Golden Bomber Goes Gothic

Sep 12, 2017

Golden Bomber is a visual kei parody band who make a lot of goofy songs. What better way to pay homage to those who started the visual movement by cosplaying the legends themselves? Golden Bomber's 欲望の歌/Yokubou no Uta PV takes us back to the glorious 90's era of visual kei making references to Malice Mizer, Lareine, X Japan, Dir en Grey, and more.

For one of many odes to Malice Mizer, they're ironically wearing custom pieces by Atelier Boz instead of Moi Meme Moitie.
Who wore it better?
By the way, if you're looking for a good ringlet wig, you can cop the one Yutaka wears over on Maple Wig.

How many iconic scenes were you able to recognize? If you need to brush up on your visual kei history, here's a few of the references made. 

Samantha Rei Competes on Project Runway Season 16

Aug 19, 2017

Project Runway season 16 premiered just a few days ago and if you watched it, you may recognize one of the contestants if you were around for the LiveJournal days of EGL.
Samantha Rei, competitor on Project Runway season 16
Samantha was the designer of one of the first American indie lolita brands Blasphemina's Closet, now retired. Her brand was featured in several of the English versions of the Gothic & Lolita Bible.

In 2013, she expanded her horizons by starting a new brand, Samantha Rei, that embodies sweetness, femininity, and attention to detail. Though no longer strictly lolita, you can still see some alternative fashion influence in her closet and current works.
Samantha Rei, id.ego. F/W 2016
About Samantha Rei
Samantha R. Crossland began her design career with her label “Blasphemina’s Closet” in 2000. After closing “Blasphemina’s Closet” in September of 2013, she started anew with her new eponymous label “Samantha Rei”. “Samantha Rei” embodies the sweetness and femininity that has come to be expected from the designer.

Samantha Rei draws her inspiration from such illustrators and Chris Riddell, Brom, Tony DiTerlizzi, Brett Helquist and Mihara Mitsukazu as well as stories like Alice in Wonderland and Snow White. Her hero Alexander McQueen along with designers Vivienne Westwood, Hirooka Naoto, John Galliano, Victorian Maiden and Anna Sui have influenced her style.

Project Runway airs Thursday nights at 9/8 PM CST. Best of luck, Samantha!

Samantha Rei: OHP | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter 

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

[Scans] Atelier Pierrot Kawaii Lace Flyer

Jul 10, 2017

I picked up this flier at the Atelier Pierrot booth during A-Kon. Pierrot was selling several designs at the con, but I didn't buy any since I don't have the skills to make handmade items. This is the same lace Pierrot uses on some of their products. The samples were very gorgeous, so they're a perfect addition to any lolita seamstress's collection. The flyer did get wrinkled in my suitcase, so apologies if you can see through the haste editing job.
Brand: Atelier Pierrot
Model: Connie
Featured items: Kyowa lace
Your clothes made of lace from Japan would be more beautiful. How about designing one today? You can see the details of the laces from the following link: Atelier Pierrot webshop
(note: the link in the image is broken, this is the correct one)

Made in Japan
1. Experience: Our craftsmen have about 40 years of experience.
2. Uniformity: Uniform pattern.
3. Security and Safety: Good of Inspection System.
4. Quickly: We pack and ship items ensuring safety and care from Japan as soon as possible.

KIRA KIRA means shiny and sparkly in Japanese.

KIRA KIRA thread (original thread made by Kyowa Lace Co.). It's like the color of brass instruments. It's a soft sparkle look.

KIRA KIRA Chemical Lace, Chemical Lace, Tulle Lace, KIRAKIRA Black Lace (Coming soon!)

You can easily make your own items (clothes, goods, accessories) from lace by sticking or sewing it on.

Kyowa Lace Co.
Products: Lace (ALL Laces made in Japan)
Place: Asakusabashi, Tokyo
Established in 1950
Instagram: kyowalace
Atelier Pierrot: OHP | Webshop | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
Kyowa Lace Co.: OHP | Instagram

MechaCon 2017 Japanese Fashion Programming Announcements: Round 1

Jul 5, 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.

The guest of honor is none other than the world’s most pink creator, Kimura U!
☆✦☆ ☆*:.。. MechaCon 2017 J-fashion special guest Kimura U。.:*☆☆✦☆
The world’s most pink creator, Kimura U (木村優 ), is known around the globe as a fashion creator, model, and voice actress.

