I love this dress!
Blouse: Dear Celine
Dress: Innocent World
Belt: Axes Femme
Shoes: Din Sko
Inspired by the rich gold and black of Dolce and Gabbana’s A/W 2012 collection, I saw this fabric and knew it was meant to be. Just finished over Thanksgiving weekend, it’s been a great relief since I haven’t sewn anything this ambitious in a long time.
It’s done! I wonder what my next sewing project should be. I’m on a roll!
Grimoire Almadel, Shibuya. Images via Tokyo Telephone.
Without a doubt Grimoire has been hugely influential not only in terms of developing dolly-kei style, but also vintage boutiques in Japan. You only have to be in there for the breifest amount of time to get caught up in this wonderful world full of strange delights and charming clothing.
Grimoire Decor via Tokyo Telephone
Grimoire Almadel: Map
Grimoire Original: Map
Creating something new from something old has always been the result of Japanese ingenuity, and Japanese fashion is no exception. From lolita fashion’s reinterpretation of Victorian and Edwardian aesthetics mixed with gothic darkness or saccarine sweet prints, gyaru redefining conspicuous consumption and then subverting it, and to vintage menswear aficionados incorporating military items from opposing forces, it’s no wonder that contemporary Japanese fashion has become such a fantastic melting pot. It’s almost impossible to pick apart each individual style here, and Grimoire’s own dolly-kei is no exception. On the surface very similar to the laid back forest-dwelling mori girls, dolly-kei lovers take it once step further: perhaps the witches secretly ruling the forest, perhaps travelling sellers of ribbons and bobbins, the dolly style aesthetic is a touch more regal and imposing.
Do click on Grimoire’s website link and drag the page around once it loads. It’s incredible — one of my favorite sites, for the art and atmosphere. (Not mobile-friendly.)
Snow outside, snow on my tights.
Just something simple to go eat out.
One of the biggest lolita tragedies is to have the perfect coordinate but to have the dress not fit. Today, I’m shipping this dream dress off to another owner. Bon Voyage love, we’ll always have these pictures.
Mary Magdalene Antoinette OP, Innocent World Blouse and Hat, and Handmade silk flower corsage.