Outfits for UTBM Festival Night

Just a few piccies to show what I wore on Saturday night for the Under the Blue Moon gig, as well as my husband’s spiffy attire!

No costumes needed for goths at clubs; we just dress up – but I did go more trad goth than I normally do.  I wore a blue-sequinned Takuya Angel embellishment on my upper cheek/lower lash for a bit of pizzazz, and Angelic Blue lenses from Clearly Contacts.

Fishtail skirt: Ozz Croce (japan)
Corset: Gallery Serpentine
Feather-trimmed gloves: ebay
Boots: Yosuke USA (Japan)
Black Cross Necklace: Black Peace Now (Japan)
Skull fascinator: Forever 21, adapted by me (I sewed the skull on)

Dom wore the skeleton mask I’d bought for him at Tokyu Hands earlier in the year, along with skelly gloves, and pants from Gallery Serpentine (not seen here).

This coming weekend sees a ska night on friday night, and a deathrock/goth night on Saturday…so more dressing up awaits. With a special guest visitor from Melbourne, SuperkawaiiMama!

Dolly Kei Grimoire, and Gothic Lolita Kikirara Shoten

This time 2 weeks ago I was still in Japan and had just completed an interview with Kikirara Shoten. Earlier in the day, I’d visited Grimoire, Virgin Mary and Tarock with Valerie of Alice et Peter Punk to catch up with the Dolly Kei scene and see what’s in store at the moment.

A little while ago I flirted with the idea of being one of the many aussie bloggers writing about the fashion scene here, dissecting the fashion weeks, upcoming designers etc (which I do a little bit) – but I realised it really is more my thing to focus on more obscure and subcultural designers, as well as fashion trends that are still not mainstream here. I have been very much influenced by gothic and other fashion trends from japan in particular, which is no secret, and the more I learn, the more there is to know and find out about!

When I was talking with Kikirara, she held up some cat fabric – yes really! There was this fabric with cats dressed as gents and ladies on it, and Kiki said she was inspired by whimsical prints like this, and she sought to make elegant sophisitcated clothing out of it, almost as a counterpoint to the print. She would make a Marie Antoinette courtiers gown, corset and hat out of such prints, following her muse. For me, following muses like her, Hirooka Naoto, the Grimoire girls and others, is MY inspiration. Hence, this blog. As I enter my second year of blogging next month, I want to keep true to that, and hopefully inspire others discovering the wonders of alternative fashion worldwide.

I was touched that Kiki wrote about me in her blog, and shared this pic of me – check it out! (Thanks to the Osaka Koneko for the link). I’m in her workroom and photographic studio, with those famous blue skies with clouds behind me.

Kiki wasn’t really aware how famous she and her label are overseas, and she seems to have been invigorated by the knowledge, to go on and do bigger and better things!!  As she is now bringing up a child, I can only wish her material success as well as the rich artistic success she already enjoys.

While talking to the Grimoire girls, and Marie, the PR and website co-ordinator for Grimoire, I realised they too are a little unaware of just how many communities and blogs are springing up about the Dolly Kei style, and how much they are influencing people far away from Japan. It’s exciting to see a new fashion flavour coming through and enriching our fashion culture, don’t you think? It is experiences like these that propel me forward and inspire me so much to share my perspective.

Above, I am with Kaori and Heri in the lovely Grimoire store – and yes, I bought a beautiful skirt while I was there! I also bought a gorgeous deep blood red velvet beaded cape from Virgin Mary earlier that day, so expect to see some Dolly Kei styling from me in the next few weeks :)

h.Naoto Goth Night

OH MY GOTH!!

I just discovered that when I first arrive in Tokyo, on the 28th and 29th August there are several h.Naoto fashion events being held in Harajuku. (For those who don’t know, Hirooka Naoto is the man behind Peace Now, Black Peace Now, Sixh, hEAVEN, Frill, Gramm, and so on and so on).

Sat 28th
Fashion Show 2pm Tickets 1000 yen (with drinks)
Night: Show 6.30pm tickets 2000 yen (drinks and meals)

Sunday 29th
Goth night movie and commentary by designer Hirooka. There seems to be a sitting at 2pm and one at 5pm, but not sure if they are the same show or different.

