Dolly Kei style printed tights by Celeste Stein

This post I will focus solely on tights in floral, paisley, cherub and other dolly kei type designs. (See also my post on Dolly Kei ebay finds)

Here are some looks as worn by the Grimoire girls; the last one I took at the Virgin Mary store (she’s wearing Vivienne Westwood thigh highs)

   

I discovered a US company that has an amazing variety of designs, and in a great range of specifications as well. If you can’t find something you want here, there’s no hope for you. Many of them I find will work well into a dolly kei wardrobe, depending on how you co-ordinate, of course.

Celeste Stein

To start, you can choose to have your fave design printed on tights, leggings, thigh highs, trouser socks, or even scarves or car mats! Even just within one category, such as tights, you can choose from sheer tight, lycra tight, nylon tight, lurex tight, fishnet tight, or solid nylon/spandex tight. Phew!

But where they really come into their own is the huuuuuuuuuge range of designs offered. You can choose from categories, such as floral, paisleys, angels, or by colour…or just go exploring. While many of the ones I’ve chosen are quite “busy”, remember in sheerer stockings and fishnets, the impact will be reduced for a more subtle effect.

Angel/Cherub Designs

Angel Tapestry                            Natural Angel                           First Kiss                  Heaven

     

Renaissance or medieval themes:

Spring                                   the Creation of Adam                    Mideval (sic)

   

Tapestry designs

   

Insects

white butterflies                                yellow bugs                                 pink sandy

   

Florals

                      Blue Bonnet                                     Granny Wall                              Sonjia

   

These are lace florals in colours Bashe, Yellow & Lilac (there are other colours too)

   

Lace & Rose design in tan, pink & white (more colours available)

   

Lace design tights in rouge, red and midnight tones

   

One of my favourite designs is the Stained Glass Lace series, which is like battenburg lace

   

Floral medallions in blue, pink and white

   

Paisleys

Rose Paisleys in cream, peach and blue

   

There are also more traditional paisleys and psychedelic ones.

And finally, some miscellaneous ones I liked:

       

There are also animal print designs, orientals, modern abstract, pin-up/Vintage looks, spots, stripes, psychedelic designs….you’re just gonna have to have a peek yourself. Oh, and check out her couture designs too.

Do you like any of the above? Do you know of any good sources for floral, lace and dolly kei patterned tights?

Sweet Streets hits Tokyo!

In a spooky doubling-back-on-itself kind of move, Sweet Streets, which is an LA art movement inspired by Tokyo Street fashion, will be exhibiting in Tokyo!

Caro of blog Hi Hi Caro! curated 2 exhibtions at Gallery Nucleus, where the art was inspired by Japanese, and especially Harajuku, street fashion. Sweet Streets 2 ran from September 11, 2010 – October 4, 2010 and included a fashion event called the Harajuku Kawaii Experience, in association with 6%dokidoki.  Here fans got a chance to meet and discuss Japanese kawaii fashion with 6%DOKIDOKI founder Sebastian Masuda and shopgirls Yuka and Vani!

A great article on the event, and interview with Caro is here. Artists involved in the works included Eimi, Shibuya Girls Pop and the Chicks Riot group (check the links!)

Well, now Sweet Streets is taking it back to the place of inspiration – Tokyo! Here Caro tells us in the Sweet Streets blog in her own words:

Earlier this week, i received a humbling offer to curate a select exhibition of “sweet streets” artwork at lovlies laboratory, aka lov-lab.  Lov-lab is located in the heart of Harajuku, japan above the 6%dokidoki shop.  “Sweet streets tokyo” will feature several artists- akira ebihara, bwana spoons, eimi, kayo tamaishi, marie, misa tsutsui, nico, and tammy- in a short and sweet version of the los angeles show.  Many have already inquired about the possibility of another tokyo exhibiton.  Yes, we are also discussing a larger exhibit for the near future. For now, please stop by and enjoy the art if you are in tokyo on november 15th & 16th.  I am honored by this amazing opportunity presented to me by 6%dokidoki! thank you!

So, if you’re in Tokyo next week you can see it for yourself! For others like me, we’ll just have to wait til the BIG exhibition is announced, and hope we can get to Tokyo in time to see that one.

