Coordinate 22

Aug 9, 2017

Another year, another Houston Japan Festival. The festival takes place every spring, the season also known as summer in Texas. I must be a masochist or something because I decided to wear full-blown gothic aristocrat outdoors.
I am uncertain why I still attend the festival because I absolutely detest driving to Hermann Park when it is crowded and I will definitely burst into flames when outside. My main priority for festivals is food, but every year the number and quality of food vendors dwindles, so there is really no reason for me to go anymore.

I arrived just in time to watch the fashion show and I was rather unimpressed with it since the MC was saying a lot of unnecessary commentary. I'll leave it at I hope they learn from their mistakes since it was their first time running a fashion show. I sat in the back, so my parasol wouldn't block anyone's view, so I didn't get any pictures of the show. There was a wide variety of different fashion styles such as fairy kei, kimono, lolita, ouji, and visual kei.


The key element of this outfit is shantung! I'm pretty sure half of my wardrobe is shantung at this point; I can't get enough of the stuff. Many thanks to Hina for taking photos for me.
Headdresses: Baby, the Stars Shine Bright Antoine Bouquet Head Bow, Closet Child feather clip
Ruff: Alice and the Pirates Grizabella Frill Detachable Collar
Blouse: Mille Noirs Georgette Blouse
Corset: Angelic Pretty Moonlit Night Castle Bustier
Skirt: Mille Noirs String Skirt
Glasses chain: Atelier Boz
The bustier and skirt surprisingly went together very well. I bought the bustier on impulse and was a bit worried the cut was too sweet, but I think it worked out in the end. Not that you can really see, but I'm wearing two half wigs which was an experiment. One half wig is the norm for me, but I was inspired by Myrreli to attempt larger hair. I placed a Cyperous piece on top of a Prisila one, but I still need some practice stacking and securing them because they kept sliding around.
After the festival, a group of friends and I attempted to go get some drinks, but the cafe we picked had just closed. They were really nice and gave us some free ice tea and allowed us to hang out in the front of their place for a few hours.
I like free stuff.
Then, I headed to dinner to meet up with Sora from NOLA since he was in town for a concert. I hadn't seen him in years!
 Also crepes. And food and friendship in general. 💖💖💖
We ate too much. Fun fact: I got a discount on the crepe because the cashier liked my outfit. Thank you, man, I liked my outfit, too. Rarely do I feel like a princess in lolita, but the long skirts of femme aristocrat make me feel extremely regal. It's a nice feeling. Definitely channeled some inner Hizaki and Kaya queen vibes that day. It was a pleasant day hanging out with friends I hadn't seen in awhile. Until next time!

MechaCon 2017 Japanese Fashion Programming Announcements: Round 2

Jul 25, 2017

MechaCon will be held in New Orleans, LA on July 28-30, 2017. The J-Fashion staff for MechaCon once again brings another year of exciting programming. Following up from MechaCon's fashion announcements part 1, here's the last of the announcements for MechaCon 2017. Model applications are now closed and tea party tickets are sold out since the con is just a few days away, but these last few announcements are some of the most exciting!

First up, galaxxxy will be the headlining brand in this year’s show!
☆✦☆ MechaCon 2017 J-Fashion Show ☆ galaxxxy ☆✦☆
galaxxxy is a Japanese fashion brand, influenced by a scattered virtual world of past and future music, anime, streetwear, and net culture. Founded in 2008 by Hiromi Kishii, galaxxxy has grown to be a beloved brand in the J-Fashion world, and has collaborated with some of the biggest names in music, anime, manga & video gaming. Now galaxxxy is spreading outside Japan, with the goal of sharing our fun, colorful, and energetic world with everyone across the globe!
galaxxxy: OHP | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Second, Baby Ponytail will be one of the featured brands in the fashion show along with having pieces for sale at the J-fashion booth in the dealer’s room.
☆✦☆ MechaCon 2017 J-Fashion ☆ Baby Ponytail ☆✦☆
Baby Ponytail is a British Lolita label that was founded in 2014. Inspired by the love for nature, fairy tales, baroque elements and antique porcelain dolls, the label trusts its own imagination to create clothes for girls with dreams.
Baby Ponytail: OHP | Facebook | Tumblr | Instagram

Third, Mossbadger will be another participating brands in this year’s show!
☆✦☆ MechaCon 2017 J-Fashion Show ☆ Mossbadger ☆✦☆
Mossbadger produces limited edition garments, accessories and textiles that are hand-silkscreened in Chicago and digitally printed by Spoonflower. Mossbadger's prints are influenced by symbology, folklore, history, and magic (and sometimes cats).
Mossbadger: OHP | Webshop | Facebook

Fourth, Minty Mix will be featured in the fashion show. Don’t be caught being a MintyMess! Local designer Kammie Pomeranian (MintyMix) will have handmade jewelry, cotton candy accessories, cosmic rings, and specialty wigs for sale at Artist Alley booth #310.
☆✦☆ MechaCon 2017 J-Fashion Show ☆ MintyMix & Kammie Pomeranian! ☆✦☆
Kammie Pomeranian is a cute culture advocate from New Orleans who finds creative outlet through her passion for everything cute. Her first Mechacon was the inauguration in 2005, and she has tabled in the Mechacon artist alley ever since! Starting with fluffy handmade hats, her brand Minty Mix has grown into a sugary, colorful wig and DIY accessories brand. She believes in encouraging others to be free to share their passions for the things they love through what they choose to wear, create, and collect. Her favorite mediums include sculpture, accessory designing, and small item photography.
New designs from Minty Mix will be showcased in the J-fashion show at Mechacon! Don't miss it!
MintyMix: OHP | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

The last few announcements will be remote vendors. You'll be able to see and buy their items at vendors booth TT.