Tel: 03-3478-6466 hEAVEN Harajuku.

But how exciting!! I just have to get someone to get me tickets…

Singapore Goth Shops; lolita, goth and alternative happenings

Earlier this year I posted about the Singapore Goth store Alice 88th  – which bizarrely is one of my most-hit posts – until I realised it ranked number 2 when “Singapore Goth Shop” is googled (this post is now number 3 on Aus google).

Anyway, I thought it only fair to point out there are other gothic lolita fashion stores in Singapore, one of them being Black Alice.  Black Alice is the official distributor for the leading Japanese lolita fashion brands BABY, The Stars Shine Bright, Angelic Pretty, Innocent World and Putumayo.

 
Starting out at the Cathay on Handy Rd, Black Alice is now 100% a webstore. And it is currently having a 20% off sale, so get on in there if you love sweet lolita!

Black Alice also runs events such as tea parties from time to time, and coming up is a make-up workshop in connection with Majolica Majorca.  The workshop consists of a short introduction about the products followed by a makeup demonstration by Majolica Majorca trainers, before going on to a hands-on session for the participants.
I love that participants are encouraged to wear lolita style: whether Ouji, Aristo, Kodona, or sweet lolita, and in fact, it is dress coded.
Date: 25th Aug 2010, WednesdayTime: 7pm-10pm
Venue: Shiseido office Beauty Studio – 1 Grange Road #12-01 Orchard Building S (239693). 
It’s opposite Cineleisure, above the big California Fitness center.
Nearest Mrt Station: Somerset

For any more info, see Black Alice’s blog.

Tim Wong, owner of Black Alice, also runs My Import Store which is your one stop shop for cosplay clothing, merchandise and collectibles.

Tim is also the chairman of EOY, an annual Japanese cross-cultural event that showcases the talents of individuals in the community, in areas such as: Cosplay, Anime, Comics, Art & Photography, Gothic, Lolita & Punk Fashion, vocals & dance. It’s not until Sunday, 12 December,  but mark it in your diaries if you’re Singaporean or will be in SG then and love cosplay.

Coming up before that, Mikuni Shimokawa, famed for her renditions of theme songs from Full Metal Panic, is holding a 2-hour LIVE concert & a handshaking session with fans on Sunday 22 August @ Movida, St James Power Station, also in Singapore.

So there’s a lot going on in Singapore for lovers of Japanese pop culture.

Another gothic shop – well 2 to be precise – is Haru and  Haru Goth.
Established in 2005, Haru & Haru Goth specialise in Lolita, Punk, EGA/EGL, Decora, Hime (Princess style), Yukata, Japanese school uniform and casual streetwear. Haru Goth, which opened in 2008, carries the darker gothic and punk wear, and items such as new Rock Boots. Isn’t the store gorgeous? Red and black decor, elegant chandeliers, lots of Hangry n Angry dolls, baroque mirrors – just exquisite.
You’ll find brands like h.Naoto/Peace Now/Black Peace Now, Putumayo, Sexpot Revenge, Sexy Dynamite London, Super Lovers, Hellcat Punks, Hiderock, Moi Meme Moitie, Stigmata and much much more – see their Facebook page for the entire listing. Oh, and if you’re after wigs, cosplay items and comics or even Calpis (!), they have those too.  They also hold events such as workshops with high tea, fashion shows etc, and just featured in a Visual Kei episode on Sony Style TV Season 4, on the AXN Channel: check it out here. How exciting!
Haru Goth
Far East Plaza #03-42 (Shop 6)
14 Scotts Road, Singapore 228213

New store:
SCAPE: #02-31
Orchard Link Singapore 237978
Tel : 6634 8958

Facebook: Haru House
Twitter: Haru House

For those more into the Industrial and gothic scene in Singapore, bookmark the Singapore Dark Alternative Movement site – there is a wealth of information on music, clubs, fashion, lifestyle and photos from the regular club Heart of Darkness.