Tokyo fashion posts on The Fashionate Traveller

I finally put up a page with links to my posts on Japanese gothic, lolita, dolly kei, punk, gyaru and street fashion (well, Tokyo mostly), and thought I’d post it as well. It’s a work in progress, and I’ve probably missed a few articles, but here is the list thus far:

Japanese fashion: labels, designers, events & stores

* Alamode Market

* Ales Wigs & Extensions

Algonquins
* Algonquins Shinjuku
* Algonquins skirt (outfit post)
* Algonquins skirt to meet Violet (outfit post)

Alice Auaa
* Alice Auaa – exquisite gothic lolita fashion
* Alice Auaa and other gauzy cobweb fabrics

Ann Vanilla
* Ann Vanilla bolero

Atelier Pierrot
* Atelier Pierrot shopping sites
* Atelier Boz & Black Peace Now collaboration

Banana Fish
* Banana Fish Shimokitazawa store
* Banana Fish tulle skirt (outfit post)

* Bunka Fashion College Shinjuku – graduate accessories exhibition

Electric Alice
* Electric Alice webstore
* Electric Alice at Glebe Markets

Fan Plus Friend
* Gothic Aristocrat Cancan outfit

* Fashion’s Night Out in Tokyo

Hellcat Punks
* Hellcat Punks in La Foret

h. Naoto (Peace Now, Black Peace Now etc)
* Naoto collection for Goth night 28/29th August 2010
* Black Peace Now & Atelier Boz collaboration
* BPN skirt from Electric Alice (outfit post)
* BPN skirt at Lunarmorph (outfit post)
* BPN outfit to have tea with Violet
* BPN skirt with Romance Was Born Jacket

Kikirara Shoten/Dangerous Nude
* Kikirara Shoten store in Shibuya
* Visiting Kiki for interview
* Dangerous Nude corset (outfit post)

Lip Service (Japan)
* Lip Service SS 2010

Marui One
* Marui One Shinjuku 2009
* Marui One sale
* Halloween at Marui One
* Marui One first visit

* Merry Go Land

*Miss Me, Omotesando Hills

Nude n’ Rude
* Nude n’ Rude goth punk store in Koenji
* Nude n’ Rude turns 1

Putumayo
* Putumayo Harajuku

* Reem Alasadi Fashion Week Tokyo Feb 10

Sex Pot Revenge
* Sex Pot Revenge SS Range 2010
* Sex Pot Revenge blue leopard pants outfit post

Shibuya 109 (gal style)
* Shibuya 109 first visit March 10 – TutuHA, Flag J, Lip Service etc
* Shibuya 109 April 10

Takuya Angel
* Takuya Angel store
* Takuya Angel Harajuku Lash style
* Celebrating Hanabi with Takuya Angel

* Tokyo fashion shopping general – BPN, Alice Auaa, Algonquins, Sex Pot Revenge, Banana Fish, Ozz Croce, Qutie Frash

* Tokyo Fashion Week highlights Oct 2009 – FurFur, Monotari Ono, Yukiko Hanai, Aguri Sagamori, GVGV etc

* Tokyo Shoe Haul

Tokyo Rebel
* Tokyo Rebel roundup

* Yamanote Line Fashion – street fashion in diff suburbs on the Yamanote line

Yosuke USA
*Yosuke in Marui One
* Fab platform boots from Yosuke
* Autumn sale at Rakuten

Vintage, Dolly Kei and Cult Party Kei
* Cabaret
* Grimoire online shop
* Grimoire and Tarock at Merry Go Land
* Nude Trump
* Rosy Baroque
* The Virgin Mary, Tarock with Ricco, and Grimoire
* My attempt at Dolly Kei (outfit post)

Japanese Street Fashion websites etc
* Ridsnap and Filmdancer
* Tokyo Kawaii TV

Harajuku general
* Harajuku Street fashion – cool boys & a few girls
* Saturday arvo walk through Harajuku
* Harajuku Sunday afternoon – lolitas, cosplayers, Elvises & me
* Meeting Adam Lambert in Harajuku
* Harajuku first visit ever

Kera Magazine
* Kera magazine Sept 10
* Kera magazine, models & iphone app

Dolly Kei outfit

I decided I wanted to try a Dolly Kei outfit (or 2) based on the skirt I bought in Grimoire recently.

