Atelier Pierrot – gothic lolita brand now has another English shopping website

I mentioned Atelier Boz in my recent post about the collaboration with Black Peace Now.  How could I not also showcase some of related brand Atelier Pierrot‘s latest styles?

For those who are new to AP, it is very classic, tailored, aristocratic, with ruffles and European rococo elements.

It has several stores – notably in La Foret, Harajuku,  and Shinsaibashi, Osaka (see La Carmina’s post) - which carry a variety of related labels:
Visible, Fairy wish, Chantilly, Triple fortune, Suppurate System, Juliette et Justine, Pina(sweet collection), ATELIER BOZ, Mary Magdalene, Victorian maiden, Alice garden, Snob, MARBLE, Miho Matsuda, Na+H, Liens, AN-TEN-NA and Doris.

Now in conjunction with Tenkai Japan, Atelier Pierrot can be bought outside of Japan, from a website in English (although there’s a Japanese webstore too). Here’s the TJ page for Atelier Pierrot info, and the Tenkai-Japan webstore for Atelier Pierrot.

I love the crinoline cage skirts myself, and would work them into an outfit either under or even over another skirt for a quirky look
Although these dresses are also top sellers:
This striped high-waisted bustle skirt is just too elegant for words
There’s even floral rose patterns for the hime princess types
I’m a huge fan of the tailored aristocratic looks as with this jacket, and again, anything striped:
I love the translation from their blog, “Try to enjoy a little pompous British trad jacket how is it? “
The Atelier Pierrot blog is a great resource for new items instore, as well as sales etc. See also the blogs for the Harajuku store, the  Osaka store, and the Utsonomiya store.

Tokyo Rebel in the US has been stocking Atelier Pierrot for over a year, so that’s a good place to shop if you’re in the US.

In other news, Japanese dark alternative band 6ft. down has a song ‘Fanatic for Rejection’ in which the vocalist Nao wears Atelier Pierrot. I like the sound, reminiscent of both Disturbed and Alice in Chains, but with a female singer. Take a look!

Can’t wait to get back there in just over a week and check out the latest syles instore! 

Harajuku store: 1-11-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

ラフォーレ原宿B1.5F B1.5F Laforet
Hours: 11:00 to 20:00

Electric Alice at Glebe Markets – Gothic Lolita comes to Glebe

Back in April, I posted about new blog, website and online store Electric Alice. Well, yesterday saw Electric Alice hitting Glebe Markets for the first time….and of course, I had to wander down and check it out!

Electric Alice brings fabulous Japanese lolita brands to Australia, including:

6% Doki Doki, Black Peace Now, Care Bears, Chocomint, Dangerous Nude, DelilaH, Metamorphose, Swimmer and Wonder Rocket. There’s gothic lolita, sweet lolita, hime, fruitsy and mori styles to choose from - click here if you want to start shopping now!

For those who like to see clothes in the flesh before you buy, now you can visit the Glebe Markets in Sydney’s inner west (just off Broadway) and get your loli fix as well.
I decided to go with fairly neutral make-up since it was daytime – and a brilliantly warm non-winter’s day of 18 degrees. I threw on my fave violet circle lenses too.

I wore my spotted skirt from Algonquins, a big EGL/Vivienne Westwood type crown necklace from Black Peace Now, a Dangerfield tuxedo jacket and my Cue wide corset belt. The jacket soon came off as it was such a scorcher of a day.

It took me a while to find the stall…but when I did, there was no doubt it was Electric Alice when I saw that eye-popping pink colour.  Finally I got to meet Imogen and Alice in person, and they are lovely! Check out the girls and the gorgeous store below:
Here I am with Imogen.
We talked about Japan, fashion, clubs and more..and hatched plans to bring more Japanese fashion to Sydney. Let the masses beware, muahahaha….
Although I originally went to buy a Dangerous Nude harlequin jacket, I spotted a beautiful Black Peace Now skirt in black tulle that was embroidered, embellished with ribbon roses and sequins, edged in lace and frothed up with layers of ruffles underneath. Superb!
I decided to wear it out that very night, so taken with my purchase was I. Pictures? Why yes of course…just wait for tomorrow’s post.

Plastikhaar sale!

I just wanted to let you know there’s a massive sale over at my favourite online fake hair and wigstore – Plastikhaar.

