Fernopaa at Studio Alta Shinjuku, Amihamu, Spiked collar & cuffs

Last November when in Tokyo, I visited Fernopaa for the first time in Studio Alta Shinjuku – see my post “New Rock Gyaru store FERNOPAA

Well, returning this time, I found the gorgeous Amihamu there, seen here with me, and the store layout much as it was…but with a BIG Halloween theme (as seen everywhere in Tokyo)

me with Amihamu from Fernopaa, Shinjuku

And even better is the photo of both the beautiful shopstaff:

Fernopaa girls Amihamu

On my first visit this time I saw a great black spiked bra that’d be fab for clubbing, but when I went back, it was sold out! I grabbed a spiked black satin collar instead:

spiked collar from Fernopaa

If the tag and lettering remind you of tutuHA, aparently the designer of  tutuHA is now the Fernopaa designer, and hence the name change to Glavil by tutuHA. (And btw, there is now a pre-order Glavil by tutuHA page on Facebook – go check it out!)

Last year I bought a pair of exquisite cuffs that are modelled on the human spine, that I failed to post before now:

spine jewellery from Fernopaa

So you can see from the pics that Fernopaa is very much a rock gyaru store, with a lot of gothic crossover. Although there remain certain elements I wouldn’t wear in the store (like the babydoll dresses, hotpants etc), there are a lot of items I would buy and wear. The accessories especially, are right up my goth-rock alley!

For more info and inspiration, see the following links:

Fernopaa Official Shop Blog

Fernopaa Snaap (pics of shopstaff & customers)

Ami’s Blog

Fernopaa Tumblr

There are a lot of tumblrs dedicated to gyaru fashion, shopstaff style and Amihamu in particular, that could keep you browsing for hours! Let me know what your faves are, along with shop staff blogs you like the most.

New Rock Gyaru store FERNOPAA

On this most recent Tokyo trip, I discovered a new gyaru store in Studio Alta on the 5th floor, called Fernopaa.  How exciting!

It stood out to me immediately, amidst other retro/bland stores, on account of its rock/glam look – very much like tutuHa. There were lots of spikes and skulls, crosses, metallics, leopard print, stripes, black, splashes of red and fuschia, cool hats..all the things I love 🙂 I really like that there are totally wearable items in there, alongside over-the-top, costumey, for clubs and parties type wear.  For my money, there is more here for the average girl to wear than in tutuHa. But enough babbling, see the store:

This one is not my pic…it shows the store’s layout quite nicely.

The glamorous girls in the store looked familiar…and it turns out they’re ex-tutuHa themselves! Unlike some stores, the girls not only welcome photos, but they take pics of you for their microblog Fernopaasnaap!  I went there in the first few days of my trip, and returned on my very last day to get some more goodies 🙂 The day I last shopped, unfortunately I had no make-up, lenses or lashes on and looked disgusting, but  agreed to pics (oh, I could DIE!).   But it was so cool that they recognised me when I returned and made a big fuss. Anyway, here’s the link to when I was in the Fernopaa store on November 21st.  And here are my photos:

Ami, Morimayu and Yanitan (??) The 2 on the left are so doll-like! The third is very streetwear rock. Ami always wears the pirate hat and Morimayu the tall marching band hat.

I bought some fab wristlets  in the shape of spines, and a new eyeball ring (also just seen on the khaki-clad mannequin)…but I’ll show you these in an upcoming outfit post!

I noticed that gorgeous gal blogger Woxje has done a post introducing Fernopaa too!  She also gives links to the shop girls blogs, so take a look.

All in all, Fernopaa is a real addition to the gyaru fashion scene. If non-gyaru girls like me love it, I can only imagine that gals will flip! Hopefully a webstore will be coming soon…and maybe a shop in 109 one day? Who knows?

Fukubukuro pictures, Part 2

Now I’m back home and can upload pics from my Sony, here are some more pictures from January 2nd – the day the New Years lucky bags go on sale in Japan.

The excellent site Tokyo Fashion has already done 3 fab articles with loads of photos on Fukubukuro here, here and here.

As for me, I went to Marui One first, as I wanted to get gothic gear. I was there about 10.30 but there was no queue out the door or anything. It was only when I got inside that I saw masses of people looking at the sales and the various bags. Here’s a quick pic I took on my way out:

I was there primarily for the shopping, not to take pictures, so there weren’t that many. After all, I had THREE major centres to hit! I passed Studio Alta around midday also, and there weren’t too many girls out the front, although it was very crowded inside. Many had the rolling pink floral cases by Liz Lisa, I noticed.

Had I but known, I should’ve just stayed there, as between Alta and Lumine Est, most of the major gal brands are covered, and I wouldn’t have been swept along in the seething mass of people that was Shibuya 109. But, to Shibuya I went.

It didn’t look too bad from far away…


But you could only see the madness when you got up close!

