Palace of Princes Nightfall Video Coverage

Nov 15, 2015

Nightfall took place on April 2, 2015 at The Crystal Ballroom in Houston, TX. It was my first time participating in the organization of a large-scale Japanese fashion event! My phone was being used for some important matters, so I don't have any media of my own, but fortunately, you can see how it turned out in these videos:

First, we have the official videos from the wonderful Deerstalker Pictures from Australia. This was their first time in America and it was very interesting to see them at work!






Second, the lovely sponsor Lolita Snaps Magazine from Mexico also covered the event.






Lastly, some footage from our attendees: KawaiiLIFE and Twootie.





In the Media: Monster Musume ft. Boz

Sep 28, 2015

Monster Musume, other known as Everyday Life with Monster Girls, is a mature harem genre anime and manga series. Basically, the protagonist ends up hosting a bunch of half human, half animal/mystical creature ladies in his house in a NSFW manner.

One of the characters is Mero the mermaid. Mero wears "gothic lolita." Clearly this isn't lolita, but the inspiration is there as you can see with the headdress and the stereotypical anime black and white combo.
I ended watching all 12 episodes of the tv anime looking for this scene, but a friend pointed out that it's actually in one of the animated short specials. In Monster Musume Almost Daily Life Special Issue 5, Mero is seen shopping for clothes on her tablet.
Those two pieces are actually real Atelier Boz dresses! The first one is Boz's Zeno Dean Jacket OP and the second one is Ralfe OP
It's one of the last places I'd ever expect to find Boz, but it's a pleasant surprise. The show is alright though and the mermaid girl did end up being my favorite. There's nothing else lolita-related in the show, so I wouldn't recommend Monster Musume if you're looking for a lolita anime.

Coordinate 01: Anime Fest 2015

Sep 22, 2015


Normally, I don't get to travel out of town, but with fortunate circumstances I attended Anime Fest in Dallas for a day. It was very relaxing since I didn't have any responsibilities to worry about and I met up with some friends. It was also very cold.

This outfit's theme was "Final Fantasy goth." I took some inspiration from the Na+H shop staff and Paine from FFX-2 with the help of grimy13 and here's what we came up with:


Outfit Rundown
Blouse: Na+H
Pants: Na+H Warrior shorts (cotton-poly version)
Socks: Angelic Pretty Moon Night Theater OTKs
Shoes: Vivienne Westwood x Melissa Temptation
Accessories: ShojoMonsta frame clips, Na+H Warrior long gloves, Aetherlund Bat Cuff, Automatic Honey Royal Heart necklace, Listen Flavor ShinganCrimsonZ button, forever21 belt

Now for some troubles with this coord. Unfortunately, I discovered the shoes were too small for comfort with socks, so I'm going to sell them on lacemarket eventually. I had packed up my makeup brushes and they were ready to go in my bag, but I still forgot them at home. The button on my pants doesn't match anything, but I forgot to take it off for photos (must wear that anime merch at an anime con!). Despite all the troubles, it was a very cool coord to wear! It's still way too hot for ouji here, so I've been very lazy to dress nicely.

P.S. I am trying a numbering system for my coords, so I can keep track of them easier, so don't mind my title starting at 1.

Putumayo 2015 Summer Lucky Pack Opening

Jul 14, 2015



While writing up the summer sales post, I was browsing KERA Shop and saw they listed a announced a few summer lucky packs. Normally, I avoid random-type lucky packs because I usually have bad luck, but I've liked a majority of items Putumayo had released in the last year. KERA Shop does not ship internationally, so I used my usual shopping service. The retail price of the lucky pack is ¥10,800 (tax included) with the option of a girlish or boyish pack. The advertised retail value of the contents is at least ¥30,000. 

FromJapan had already put everything in clear bags, so I didn't get to experience the entire surprise factor. I received five items (six if you count the bag): 3 cutsews, 1 bolero, and 1 pair of pants. 


The bag is made of a cheap plastic that crinkles, but I wasn't expecting much from an inexpensive lucky pack. It will go nicely in my giant pile of brand shopping bags.
Item 1: Alice in Wonderland themed tank top (33320081)
This was the only item I will sell since I don't like the color. Other than that, there's not much to say; it's a tank top.

Item 2: Make Your Only Warren!! Tee (43240041)
It features one of Putumayo's mascots Warren. It's very wide and long and that's my favorite shade of blue.

Item 3: AMNESIA collaboration Badge Pattern Tee (34240121)
I was very surprised to get this! Collaboration items are some of my favorite items and I actually watched AMNESIA because of Putumayo. This shade of blue is also one of my favorites.