Kimura U was appointed an official Kawaii Ambassador by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the mission of promoting Japanese pop culture through Harajuku fashion and anime. She has since appeared at more than 10 countries around the world as part of the Ministry’s Cool Japan program, including the US, Russia, and China.

Her first original publication “1st STYLE BOOK – Kimura U” was an instant hit, featuring her original concept of “Moehara,” combining “Moe” (meaning cute, from otaku fandom) with “Hara” (short for Harajuku).

In 2016, Kimura U created the Kawaii version of the official NHK mascot character Domo-Kun, as well as garnered attention for her costume designs for the popular idol group Wasuta (The World Standard). She also made her voice acting debut in the anime “Idol Memories” and successfully performed in China.

In 2017, Kimura U unveiled her new fashion brand KawaiiHolic, which gained many fans with the slogan of “Quitting Kawaii is the same as dying.” The world’s most pink creator and shining star of Harajuku is unstoppable!
Kimura U will be presenting a Q&A session with the featured brands. Don't miss your chance to talk to her!

Kimura U: Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

☆✦☆ MechaCon 2017 J-Fashion Show ☆ Journey through the Cosmos! ☆✦☆
MechaCon will be holding a 2-in-1 fashion show. That's right, two fashion fashion shows for twice the magic. The theme for the 2017 fashion show is Journey Through the Cosmos!
Calling all Lolitas! We want you to come and show off your biggest and brightest outfits for MechaCon this year! It’s the grand return of the community fashion show! We want to encourage all Lolitas, whether you are local or coming in from out of town, to apply to be a part of this show! We want the flashiest, the biggest, the scariest, the coolest, the most elegant, the cutest- we want it all! Go big or go home!

In addition to the opening community show, we will be also be hosting a multi-brand J-fashion show. Brands TBA.
Applications for each fashion show are due by July 15.

☆✦☆ ☆*:.。. MechaCon 2017 J-fashion Under the Milky-way Tea Party。.:*☆☆✦☆
The tea party will be held on Sunday July 30, 2017. This year's theme is Under the Milky Way!
Calling all star sleuths, Martian maniacs and Astro adventurers! Please join us at MechaCon’s fourth annual tea party for an extra special starry soiree- Under the Milky Way! It is guaranteed to be an out of this world occasion with delicious snacks, exciting games, and a host of giveaways and prizes! Kimura U will also be joining us for our space spectacular! She’s incredibly psyched to see all of your cosmic coordinates! Tickets will be sold online until we are sold out. J-fashion is required for the tea party. Cosplay not allowed.
The artist Aini was commissioned for the tea party's promotional image. Tea party attendees will receive 11"x17" print of the artwork as a gift from the J-fashion staff.
Painting by Aini
About the artist: Virginia Hilton is a self-taught artist from Germany. Tired of living like a Fairy Tale character in the Bavarian forest of Germany she decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in gaming, art, and localization. Her background has inspired her to create fanciful multimedia art pieces. Her artistic visions culminate in a variety of mediums: digital and traditional paintings, as well as ribbon embroidery, or vintage treasure making. Her favorite things include cats, frilly dresses, and flowers. Which, incidentally, are also her favorite things to draw and work with.
The original painting will be on display and a part of the charity silent auction at the tea party.

A silent charity auction will be held at the Under the Milky-way tea party. All proceeds from this year’s Charity Auction will be going to Buildings for America’s Bravest.
Building for America’s Bravest is a program of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation that builds smart homes for our most catastrophically injured service members returning home. Each home is custom designed to address the unique needs of each individual. Energy efficient, automated and easily accessible—these homes use “adaptive technology” to help our most severely injured heroes live better, more independent lives.
However, as amazing as adaptive home technology is, it’s far beyond the reach of most veterans and their modest pensions. The waiting list is long – and for every home we build, another three veterans join the list. When the call came, these brave service members went. They made extraordinary sacrifices in our place. Please help give them a home they can come home to. Your donation will make a real difference in a service hero’s life.

Tea party tickets can be purchased here. Tickets are already halfway sold out, so get yours today before they sell out!