There are beautiful colours galore, as well as natural ones.
So what are you waiting for? Go and check out their mad sale!!!

Now, full wigs aren’t part of the sale, but they have so many beautiful ones, I just had to show you a few here, including lolita wigs, visual kei wigs, cyber geisha wigs and more:

and who could forget Plastikhaar’s awesome mohawk leopard wig!

Kokusyoku Sumire, Sachi and Yuka. Sumire No Tenmado

Two of the most recognisable faces in the Tokyo Gothic lolita scene are the duo who make up Kokusyoku Sumire, Sachi & Yuka.  If you don’t know them, allow me to introduce you.

Those who have the Gothic & Lolita book will certainly recognise them – they’re in it. But who are they and why are they famous?

Sachi plays violin and piano, while Yuka plays accordion and piano and sings. They perform, model, and run a lovely Lolita Bar in the Golden Gai, called Sumire No Tenmado. I’ve had the pleasure of visiting there and taking tea and cake several times – although the very first time I visited, they were away in Hollywood visiting Tim Burton on the set of Alice in Wonderland!  (But I found my fave punk bar, so it all worked out).

In April this year however, the bar was open and I attended with Valerie from Tokyo Fashion & Art Factory and Jim of Horror High School. (BTW, a great article on Valerie’s blog was in the Japan Times in June). We met some illustrators while we were there – it’s quite bohemian that way!

Next time I will plan ahead and get some good photos of the cafe so you can see how charming it is, with little replicas of cakes, dolls, beautiful artwork and lolita touches everywhere. Yuka serves up delicious home-made cakes and pies with sinful cream and ice-cream, (or hot food if you prefer!)

It really is a must-see for any lolita, or any lover of japanese lolita culture. However, it is so small you may have to wait for a while before you can sit down.  Sumire No Tenmado is open for afternoon tea from around 5pm or in the evening (bar time) from around 8pm. Weekends and holidays it is tea time all day, 12 – 8pm.

Intrigued? Visit the Kokusyoku Sumire website to find out more about them.

Their latest album just released is called Alice in the Underground (see below), again with fantastical stylings, and they toured Europe with it in May this year. You can read more about them and their performances in their blogs – Yuka’s blog, and Sachi’s blog.

They have sumptuous visuals, as you can see:
I love their quirky sound! It’s sort of Rococo Gypsy Lolita. Here is a video so you can hear what they sound like:

As I mentioned, Sumire No Tenmado is in the Golden Gai, and the map is here:

You take the eastern exit from Shinjuku Station, walk down Yasukuni Dori, and look for Mister Donut on the corner of Kuyakusho Dori.

Then take the little lane next to Mister Donut that leads to the Hanazono Shrine. This leads you to the Golden Gai area.  It’s the 2nd or 3rd lane, on the upper floor.  Look for the sign – you’ll have to look up to see it!

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Sumire No Tenmado
Kabukicho, Shinjuku 1-1-7-2F
Golden City Garden City Shinjuku third
03-3209-1204 03-3209-1204
Opening Hours:
Weekday / Saturday 16:30 to 23:30,
Sundays / Holidays 11:30 to 20:00
Ladies free, cover carge for gents.

Harajuku on a Sunday afternoon – lolitas, cosplayers, Elvises and me

I’ve been busy hitting the gigs and clubs and will do posts on these soon, but for now, here are some pics from my Sunday Harajuku visit.

Despite being a bit Harjuku’d out, I HAD to go and see the cosplayers on the bridge – and possibly the Elvises? Pity I left it a bit late in the afternoon, but there were still some fun people around. Like this sweet lolita.

Some of them like to put on a small show, strangling the tourists, hehe….
Others rested betweeen photo opportunities
Some westerners had come lolita’d up or in some cosplay costumes (as I did the first time I came, but can’t be bothered now!)
I also saw someone I knew from previous trips – Jim Mcgee, who was handing out flyers for his “Horror High School” series.  Go watch it; it’s funny :)
As someone who lives there, he knew the cosplayers and intro’d me round. I spent so much time chatting there, that just as I was leaving to catch the Elvises, they walked past, on their way home! DOH!

And now for a few more lolita types, cos you can never have too many…

She was actually being photographed, so I was cheeky and just piggy backed on there with my camera :)

And when it all gets a bit too much, there’s a place you can go…