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Changing your look with contacts – Korean Circle Lenses. Violet DollyEye lenses.

I love changing my look (no surprise there), and I love it when I discover a new way to change my appearance.

Now, I’ve been wearing contact lenses for I-don’t-know-how-many-years, and as soon as I was aware of coloured ones I started wearing them. Blue, aqua, green, violet; I tried them all. Then when I got into the alternative subculture I discovered Wild Eyes and Crazy Lenses and started wearing those, with Devil’s Eyes being my first. (I may just do a few posts showing the various ones I’ve worn over the years).

The latest craze I’m only just getting into is Korean eye-enlarging circle lenses. They’ve been around a while, but since I’m not in the Gyaru scene I was slow to catch on.

Circle lenses feature heavily in the japanese Gyaru mags Popteen and Ageha (but as I don’t read these I’ve been behind on the trend).

However, I started seeing doll-eyed girls in goth-punk lolita mags I read like Kera. I knew there was something cool but artificial looking about them, and I knew they were coloured lenses, but I didn’t know they were lenses formulated specifically to make your eyes look bigger.

In some cases, the actual diameter of the lens is bigger than normal, and a black ring around the outside also makes the iris look bigger. Intriguing!

Since I’ve become fascinated with this trend, I’ve looked through blogs (like Chaigyaru and Xiaxue) and Youtube posts and seen how the lenses look on asian girls – but there’s not many pics of caucasian girls wearing them. The best source I’ve found is the soompi circle lens photobucket page.

I ordered a batch of different ones in my fave colours of blue, green and violet, from Pinky Paradise – and got them yesterday! So exciting 🙂

The first pair I wore out are the Dolly Eye lenses in Violet. Here is a pic of the lens from the Pinky Paradise website:

And this is how they look on me – photos were taken with flash on; no photo editing, just cropped.
But first, eyes without lenses.
Now, one in and one out
Now obviously up close they look fake as all get out, and you can see that they aren’t quite centred on my pupil. However, from further away they look more natural. Here I am with some fellow coloured lens gals.

And while I’m camwhoring, here’s my Purpur outfit that I wore to the club (earlier Purpur post here). I forgot my military cap tho – doh!

But back to the lenses. They were fairly comfortable compared to some others that I’ve worn – but as these are the first circle lenses I’ve tried, I can’t compare them as yet to other circle lenses. I wore them for around 8 hours, and they were fine apart from occasional eye watering in the air-conditioned club.

I think they probably look better on dark brown eyes, as there is a big non-coloured section in the middle to make the pupil look bigger – but this doesn’t work if you have pale eyes like me. And close up you can tell if the lens is
n’t centred on the pupil. Nonetheless, it made my eyes look pretty, so I’m happy with that.

To see more people wearing these lenses, see the Dolly Eye Violet page in the Soompi photobucket album.

I’ll be comparing these shortly to 2 other Violet lenses I ordered, the Barbie Big Size and the G&G; BT02.

PURPUR. Hot new Australian alternative fashion

My outfit for Halloween day, when I ventured down to Enmore and visited all the goth shops, was based around a gorgeous matching Purpur skirt and military cap I purchased recently. To the skirt I added a Lip Service top, a Surgeon-X claw-studded PVC collar, short tie, striped armwarmers and white and black Raben boots. The outfit:

In the store In Visible Light, one guy obviously thought I was going for an air-hostess look, as he said to me “I’d fly more often, if more of the hostesses looked like you!”. It took a few moments for me to get it, as I thought I was just dressing with military panache.

Purpur is a very exciting new label from Melbourne, that I first discovered at Circa Nocturna, the alternative fashion show. As I wrote in Fiend fashion news back in June:

“Purpur Fashion was one of the standout contenders at Circa Nocturna earlier in the year. Purpur is a custom dressmaking studio specialising in gothic and fetish clothing in PVC and textiles. The cyber-military and geisha looks are breathtaking, although there is a wide range of other styles available too, and customising means you can have something made that’s truly unique”.

Since then, there has been an underground swell and Purpur is becoming a sought after label. Now stocked in Sydney by House of Fetish and Cabinet des Curiosities, Purpur was seen on quite a few of the stylish guys and girls at Under the Blue Moon.

And some of the cyber Geisha styles:

And non-pvc items for non-goths and non-fetish people:

Kate Musina (the founder) began Purpur in Moscow in 2003, catering for actors, musicians, goths, fetish models, freaks, queers, flakes and many others. They spread the word about Kate and soon she became one of the well-known Russian alternative fashion creators.  She has now relocated to Melbourne, and her designs are available at Peril Underground and VNV Boutique.
Her latest collection “Total Control” is inspired by 1930s military propaganda films and Soviet science fiction, and items are in limited supply at the 4 stores mentioned. I’ve nabbed the skirt, jacket and hat, what about you?  Here’s a peek at what you’re missing:
EDIT:  I just bought the jacket from the first picture of the fashion show above – squeee! However, there will be no pics as yet, as I’m such a shortass, I have to get the sleeves shortened before I can wear it. Good things come to those who wait and all that…