Item 4: Insignia Short Jacket (43240062)
Boleros are my favorite kind of items from Putumayo, so I am excited I received this as well. Their boleros are super comfortable and I can wear them casually or fancily. 


Item 5: Carousel 2-Way Pants (43240034)
I've been on a secret khaki quest lately and I've been looking for the right khaki pants for a few weeks. The border print can be exposed if the cuff is unfolded which is pretty neat.

Total retail value: ¥38,490

Overall, I am pleased with what I received! Having the option between girly style and boyish style eliminated the chance of items I didn't want. I definitely want to buy another lucky pack next season. If you're feeling lucky, both styles are still in stock.

#onlyatAM Behind the Scenes: The Tale of Buttcape

Jun 19, 2015

The "E" of LACE: Exploitation. While LACE is a whole different can of worms, the formation of the acronym reminded me of unfortunate events that happened over 6 months ago. I call it John Trauma. Like seriously, sometimes he shows up in my nightmares. Every time I see a bald head in the distance, I get shivers down my spine. I've been planning on posting this for months, but every time I looked at it, it made me mad, so I never finished it. But certain events popped up and motivated me to complete it, so here we go.

Anime Matsuri (AM) is an anime and Japanese culture convention based in Houston, TX that attracts a lot of lolita attention because of the amount of high profile guests they invite. I had a pretty okay experience with Anime Matsuri until they did some stupid things to me. I am writing out my experience in order to put the truth out there. I am not looking for pity or sympathy, but warning whoever decides to become involved with them. I stayed silent for various reasons, but now I can finally move on.


AatP's Swan's Feathers Series

May 30, 2015

Swan's Feathers is an upcoming release from Alice and the Pirates. It's a non-print release which has gotten very popular! In fact, the initial reservation sold out on the first day. AatP designer Tomomi Nakamura is a big fan of ballet, so it's no surprise that this series is based off of the Swan Lake story.

First, we have the lolita side of the release. Odette and Odile are often played by the same ballerina in two opposite outfits, so each piece comes in two colorways: offwhite for Odette and black for Odile.
The eye-catcher of this series is the Swan's Feather Clip which is a unique combination of a collar and feather epaulettes. Extra details are brought forth with the combination of different textures of chiffon, jacquard, lace, and feathers. I'd love to see a pair of lolitas twinning both colors together.

Next, not one, but two boystyle sets were also announced! The first is the Siegfried ouji set. Prince Siegfried is the protagonist of Swan Lake and falls in love Odette.
The cut of this vest is a more opulent re-do of the Pharis Vest. The white lace gives a nice impression of swan feathers without using actual feathers. The pants have the same cut as the El Dorando Pants, but the lace is shorter, so it will be easier to pull off.  The separate pieces aren't really versatile, but they do look amazing paired together. I partly wish that it was a salopette instead of two pieces. The only complaint I have about this set is the hat is a very awkward size; it's too small to be worn as a full-sized hat, but too big to be a mini hat. I do like the detachable veil (it's a buttcape for hats), but with the lack of gold details, I don't like this hat with the vest and pants. 

Lastly, there is the Rothbart aristocrat set. The antagonistic sorcerer Von Rothbart gets khaki green and black colorways. Khaki is a popular color for brands this S/S 2015. Brands are slowly catching onto the demand for boystyle in more colors, so I predict we'll see more colors in the near future.
The Rothbart Vest is a leveled up version of the Granny Smith Vest. The cut is extremely flattering and can be used in both youthful and mature coordinates. The pants have a 2-way zipper which is a small detail that AatP doesn't include very often, but it adds a nice 2-way feature for the hem.The blouse also comes in three different colors. Its tiered jabot and sleeves add a uniform detail to any vest or sleeveless jacket. I wouldn't think of a sorcerer when I look at the entirety, but it's nice nonetheless.

Overall, I call this series best release of 2015 for Pirates so far. The lolita set is gorgeous and the boystyle sets look good as well. Alice and the Pirates has been re-releasing older cuts from its early days lately, but seeing this release utilize more modern cuts and looking good is refreshing. What are your thoughts? Is Alice and the Pirates finally starting to get out of the slump?

Nigthfall Introduction by Deerstalker Pictures

Mar 21, 2015


Deerstalker Pictures made a short video about Nightfall! They can't wait to see everyone!

Palace of Princes Presents Nightfall

Mar 7, 2015

Good evening! My apologies for the lack of updates, but I have been extremely busy with school and dedicating my free time to what I'm about to tell you. On April 2, 2015, one month from now, Palace of Princes will debut our first major event Nightfall! Our team has been working very hard (and still going) for the last 6 months to make this possible!



What is Nightfall?

