I would like people to email me submissions for my 12th (1 year anniversary) edition of the article next month! If you have any photos of you wearing any j fashion, please email your favourite along with your main blog address to firstname.lastname@example.org
The best ones will be featured in next month’s article so what are you waiting for?
Here is my 5th post for VKH. Some of the shop info is now a little outdated unfortunately. Message with any questions :) (getting ready to post up my 9th article later! ^^)
Amai Furiku? -The sweet freak’s guide to VK fashion
Another fun idea was to take a spin on the movies Beetlejuice and A Clockwork Orange (more suited for guys or androgynous girls);Click to full view
Other than those outfits, here are some of my other favourite Halloween-y items I have found recently (all items can be found on etsy);
These are outfits suitable for everyday wear, but could easily double up as Halloween outfits with the right hair, makeup and accessories.
For those who need a last minute makeup idea, try this tutorial I made just for you guys! Just a very quick and simple way of making good blood effects very easily!
On the note of Halloween, today we attended the annual Zombie Walk in our city. It was a little hectic, but fun. My makeup and outfit was heavily influenced by a mixture of sources including Ayumi;
and Blythe dolls;
Here I am!
Everyone, have a wonderful Halloween, and if you use my tutorial, please send photos!
Outfit photos taken from respective shops. All Japanese branded clothing shown, available from KERA shop.
Tutorial photos taken by Charles Shepherd.
Photos of Ayumi and the Blythe doll found on Google and are owned by the image creators.
This was my 4th post over at Visual Kei Heaven. It’s incredibly image heavy this time round! Please click images to see them enlarged.
-The sweet freak’s guide to VK fashion
Sorry for the delay of the article this month, but we wanted to bring you something extra special this month!
Again, it is very image heavy, but trust us, it’s worth it. Just click on any image to see it bigger.
On Sunday October 3rd, myself and Charles attended an event in London called Hyper Japan. It’s a new event, so we weren’t really sure what to expect. However, we set out to spend the day scouting for interesting people with great style!
Hyper Japan itself, wasn’t an event purely about fashion; there were many food stalls, stalls for help with travelling to Japan, movies and figurines too! However, first and foremost, we were there for the fashion and food.
As we walked in, we were handed nice carrier bags from the Japanese wig and hairpiece company, Loves Change. These bags most certainly came in handy!
The first group of people we stopped were these three cute girls wearing punk and lolita inspired oufits. They said their main inspirations were Japanese bands and lolita looks. The girl on the right had very pretty, elegant makeup, with doll like eyelashes. The girl on the left had slightly darker, heavier makeup to fit more with the punk-loli look. The young girl in the middle was wearing what could almost be seen as Spank! style clothing.
Next we saw an amazing couple of people. The guy had a green/yellow mowhawk and was wearing black and leopard print brotherl creepers. His outfit was very reminiscent of British 70’s punk style with a more refined edge. He said the main places he goes to shop are shops around Camden in London.
The girl with him had amazing thinly dreadlocked hair with a few dreads dyed blonde. She also shops a lot around Camden and she said her main influences are Victoriana, punk and of course, the Japanese. Here they are both pictured with Asahi beer just out of shot.
We also met a nice lady who had her hair a wonderful shade of orange, and cut into an undercut style. She wore a lot of black including some all black brothel creepers. She had 2 facial piercings in her lip; one in her top lip and one in her bottom lip which had black jewellery in them. She said she gains influence for her style from all over the place and that her favourite genre of music is electronic.
Next, from afar, I spotted this lovely girl wearing cosplay of Miyavi. We were very surprised to find that she had made the whole outfit herself! Her accessories included chains and a Sex Pot Revenge necklace, as well as the obligatory side-on baseball cap. She said her favourite singer is Takeru from SuG (“but he is harder to cosplay!”)
We also saw a friend of ours named Emilie. She was wearing a wonderful Victorian-esque ensemble including a fur gillet and an elaborate headpiece. Emilie is very into the elegant and aristocrat side of lolita. She was talking to me about how she was incredibly tempted buy a pair of Moi meme Moitie socks!
Finally, we met an absolutely wonderful lolita wearing Angelic Pretty. She wore a gorgeous pink wig with cascading curls which matched perfectly with her purple and pink dress. She said she has been interested in lolita for about 4 years. She always buys brand and often will buy it from “new auctions” on Yahoo Japan.
At the event, as well as the amazing visitors, there was an amazing guest; Misako Aoki!
For those who don’t know, Misako Aoki isthe Ambassador of Cute for Japan and is a regular model for magazines such as Kera.
She was wearing a cute pink JSK on Sunday with incredibly flawless, shiny and sparkly makeup.
On the stage, she was interviewed and she said that for the 3 days she had been in London, she had really enjoyed shopping in charity shops and she really liked how she found so many very fashionable dresses being sold there.
Here are some excerpts from her interview;
How is it to be a cute ambassador?
-“At the beginning, it was a big jump and there was lots of pressure on me. It is nice to bring lolita to the world, and I am really happy that I took this job and have now met lots of people around the world!”
When asked about co-ordinating lolita;
-“I love pink so I make sure to wear pink in my outfits everyday.”
Misako on “kawaii”;
-“Even in London, it is nice to see people using the word Kawaii! Cute has travelled!”
Also on the stage was UK lolita, Tania Tanzil. She is very beautiful and was also very eloquent in her answers on stage. She was wearing a dress from Baby the Stars Shine Bright’s sub-brand Alice and the Pirates. Her outfit had a much more goth-loli feel to it than Misako’s very pink, sweet lolita outfit.
Tania was asked if she likes tea parties and cake shops etc and what her favourite sorts of cake are. She answered that her favourites are definitely fresh pastries.
During the interview on the stage, the concept of Kera was discussed;
What is the concept of Kera?
-“The concept is for girls to choose their own style, enjoy this style and add their own cute elements.”
The day was wonderful, informative and everyone was so friendly and lovely! After this, as we were wondering around the venue, I saw Misako in the crowd ahead of me. I followed along and had my picture taken with her! She was very sweet and despite speaking very little English, she was very polite.
Later that day, I went back to the Kera stall to buy (yet more) issues of Kera. When I did, I was greeted by Misako! She had signed the issues I bought (she has a very cute signature!) and I felt so silly, I kept bowing slightly and repeating “ARIGATO!!”
They saw my hoodie and asked to look at it. I was wearing a Kuromi hoodie. As I turned around to show my back, I was met with adorable squeals from Misako of “AH KUROMI-SAN! KAWAIIIIII!!” They asked me if I had made it, and I felt rather embarrassed to say no! They asked where I bought it, so I told them Ebay, to which they all were saying “ahh sugoi!!” Again, I bowed slightly and must have said “arigato” about 5 times before saying bye.
Fashion magazine haul
I bought 4 back issues of Kera, 1 S Cawaii and 1 Koakuma Ageha
There is so much else to talk about, but I shall have to leave it here as the rest is not fashion based.
For now I will leave you with some of our other favourite shots from the day!
All photos taken by Charles Shepherd.
Except “magazine haul” photos by Ellen Wells.