I constantly marvel at how Hitomi, Kaori, Heri etc, seem to effortlessly build their layered outfits to such great effect. At fashion events I’ve attended, you can easily see other Dolly Kei girls too – there really is a recognisable style. But being able to recognise it, is way easier than being able to duplicate it. Here goes….

Here’s how I got the look, step-by-step:

1.  I put on the skirt (in black with pinks & mustard tones), and paired it with a Perri Cutten blouse in a central asian paisley print.
2. Then I added a gold fabric wrap belt, embellished with beads and sequins, as well as a camel coloured fur gilet.

 

3. Next I added a light scarf in paisley (again) in similar tones, as well as gold fringing.
4. Then I placed the all-important tassels around my neck, along with a beetle encased in resin as a necklace.

 

Some more detail shots – such colours, pattern, textures!!

 

5. Not having any floral tights, I merely added flesh coloured fishnets, and orange shoes to pick up on the warm tones.

 

As a finishing touch, I wore the floral brooch/headpiece I also bought at Grimoire. I tried on my dark blood-red coloured velvet cape from Virgin Mary, but think it may be a bit dark – what do you think?

 

I then tried on a grey-flecked fake fur throw around my shoulders:

 

I wanted to try something I could wear in the warmer months, with some layering but still cool, so put on a sleeveless chiffon paisley print tank top in reds & oranges, and took off the fur:

 

 

And of course I had to have gyaru/dolly lashes and make-up (like the orange Lime Crime lipstick, also used as blusher), as well as my fave G&G BT circle lenses in aqua.

 

There are a few typical DK items I missed in my outfit – can you pick what they are? What would you have added to this outfit – or taken away?

The Virgin Mary store in Harajuku – Cult Party Kei

Thursday a month ago was a verrry busy day! Valerie from Tokyo Fashion & Art Factory and I met up to wander Shibuya and Harajuku, visit a few Dolly Kei stores, and later visit Kikirara Shoten and interview her.

First stop of the day was Tarock, which I mentioned in an earlier post, as they were one of the retailers involved in Merry Go Land. 

But what I was most excited to visit was The Virgin Mary, which is the new store that supercedes the infamous Cult Party from Koenji.

Indeed, Ari and Kyana and other Virgin Mary staff like to refer to the style as “Cult Party Kei” and not “Dolly Kei”. They are friends with the Grimoire staff so there’s no enmity; they just prefer their own term for their style.  At the front of the store is a mannequin showing some of that Cult Party Kei style, and as you round the corner to the doorway, you see the unmistakeable Virgin Mary crucifix. (Click on any of the images to see them larger and in more detail).

Above the counter is a shelf that also champions the motifs and mascots of the genre: unicorns and merry-go-round horses, victorian dollies and sweet kitties, and the ever-present crucifix.

Like Grimoire, Cabaret and other stores, the Virgin Mary is stuffed with artefacts from yesteryear; bunnies and dollheads chief amongst them.

There are also other toys and teddy bears thrown into the mix, with old prams, antique chairs and ubiquitous tassels.

Overall the store has a lighter, brighter feel than the others, with floors and shelves painted a milky white for a shabby chic finish.

But it’s the clothing you want to know about, right? There are lots of romantic floral prints, and more fun whimsical prints too such as spots and cherries and even gingham. Tutus and ballgowns hang beside cotton day dresses.

In amongst them are sublime velvet and lace creations, and I picked up a beautiful old blood-red (almost black) velvet stole or cape embellished with black venise lace and bugle beads. It works beautifully with my gothic outfits, and would also do so with aristocratic type dolly kei outfits.

Pleased with my purchase, I posed with Kyana, with all the delicate finery around us.

I really recommend this place for dolly kei or Cult Party kei vintage clothing, or just to drop in at marvel at the decor!

We rounded off the afternoon with a visit to Grimoire (see my earlier Grimoire blog post here). The girls Hitomi and Heri looked immaculate, and were sporting floral headbands. I purchased a floral brooch a few days later from their stand at Merry Go Land, so now I have my own headband! I bought a skirt that day from Grimoire – black with orange & red paisley designs with sequins – you’ll just have to wait to see it.

It was then time to bid farewell to Grimoire, and catch the train to Kikirara Shoten’s atelier for the interview – which was a saga in itself! More on that to come.