First, introducing Voodooodolly!
☆✦☆ MechaCon 2017 J-Fashion ☆ vending announcement ☆✦☆
VooDoooDolly creates Gothic and Lolita accessories catering towards those with darker and more daring sensibilities. Some of the many themes and inspirations seen throughout Voodooodolly are dark folk magic, macabre curiosities, religious iconography, and fashion from times gone by. Each accessory is created by hand, one at a time with the upmost care for uniqueness and quality. Materials are sourced from local, recycle, and vintage resource to make sure that the impact of each piece maintains a responsible carbon footprint.

Established in 2011, VoodoooDolly has recently expanded into overseas fashion events and maintains product in the Japanese Lolita fashion store, Atelier Pierrot. Along with providing new and unique handmade items to the Lolita fashion community, VoodoooDolly has also started hosting panels and workshops at anime and j-fashion convention. these events have had very positive feedback from both attendees and the event hosts. Involvement with the fashion community through these events brings in business and appreciation from attendees.
Voodooodolly: OHP | Facebook | Instagram | Tumblr

Next, ATELIER PIERROT will be remote vending at MechaCon's J-fashion booth.
☆✦☆ MechaCon 2017 J-Fashion ☆ vending announcement ☆✦☆
ATELIER PIERROT is a Gothic Lolita brand. Their brand is characterized by flowing chiffon layers and prints of secret cats. ATELIER PIERROT creates and sells Classical Lolita and Elegant Gothic Lolita designs, with styles ranging from exquisite gothic tastes to elegant Rococo influence.
ATELIER PIERROT: OHP | Webshop | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Lastly, LISTEN FLAVOR stock will be available for purchase at booth TT in the Vendors Market.
☆✦☆ MechaCon 2017 J-Fashion ☆ vending announcement ☆✦☆
In 2006, LISTEN FLAVOR was created to deliver “Kawaii” to the girls around the world from Harajuku, where fashion conscious youth gather. Since then, the brand has been influenced and inspired by a variety of pop cultures surrounding Harajuku such as video games, animation, and manga. The brand’s “Kawaii” philosophy fused with pop culture finally has become its own unique fashion style. Now the brand has grown and is loved by fans of Japanese “Kawaii” culture around the world. Past collaborations include the Danganronpa series, SHOW BY ROCK!!, and various Sanrio characters.
LISTEN FLAVOR: OHP | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Wow, so many announcements, but it doesn't end there! You can check out the complete fashion programming and list of wonderful sponsors for the tea party on the MechaCon 2017 J-Fashion Programming News event page. The latest news and any last minute changes will be posted to the event page.

Sadly, I can't be at MechaCon in person, but it will definitely be a great weekend since I've seen the staff work incredibly hard to bring together such diverse programming. I look forward to seeing everyone's pictures!

MechaCon: OHP | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Google+ | YouTube | Reddit

How to Order from Antique beasT

Jul 19, 2017

Antique beasT is an Japanese indie gothic lolita brand mostly known for their iconic bat headdress and ero lolita length dresses. A-B is run solely by the designer Yuuki, so she only accepts a limited amount of orders. You will only be able to order when the shop opens approximately once every two months for a small window of a few hours/days. You can tell whether they are open or closed based on the front page banner. 

This guide is mainly applicable to those living outside of Japan. Shopping service not required. 

currently open
To stay updated on the shop's status, you can subscribe to the mail magazine. They will send an e-mail out one day before the shop opens.

Add items to the shopping cart. Once done, proceed to checkout.

Step 1. You can either login with an existing account, register and checkout, or register without creating an account. If you're still reading this tutorial, you'll most likely need either of the latter two options. Creating an account will save your address information if you decide to order again in the future.
I'm using an American address for reference.
  • For the phonetic name field, you can just type your name again. This field is mainly for names in languages that use characters (ex. Japanese, Chinese, etc.). If you'd like you can enter your name in katakana, but it's not necessary. 
  • For address lines, inputting your American address in the standard format (number, street, city, state, and zip code)  is fine. The parentheses is referencing the way Japanese addresses are formatted. For other countries, I advise to input the standard format for your country. There will be a comments box on the next page if you want to re-type the whole address again. 

Step 2. Make sure to select EMS for overseas in the second dropdown box. Their Q&A states they offer SAL, but you will have to contact them ahead of time about other shipping methods. In the comments box, you can add custom sizing notes. You can also type your address again if you want to ensure they get the correct format.

For custom sizing, AB will only adjust the bust and waist measurement by +/- 5 cm, however the shoulder width, sleeve length, and skirt length can be customized to any desired size. You can also request changes to the fabric, lace, and ribbon based on anything you see in their catalog. Additional fees are applicable to any changes you request.

Step 3. Select your payment method. International customers need to select credit card or Paypal. Your order will appear at the bottom of the page for confirmation.

Step 4. Your order, shipping address, payment method, and delivery method will be displayed for final confirmation.

Step 5. Once you reach step 5, you'll see this screen which means your order went through. They will send a confirmation e-mail in 24 hours.

If you selected Paypal as the payment method, Antique beasT will send an invoice in about 1-2 days. Once you receive and pay the invoice, Antique beasT will send another e-mail stating they received the payment and will start working on your items. The turnaround time is usually 1-1.5 months depending on how many orders they received. Once the items are ready, they will send you a final e-mail with the shipping confirmation and tracking number.

Happy shopping!

Antique beasT: OHP | Webshop