Nightfall is a one-day event aiming to promote all styles of Japanese street fashion with a specialty on boystyle fashion which includes ouji and aristocrat. It's a party to celebrate the international fashion community and individual expression. Attendees will be able to meet new and old friends, check out the latest styles, and be entertained by our programming.

When is Nightfall?

Date: Thursday, April 2, 2015
Time: General Admission Hours: 5 PM to 10 PM  &  VIP Hours: 4:30 PM to 11 PM

Where is Nightfall?

The Crystal Ballroom
909 Texas Street Suite 106F
Houston, TX 77002


The Crystal Ballroom is a beautiful venue with historic elegance! It has the perfect atmosphere to match Gothic and lolita styles.

Who's coming to Nightfall?

Since lolita and other fashion styles is such a global community, our goal was to bring together many countries under one roof. These guests provide the highest quality of work in their fields and you'll probably recognize them. We are very happy to be able to work with them and invite everyone to get to know them!

Top: Technotropism of Deerstalker Pictures, Aerynsys, Linda Tea, Buttcape (me!), Aetherlund
Bottom: Lillith Gray, I Do Declare, Rachel and Michelle of Belladonna, Moss Marchen
Even though some designers can't make it to Houston, we've brought their amazing work for you to see in person!

Top: Belladonna, Haenuli, I Do Declare, Ozone Socks, Sweet Mildred
Bottom: Moss Marchen, Aetherlund, R-Series, Rouge Aerie Designs, Peppermint Fox
Our list is still growing, so keep your eyes out for upcoming announcements!

Want to support Nightfall?

Official website: www.palaceofprinces.com
Purchase tickets: popnightfall.eventbrite.com
Facebook event: Palace of Princes Nightfall

If you can't make it to Houston, you can still show your support for our event!
Buy merchandise: palaceofprinces.storenvy.com
Made a donation: www.palaceofprinces.com/donations
Sponsor us: www.palaceofprinces.com/sponsors
http://palaceofprinces.storenvy.com/
Check out our cool merch!

I still don't know what I'm going to wear, but I'll figure that out a little later. I hope to meet some of you there!

Meeting Kate

Jan 28, 2015

Rouge Aerie Designs' designer Kate was passing through town last week and I finally had the chance to meet her! Kate was actually one of the first lolitas I ever talked to, and she gave me a lot of advice when I was first starting out. I was really young and didn't have a car back then, so I never had the chance to go to meetups before she moved to Australia, but now I can finally say I met my senpai.


My charm point of this coordinate was the Rouge Aerie Nephelai Choker in the cloudless colorway. I impulse bought the cloudless color during a group order because blue is my favorite color (surprise, it's not black). I don't actually own any blue pieces of clothing, so I matched the white and gold.

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I made a mostly light lolita coord in the past, but I finally made a light ouji coord that I'm happy with!  We planned on watching a movie, but it sold out by the time we got there. Instead, we spent the night strolling around Chinatown. Our time was short, but I hope to meet her again in the near future!



Rundown
Jacket: Atelier Boz Eternity Roland Jacket
Blouses: Dear Celine , Sheglit
Pants: offbrand
Tights: offbrand
Socks: Metamorphose temps de fille lace knee socks
Shoes: Alice and the Pirates Clara Short Boots
Corsage: uF
Choker: Rouge Aerie Designs Nephelai
Rosary: Forever21
Belt: offbrand
Rings: Forever21 x2, Alice and the Pirates A/P Logo Ring


Double Birthday

Jan 15, 2015

In December, there was a double birthday party for Sarah and Alys. They let me triplet with them with our matching bicorns. First we had lunch; I had chicken and waffles.

Here's a two-step process on how to be me:
Step one is to take a picture of my food (see below).
Step two is to eat like a savage without getting food all over my clothes.


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Then we strolled around town and took some photos.



I saw Misako wear this hat in KERA and decided I needed it. This one was actually my second hat because the first one had some factory defects (review is coming later). I finally got to wear it though!

Rundown
Hat: Alice and the Pirates Chat Noire Silk Hat
Blouse: Alice and the Pirates Moonlight Temptation from the Monochrome Guide of the Dark Blouse
Coat: Alice and the Pirates Captain Schwarz Coat
Pants: Alice and the Pirates Destinee de la Rose Pants
Shoes: Fuori Classe
Brooches and chains: Alice and the Pirates, uF, Di Molto Bene



Triple kabedon

Average oujis loitering around a fountain

And a group photo for last!

An Ouji Overview: Part 6 Pants

Jan 6, 2015

Pants are the most fundamental part of an ouji outfit. Without them, the outfit is incomplete. I consider them the hardest item to shop for because many different measurements must be accounted for.

