyr much!

    Piperita Patty~
    I'm very glad you think the wigs look natural. Sorry to hear about your unfortunate takoyaki experience- better luck next time! Ah yes, fish flakes are amazing!

    Hanabira Keiko~
    It was a really enjoyable day! I kept meaning to make a pale blue and black coord, so I'm glad I finally got around to it.

    Hanae Fayette~
    You're so sweet, thank you! When my friend asked me to be in the catwalk, at first I was a bit worried about stepping out of my Classic comfort zone. In the end I felt quite at home in both outfits!

    Oh, thank you thank you! I tried to prepare some poses but I only remembered one for the Gothic catwalk, whoops! Luckily someone snapped a picture of it.

  8. Aw you look so wonderful in everything you wear! I love the sweet lolita look on you too!~

  9. You look so pretty! We still have to twin at some point!!!

  10. There are some photos of you and other lolita fashionistas (as well as of strawberry cup cakes) at the Brighton Japan Festival / Matsuri 祭 in this set here:

    The "hive mind" is most cordially invited to add comments. I visited (and then beat a hasty retreat from) the Lolita Fashion Wikipedia page.

    I am not afraid to say Gothic / Sweet / GothLoli / Ama-loli / Rococo / Victorian / Edwardian / Classic / Regency / Empire / Punk / Princess / Hime / Shiro / Kuro / White / Ōji / Boystyle / Prince / Guro / Gore / Sailor / Country / Wa rori / Qi or even Casual Lolita - but I don't know what they mean..!

  11. Patrick~
    Thank you! You are so kind.

    Alice In Fashionland~
    Thank you! Yes, I have some ideas about that!

    Thank you very much for showing me your wonderful photos! I hope it's ok to give the other models the link too, I'm sure they will be delighted. Gosh, I hardly thought about how many substyles there are, haha!


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