Black Peace Now & Atelier Boz collaboration

Since we’re on the subject of Black Peace Now, there’s a new collaboration that will have EGA’s and cosplayers alike rejoicing.

Black Peace Now and Atelier Boz have a tie-in with Kuroshitsuji, so if you enjoyed the manga and now animated TV series, you can buy the fashion appearing in it!
I love the formal wear – but then, I do love Elegant Gothic Lolita and Elegant Gothic Aristocrat fashion generally. Below is the BPN×Kuroshitsuji Striped Ribbon Dress and the Atelier Boz×Kuroshitsuji Men’s Ciel Jacket.

If you like what you see, head to the Shinjuku Marui One Kuroshitsuji page for more.

Halloween Decorations in Tokyo Stores – Marui One, Tokyu Hands, La Foret

I am so pleased to have seen Tokyo in Halloween season – the department stores really embrace the season and make it a festive event. I mentioned Marui One in the last post – here’s a few pics of its shopfront. They DO love Tim Burton and the Nightmare Before Christmas 🙂

I had to drop into Tokyu Hands for some Halloween goodies, and just check out the latest stock. Tokyu Hands calls itself the Creative Life store, and is 8 floors of DIY and crafty goodness (and much, much more). Seriously, for just about any creative project you might undertake, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to materials.
I particularly like the fancy dress section which has amazingly realistic latex animal heads (see below), and also houses novelty electronic gadgets like side-marching cyber crabs and humping dog usb’s.

Here’s one of the displays I saw there. The witch revolved, and there were ghosts whoo-whooing, other spooks shrieking, and things dangling from the ceiling:

If you want to see and hear for yourself…

Meanwhile over at La Foret in Harajuku they weren’t too shabby either, with huge posters plastered on the sloped ceilings as you headed down to the “underground” more gothic/punk stores:

Yes, I did shop unashamedly. At the Hellcat Punks store in La Foret, they gave me a huge bag to carry away my purchases (which proved very handy for carry-on luggage on the flight home). Punksters, voodoo dolls, rockabilly babes will all love this store – there is so much leopard print, clothing with zombie and skull graphics, fab purses… Here’s the shop:
It’s a pity I won’t be in Tokyo for the night itself, but I DID get to two of the Halloween clubs there on Saturday night – Tokyo Decadance and Midnight Mess. Stay tuned….

The Tokyo Obsession

I have a confession to make. I know I’m not the only one to fall in love with Japan. But when I first visited last year, it was on a whim.

When I discovered I could escape from work for a week, somehow Tokyo came to mind, as many friends had been and raved about it. The Gothic and Lolita book had also intrigued me, with the fantastic creative fashions of the people within (some of whom I later met and hung out with).

If I’m honest with myself, it was for the fashion that I went. Is that shallow? I even booked my hotel in Shinjuku according to which was closest to Marui One, the department store with the top floors dedicated to all things dark and gothic.

I bought a heap of Kera magazines and Goth Lolita Bibles to prepare – well, you’ve got to be on top of these trends, don’t you?

I WASN’T prepared for the way the city grabbed my by the throat and shook the bejeesus outta me, making me feel alive and reckless and gasping and…in love. I walked down the main road of Shinjuku, my head swivelling around like a 5 year old’s, trying to take in the hundreds of neon signs and just whooping with joy (on the inside, you understand). And when I hit the shops! And the punk bars! And the goth clubs!! And tasted the FOOD!!! Well, more on these in later posts.

Back at my hotel, I marvelled as I padded in stockinged feet a few mere steps from my room to the vending machine for a nice cold Asahi. Yep, this is the life. I could get used to this. So used to it did I get, that I went back in March this year. And will now return in 2 weeks.

Yep, I will certainly be doing more shopping. But it is so much more than that for me now. So forgive me if, in the next 2 weeks, I obsess in these pages, just a little.