Aini: OHP | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Instagram | YouTube | Twitch | Patreon

In addition, MechaCon will also be hosting a swap meet and gifting pool with more to come. Keep up with the latest news about MechaCon on their J-fashion programming news event page.

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

2017 Summer Sales

Jun 30, 2017

Brands participating in summer sales season for 2017

Wine and Chocolate Pairing Meetup

Jun 27, 2017

Good evening, today's post is a meetup recap; it's been a really long time since I had attended a meetup outside of a convention! Nowadays I'm swamped with work, however I am always down for a food-centric meetup. K decided to host a wine and chocolate pairing one night back in March, so I decided to show up! I've had wine a few times, but it was never quite enjoyable for me as is most alcohol, but I am always wanting to expand the horizons of my palate since I want to enjoy all kinds of foods.

The meetup was held at Araya Artisan Chocolate, a local Houston family-owned business. I've never had their chocolate, but I had seen their name pop up a few times while browsing Yelp. The tasting is held after the store was closed, so we had the shop to ourselves and the presenters. I realized I quite like smaller meets these days since everyone can talk to each other without branching off into groups.
snacks, chocolates, and cacao bean
I was actually late because I went to the wrong location, but I caught up quickly. We were given 6 different types of wine, 6 different flavors of chocolates, snacks, and a sheet of paper for notes. I was a bad student and didn't really take any notes. A cacao bean was passed around to hold; it was heavier than I thought it would be!
Actually, I only got to taste 5 chocolates. I had gone to the restroom and when I came back to my seat I had one missing? What a sad night for me.
In conclusion, I am still not an avid wine fanatic, but I definitely enjoyed the experience. There was a mini lecture and slideshow explaining the process of making chocolates and wines. Though I drank a little too fast, so I don't remember much of it.
Originally, I did want to wear a chocolate theme, but not in the typical Angelic Pretty style. I failed to come up with something in time, so the coordinate I ended up wearing features the Gathered Chiffon JSK in wine x gold x black to match with the wine theme. I've been wanting to pair this colorway of Gathered Chiffon with the Chat Noire Hat for a long time; it just took awhile because I never had the appropriate time to wear a giant pirate hat outside. Therefore, my theme was wine pirate lolita. Not 100% percent satisfied with wearing this coordinate since it looked better in my head, but can't be perfect all every time!
Some detail shots of other people:
Metamorphose Crown Label Teddy Chocolatier print
Alice and the Pirates gloves and Elizabeth Bride of Death
Angelic Pretty Musee du Chocolat
Blazers and button up are always nice, too!
In finale, a group shot and the traditional shoe shot:
I had fun catching up with old friends and meeting new people. It was probably the chillest meetup I had ever attended (alcohol may have helped). I probably won't see anyone until autumn, so until next time!


Call me crazy, though I've always been a fan of piling layers on myself, I keep wanting to stack dresses on top of each other after I received an overwhelming amount of good feedback on coord #13. Just another way for me to suffer in the Houston humidity. Good news though, I finally found these shoes in my correct size! The ones I wore in coord #1 were too small after learning that the hard way.

Really, I need to learn my lesson and remember to take an outfit shot before the meet not after it. I somehow managed to get this picture in at midnight as I rolled into my house. Things are disheveled, but I suppose it adds to the drunken pirate theme!
Outfit Rundown
Hat: Alice and the Pirates Chat Noire Silk Hat
OP: Alice and the Pirates x Hizaki Collaboration One Piece
JSK: Alice and the Pirates Gathered Chiffon Jumperskirt - Shinjuku Limited Colorway
Collar: Alice and the Pirates Captain Grace's Frill Blouse
Necklace: Voodooodolly The Knight's Repose Necklace - Sword
Socks: Alice and the Pirates Diamond Lame OTKs
Shoes: Vivienne Westwood Anglomania x Melissa Temptation Pumps

The World's First Doll Model Lulu Hashimoto

Jun 25, 2017

"I'm the first living doll fashion model."

Lulu Hashimoto at Dangerous Nude
Lulu Hashimoto/橋本ルル brings a fresh face to the Harajuku-kei scene. Lulu made her modeling debut in July 2016 and she continues to grow in popularity. Her birth was brought forth by a collaboration of three creative individuals: producer and fashion designer millna, mask maker Nukopan, and stocking designer Ueno Koh(tableau).