Parts of Pants


Waist

The waist measurement is the circumference of the waistband. It is measured at the thinnest part of your torso which is often the navel. Measure lower if you intend to wear pants with a lower rise. There should be a spare 2-5 centimeters between your body's and the garment's measurements to allow for breathing and eating room. It's much better to go larger since you can wear a belt rather than squeezing into a waistband that is too small (trust me, not worth it).


Rise

Rise is the distance between the top of the waistband to the crotch. This measurement is not often provided, but it is important to take notice of it if you are tall.

High-rise Mid-rise Low-rise
More commonly called high waist.
As the name implies, the rise sits higher, usually by a thicker waistband, is higher and often hits above the navel. The visual length of your legs will be heightened.
This is the standard rise which is meant to be worn at your natural waist. It's a median, so it will be good for both formal and casual coordinates. Also called dropped waist. It is meant to be worn below the natural waist. It's also the least formal and will shorten the visual length of your legs. Most blouses end at the natural waist, so there may be a gap between the blouse and pants.


Inseam

The inseam is the measurement from the crotch to the bottom of the leg.
An example of pants ending above ankle

For full length pants, it is important to have correct length. If your pants are too long, get them altered. With a pool of fabric bunch around your ankles or having the hem drag on the floor and damaging the pants, it will look extremely sloppy.
Shorter inseams are a more contemporary trend, but if you're going with formality, stick to the traditional at-the-shoe length. The highwater look is harder to pull off since it will bring focus to your legs and shoes, but can give a fresh modern look (see right).

For shorts, this will determine where on your leg they'll hit. For beginners, I recommend aiming for right around knee length since it's the most versatile length to work with different shoe styles. There's no definite rule on how long or short your shorts can be, but I'd say as long as you're not flashing some underwear, you're good. Be warned though, a common beginner mistake is when going with shorts that are too short. Shorter length leans towards the effeminate spectrum which can make or break an ouji outfit if you go too far out. They can also create an awkward gap on your legs if you don't know how to balance it out.

This measurement can be disregarded if the pants are being tucked into boots.


Length

The overall length is the length from the top of the waistband to the bottom of the leg. The length is always given, so it can help determine how long the inseam or rise is.


Hip

The hip measurement is measured at the widest part of your bottom. This is an important measurement to note if you have wide hips, especially if you are female.


Leg circumference

This is important to take note of if you have thicker legs. The measurement is not always provided though. Knit material pants will stretch, but non-stretch will need some consideration especially if the pants have cuffs.


Different Types

These are names of some (not all) common types of pants used in ouji. Most brands just call them pants, but knowing the names can help with looking for sewing patterns.

Trousers Breeches Wide Pants
long pants; usually with a straight or slim leg short pants, half pants; usually end at or right below the knee; pumpkin pants are usually breeches with a gathered leg pants where the hem circumference is largest at the bottom
Jodhpurs Sarouel Pants Salopette
flares out from the thighs and tapers into a slim lower leg; helps flare out long jackets loose, dropped crotch pants; visually lengthens the torso; more common in punk and casual boystyle overall-style pants; usually attached to a decorative top, but still requires a blouse
Bondage Pants Leggings
pants with lots of straps and/or chains, sometimes with detachable legs; mainly worn when visual kei was still popular in the old-school and punk days form-fitting, stretch pants; should be thick enough or covered by something long so no one sees what's underneath; not recommended for beginners since it's easy to look too casual


Miscellaneous

  • Since most formal blouses are designed to end right after the navel, high- or mid-rise is recommended. With low-rise pants, you either need a longer blouse or you can cover the gap with a wide belt or cummerbund. 
  • Fabric thickness and drape are important details. I would call this the #1 mistake made. Most people start out with offbrand pants (which is perfectly fine), but most end up not choosing pants that are thick enough. As a result, thin pants with little drape will show a large amount of wrinkles along the leg (capris are usually the culprit).
  • It's very obvious when bloomers are trying to pass off as pants. Bloomers are underwear. Wearing bloomers as pants is like trying to wear boxers as pants.
  • Technically, you can wear skirt in ouji just as long as there are pants underneath.
  • Suspenders or a belt can be worn to keep loose pants from falling. 
  • Mentioned above already, but take caution! Pants that are too long look sloppy and are a tripping hazard! Plus they will end up being damaged since they are being dragged on the ground. There's a reason why they rarely stick the shorter models in full-length pants (see image below).
  • There's no rule about how much leg you can show, but do remember it should be a modest amount since ouji style is leans towards formal style. There are certain combinations of pants lengths and sock heights that work well together (see below), but go with what you're comfortable with.
Different pants lengths, short to long
  • When starting to build a wardrobe, I recommend starting out with one pair of shorts and one pair of long pants in a neutral color. If you have enough different kinds of tops, nobody will really pay attention to how many times you wear your pants.


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