So excited about this post!!! My first real video to share with everyone. I’ll tell you more about Waku Waku another day. I want to cut right to the chase – the Baby, the Stars Shine Bright Fashion Show. It was simply fantastic!! See for yourself:
I have two favorites from the show – the new Halloween print of a nightmare candy factory and the new heart apron in a mix of red and white. Adorable. Plus so many ouji looks!!!!!! Must say that Milky Train is growing on me. Never really paid much attention to it, but you know, boy style. I almost melted when Yani waves Kuma Kumya chan’s hands. But what I want more than anything is the cape Yura wears in the final look. My need is strong.
Music: Bright Trance Night
My taste swings to the sweet side of things, but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate other J-Fashion styles. Former h.NAOTO chief designer, Daisuke Ichikawa, put on a superb show at AnimeNEXT. Distressed fabrics and tough attitudes along side neko mimi and pearls combined to make what I can only describe as fancy punk. The coordinates for the girls were both pretty and edgy. The guys sported jackets that were tailored perfectly for country club life were it not for the bold spray painted stencil details.
Bassist Yo of the visual kei band Matenrou Opera modeled along with many local amateurs. Yo has modeled for Acryl agitt in the past in Japan however this was his first apperance modeling in the US.
I couldn’t keep count how many coordinates made their way down the catwalk. Truly an impressive number of pieces and models. Not only did the clothing make an impression but the make up was delectable.
AnimeNEXT might be tiny by con standards, but it brings in the talent when it comes to J-Fashion. The convention wasn’t very good at organizing the line to get in or at being prompt about starting on time, but the show was awesome. I debated not going this year but then they announced that Kimura U was going to be the guest model and that sealed the deal.
My beau and I were able to snag not just front row seats, but the two seats right at the end of the catwalk. Couldn’t have been better! So without further ado here are some of the snaps I captured from the show. Hope you enjoy it.
Have to pause here. This was my favorite コデ (coordinate.) I love her hair and the pastels. But what I like is that somehow this look is posh, cute, and quirky all at the same time. The silver high heal necklace gives elegance to the look while the high top trainers make it casual. And the Wonder Woman cuff bracelets – awesome!!!
I love that these shows give local fashion fans the chance to model. At the same time it must be so hard for them. They have little-to-no time to prep and rehearse. I think everyone did a really great job! My only critique is that the amateurs need to take more time in their poses. Its probably just nerves getting the best of them, I did a lot of theater in my youth so know how your heart goes doki-doki on stage. But some of the girls were so fast all I could get was blurs.
On Wednesday, the Japan Society provided the NY Lolita Community with a precious gift. They showered us with a panel, fashion show, and meet and greet with the one and only Misako Aoki. Not even an ice storm could keep our EGL gals and guys away. The topic of the panel was Lolita Fashion: Costume or Culture? I prefer the later, thank you. Here is a quick breakdown of the details:
- Gwynn Galitzer of Dirty Bird Production, moderator
- Former Kawaii Ambassador Misako Aoki, panelist
- Carolyn Dee author of FYeah Lolita, panelist
- Christina Gleason author of Ramble Rori, panelist
- Baby, the Stars Shine Bright, fashion show
The Panel Discussion
Most panels on Lolita fashion stick to the “101” facts. This panel didn’t deviate much from that script. But what I enjoyed most was to hear Misako, Christina and Caro talk about what is currently on trend. In particular a return to more classic-style coordinates instead of sweet-style dominating the scene. The longer style of dresses in particular being the new and very popular option. Misako also mentioned that she is very fond of the long and flowy trumpet sleeves right now. For example, Baby’s Labyrinth in the Reminiscent Mirror Flower Lace Blouse or on their Doll Coronet Aria Onepiece.
And if you can believe it, Misako flew to NY from Tokyo in her coordinate. Bonnet, petticoat, uh huh. Yep she is the real deal.
Baby, the Stars Shine Bright Fashion Show
After the Q&A panel there was a mini fashion show featuring eight looks from Baby, the Stars Shine Bright and Alice and the Pirates. While the wedding coordinate is always greeted with oohhs and aahhs. This time it was the pirate boots and hat that accompanied the look Kitsy modeled which attracted the most attention.
P.S. If you haven’t already, be sure to get your tickets for RuffleCon, the first Northeastern USA convention dedicated entirely to Japanese alternative fashion.
12 Feb Update: Japan Society posted a video of the lecture to their website. Be sure to check it out.
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“Since I was a child, I was always genuinely happy to see girls wearing clothes with frills and lace, looking like princesses and feeling cute and pretty. I developed BABY, THE STARS SHINE BRIGHT to make clothes with that at their heart.” That is the quote from Akinori Isobe, the CEO of BTSSB, which adorned Anime Next’s website and was the call to action for East Coast lolita’s. So without further ado, here is the Baby runway show!
Baby the Stars Shine Bright
Nanairo Prism ♪ Sweet Alice (なないろプリズム♪アリスちゃん柄) in Saxe Blue
Wiz Me ♪ Over the Rainbow in Red
Twinning Juicy Baby Love Love Berries in Mint and Ivory
Some Day of Ranunculus (ある日のラナンキュラス柄) in Lavender
Blooming Fairy Doll in Pink
La Robe Vert Clair (collaboration with Midori-chan)
After the show the designers both joined the stage to take a bow. And the show concluded with Isobe-san and the designers taking a session of Q&A.
Masumi Kano, Designer
Saki Tachibana, Designer
The ever lovely Grace braved a 3 hour train ride then joined me for another hour and half by car to make it down to AnimeNext on Saturday. We were determined to see the Baby the Stars Shine Bright fashion show. Well worth the journey. The show was stunning. Best of all, I love that the models are locals (mostly) from the J-Fashion scene in the Tri-State area. Real girls with a real love for lolita. That passion resonated on stage.
Somehow our loli-posse managed to score front row seats. Yay! Not so yay is the bad hair day and derp face I was making. I look like a granny in a bow （￣へ￣）
Now on to the show! The show kicked off with Alice and the Pirates and concluded with Baby. And who better to make the first grand entrance other than MC Melod¥ Doll herself!
Alice and the Pirates
Mermaid in the Jewelry Box (宝石箱のマーメイド柄) in Cream
Trump Alice in Saxe Blue
Clockwork Aristo Kitty (時計じかけのおすましキャット柄) in Black
White Rabbit Salopette (時計うさぎのサロペット) in Camel
Ginger Doll (ジンジャードール) in Black
Albert Jacket (アルバートジャケット) and Lace Noir Dress (レースノワールドレス) in Black
That concludes the Alice and the Pirates runway. Will continue with the Baby runway in Part 2.