Today was my first visit this time round to Marui One - shopping mecca for goth/punk/lolita gear. And my, wasn’t it festive with Halloween cheer? Although it’s the top 4 foors that are devoted to gothic fashion, the ground floor was a darkling’s toy store. There were Corpse Bride and Nightmare Before Xmas character dolls everywhere, cackling maniacally. There were ghosts and skull heads and pumpkins and witches masks and bats and spiders – AWESOME!!
Upstairs there was even a gothic/Halloween Blythe doll exhibit. Now I’m not a doll girl, but these were ADORABLE! This one shows 2 little girls in black lolita/aristocrat stylee with broomsticks, in a miniature graveyard setting, with tombstones and cobwebs and black cats and little skulls everywhere. What’s not to love?
It took me a few hours to check out the latest designs from the top 4 floors, mostly spent gazing slack-jawed at the huge array of platform shoes and boots from Yosuke. The 2 pics here are only half of one wall, and boots only:
See the space towards the end of the top row? Yeah. I bought those.
The sheer variety was amazing: shoes or boots in leopard print? Yup – do you want them in aqua blue or pink leopard pvc, a bit Doc Marten-like? Or white platform trainer type like Swears with leopard (or zebra) contrast inserts? Want boots in iridescent purple (the ones I bought), or cobalt blue? In tartan? Or just the usual black but with lots of chains hanging off, or contrast piping, or buckles galore, or…
Like I said, the variety astounds me. I am definitely going back to buy several more pairs.
I had a surreal moment when I heard Aussie band Wolfmother blare from the Sexy Dynamite London store – cool! I had actually been browsing the Black Peace Now clothing, usually one of my fave labels, but the ‘mother won out and I scurried back to listen til the song ended.
It looks a bit better on the model on their website. Anyway, I was a good girl and stopped there.
This was just a preliminary browse, you understand.
Four australian girlfriends land here tomorrow and you’d better believe,
WE’RE. GOING. SHOPPING.