Everywhere were people jostling, clutching multiple lucky bags…some TV company was even filming it, as you can just see here…

lucky bags Shibuya 109

gyaru lucky bags Shibuya 109

lucky bags Shibuya 109

You can see the familiar brand names Cecil McBee, Vanquish, Ank Rouge, Rose FanFan, JSG, and one that might be Manalove…everywhere girls were opening their packs and swapping with girlfriends nearby (as items are not always the same, even in bags from the same brand).  I took these pics as I was carried along by the crowd. Once inside it was little better; again the crowd just surged along taking you with it like a raging torrent, and you had to try to get out of the crowd to enter a shop you liked. One – Emoda – had quite a queue to even get in the store, such was its popularity. And then there were the queues at the tills.

I decided just to buy particular pieces I liked rather than lucky bags, as I’d already bought 2 naoto bags in the morning, and the ones where I could see the contents, were not that appealing to me.

I then went to Harajuku, visiting La Foret for the the gothic punk underground floors, before proceeding along the street past Forever 21, where you can see girls spruiking the bags outside:


Here’s what they sounded like: Girls at Harajuku Forever 21 spruiking lucky bags

And here’s how slow it was walking in the crowd from La Foret to Takeshita Street: Harajuku on fukubukuro day, Jan 2

Takeshita Street was, of course, crowded to the max as well:

SO great were the crowds out that day, that as I was waiting for the Yamanote line train back to Shinjuku, a very strange thing happened: the  trains stopped to let people OFF on the other side, but wouldn’t let people ON.  This just doesn’t happen on a normal day, no matter how busy. Two trains passed in this way, and I despaired of ever getting home, when a third train finally arrived and actually opened its doors to the ravening hordes. PHEW!

KERA magazine – Japanese gothic punk style. KERA iPhone app.

How could I not love this clip? It features some of my favourite KERA magazine models Re:NO, Lancer Bee and Akira, about models who are also in bands.

It also features so many of the gothic/punk labels I love, and own items from: Peace Now & Black Peace Now, Sex Pot Revenge, Algonquins, Sexy Dynamite London, Stigmata, Banana Fish (see my fave Banana Fish dress here, and a bit about the Shimokita Banana Fish store here)…. even gal label GladNews gets a look in.

Sex Pot Revenge celebrates its 10th anniversary all June, as does Banana Fish – congrats to these great labels! Although, sadly, Banana Fish on June 9th ceased trading and is no more – sob 🙁  
Back to the video.  I have the skull ring that is in the clip at 4:17 and love them (I have one in black and one in green).   I also love the coloured hair you see in the vid – pink, blue, red, purple. But onto the clip itself – you wanna see, right?


Thanks to Bite Hard blog for alerting me to this great little vid. It really takes you back to Tokyo and its fashion, when you can’t otherwise be there 🙂

And did you know, there’s even a KERA iPhone app! Volumes 1, 2 and 3 are available, for when you just “have” to get a dose of gothic lolita fashion, while you’re on the way to work, school or shopping.

In older news, here’s a short vid of Aya Kamiki at a KERA magazine shoot back in 08,  (copyright is owned by GIZA Studio and KERA)


And finally, scans from June 2010 KERA (I’m not fond of the music track on it, so recommend the mute button!)


You can also find current scans of the June issues of other magazines: Egg, Loveberry, Cutie, Cawaii (from 09), Scawaii, Popteen, PopSister and Zipper, if you’re more into gal style.


Electric Alice – lolita, hime and fairy kei fashion coming to Australia

Attention all aussie lovers of  Gothic Lolita, Sweet Lolita, Hime Gyaru,
Fairy-kei or Mori Girl style.

There is a new webstore Electric Alice, bringing to Australia the famous Harajuku, Shibuya and Shinjuku brands your little hearts have been waiting for!

Labels such as 6% Doki Doki, Swimmer, Wonder Rocket, Black Peace Now, Dangerous Nude, Care Bears, Chocomint, Dangerous Nude and Metamorphose are winging our way as we speak, with Milk coming on board in May. I don’t know about you, but I’m excited about it!!

I’ll let owners Imogen and Nina explain it to you (seen below in Harajuku):

Electric Alice is a concept store dedicated to bringing hand-selected Japanese clothing and accessories to Australia and translating them into coordinates that work for Australians. Whether you’re into mixing a few quirky pieces with your regular wardrobe or are inspired by entire coordinated looks, we’d love to help.

You should head over to Electric Alice, as in addition to the fantastic blog and online shopping (going live any day now), there is a great section called “Style Guides” which describes each look in a nutshell, and gives a few ideas for achieving the look.

You can also check out Electric Alice at their Facebook page, Livejournal, MySpace, and on YouTube.

Electric Alice has just received its first shipment of clothing and accessories – so let the shopping commence!