I visited HOD back in April – see my post on club Heart of Darkness here – it was the friendliest goth night I’ve ever been to. I recommend it to anyone paying Singapore a visit.

The next HOD is:-
When:  4 September @ 9pm
Where: F1 goth theme “Black Circuit”
Music: EBM, Industrial, Future Pop, aggrothech
How much: S$25

From the SDAM site, an upcoming event this weekend is Strobe Like a Butterfly:

 
Strobe like a Butterfly is a visual and musical study of the industrial music movement of the 80s and 90s.  And it’s FREE!
Substation’s Address: 45 Armenian Street
Time: 8pm
Date: 23rd August 2010

Melodic Goth Metal band Age of Sinfonia will be playing at the Singapore Youth Olympics August 21st and also the week following at the launch of Kalodin’s new album.
What: Kalodin album launch.
When: Saturday, 28 August  4:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Where: Tanglin Community Club, 245 Whitley Road Singapore 297829
For more news in the dark alternative scene globally and in Singapore:
· SDAM Official webpage and forum 
· Twitter – TheSDAM

And also check out Dalsix’s blog, for more of the same. He writes voraciously for SDAM and has his finger on the pulse of all types of music, be it goth, metal, industrial, or punk, introducing bands like the Misfit Ramones. They’re hilarious, btw, with songs like “Do You Want Birdshit (on your hair)?” and “Your breasts are big (I’m gonna sue you)”

Mark Koh aka Saito has written a really informative article on the Singapore goth scene (back in 2007) – Goth with a suntan - give it a read. These videos on Singapore Goths are likewise well worth a watch.

So there’s plenty going on in the punk, metal and goth departments too!

Finally, a great resource for upcoming events, announcements etc is SG Cafe - there are forums, groups, galleries, inks to blogs and more.

You can find out, for example, that October is spooky month at the Night Safari, and spooky tales of asian horrors await you every Friday and Saturday night right up til Halloween. Or that the AFA X Anime Festival Asia is happening on 13th-14th November at the Suntec City Convention and Exhibition Hall.

I’m definitely going to check out these resources before I next hit Singapore, to make sure I miss nothing!

Tokyo Clubs & Events August 27th to September 4th

I always start to plan my nightlife soon after booking my flight, and this is what’s coming up in my next jaunt.

(If you’ve just started reading, I go to Japan twice a year to soak up the culture, check the gothic fashion, sample the food and nightlife, and catch up with old and new friends).

August 27th – Gothic Bar Heaven

Run by D’s Valentine, it’s one of those clubs where there are very few foreigners, so while it can be a little more daunting than, say Midnight Mess or Decadance, it definitely is authentic, by Japanese for Japanese.
Something I’ll miss the fortnight before, but sounds great is the Artism Festa – a 2 day extravaganza bringing together the people and sounds of all the various artism nights – Gothic Bar Heaven, Classic Alamode, Decora Alamode, Tokyo Cyber Monster and Club Theatic. Bands include GPKism, Calmando Qual, Suicide Ali, Velvet Eden, Iruma Rioka and the Cabinets!! (The Cabinets are a punk band with a sweet lolita as their singer)
The latest Alamode magazine no 7 is also out – must grab a copy while I’m there:
Check out GBH and the other clubs, events and publications at artism.jp
August 28th – Grim Rock Stomp
GRIM ROCK STOMP Vol.4 “HOLE”

Featuring the bands: GRAIS, CRACKS, THE PRISONER, and my fave +13th MOON+ (Singer Nao)

DJ’s:
DJ/MIYAKAWA(THE PSYCLOCKS),BAKABILLY,MASUMI(Dr.Martens)
 

And at the very end…

4th September all Punk festival - Shibuya Crash
as mentioned in this post.

4th September – Tokyo Dark Castle

And then on the Sunday I’ll be packing and heading back to Oz. In between these though, be sure I’ll be shopping (and checking out the latest trends), hitting some hotspots, interviewing some designers and bands and generally finding out what’s happening in the Tokyo alternative scene right now. As I always say, stay tuned!
What places would you go, if you visited Tokyo in the next few weeks? What would you like to see me cover in the blog?