Kigurumi is an art form where the performer wears a face mask and body suit. The exact origin of kigurumi is unknown, but the wearers of anime-style masks, also known as dollers, became a niche population in the Japanese cosplay scene. Lulu is the first of her kind to be a fashion model. She looks exactly like a ball-jointed doll, but she's alive!

Located in Harajuku, Lulu can be seen sporting a variety of girlish styles including such as classical styles to more modern styles seen in KERA and Larme. She's made appearances at several brand shop events including Hakuchum Tokyo, Pays des Fees, Dangerous Nude, and Ozz On.

Because she is a doll, her eyes, hair, and even height can be customized. Lulu is actually more than one person, hence the availability of height customization, but they are all Lulu as well. Booking information is available on her website, both in Japanese and English. She even welcomes modeling for brands outside of Japan.

When I first laid eyes on pictures of Lulu on the Dangerous Nude Twitter, I thought she was just a really fancy mannequin, but I was definitely wrong; she moves! I've seen anime face kigurumi before, but the BJD kigurumi is definitely more pleasing to look at. She definitely adds a new interpretation for the term "living doll. She may be the beginning of a wave of doll models. " How do you feel about Lulu? Creepy? Cute? You may be able to catch her next time you visit Tokyo if you're lucky.

To learn more about the creative process behind the creation of Lulu Hashimoto, read Moshi Moshi Nippon's interview with her producer millna: MOSHI MOSHI INTERVIEW: Chatting With the Producer of the Very First “Doll” Fashion Model, Lulu Hashimoto.

Lulu Hashimoto: OHP | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube | Facebook

A-Kon 28 Presents ATELIER PIERROT, Pentagon Japan, OxT, and More!

Jun 2, 2017

A-Kon 28 will take place on June 8-11, 2017 in Fort Worth, TX. A-Kon is the longest running and second largest anime convention in the US. This year A-Kon presents a stellar fashion and music lineup.

From Japan, first we have ATELIER PIERROT!
ATELIER PIERROT is a Gothic Lolita brand. Their flagship store was established in the famed Harajuku La Foret building when it first opened in 1978. ATELIER PIERROT creates and sells Classical Lolita and Elegant Gothic Lolita designs, with styles ranging from exquisite gothic tastes to elegant Rococo influence.
Designer Yuko Ashizawa and shop staff Mai will be attending the convention. ATELIER PIERROT will have a booth in the Dealer's Room and be in attendance of the fashion show and tea party.
I've been a long-time fan of Atelier Pierrot, so I'm very excited to finally be able to meet Yuko-san. Their clothing is gorgeous, sturdy, and plus size friendly! I have the honor of being able to model for Atelier Pierrot. I am nervous, but it will be a good show.

ATELIER PIERROT: OHP | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

The first featured musical guest is visual kei band Pentagon Japan!
Pentagon Japan is a charismatic Visual Kei band taking the scene by storm with their eye-catching visual style and alternative metal and rock sound. Founded by members of the popular session band “Call Me,” Pentagon Japan released a YouTube teaser video in late 2014. The video garnered thousands of views within days. The band officially began activities on January 12th, 2015, with a sold-out first solo performance and every CD release ranking in the Oricon top 50 charts. In September of 2016, before their 2nd anniversary, the band completed their first major tour which sold out venues and spanned all 47 prefectures of Japan. Pentagon Japan is number one among young Visual Kei bands in the scene today.
Vocals - chizuru
Guitar - Yutori
Guitar - Taku
Bass - minpha
Drums - Atsuki
This will be Pentagon Japan's overseas debut! Bassist minpha will also be making a modeling debut. He will be walking the runway for ATELIER PIERROT. Pentagon's bold visual and energetic music, look forward to their concert! Check out their music and comment video below.

Pentagon Japan: OHP | chizuru Twitter | Yutori Twitter | Taku Twitter | minpha Twitter | minpha Instagram | Atsuki Twitter | Atsuki Instagram

Last but not least, the second musical featured musical guest is OxT!
OxT is the digital rock unit comprised of Masayoshi Oishi and Tom-H@ck.
In 2013, the two released the tracks "Go EXCEED!!" and "Perfect HERO" for the anime Ace of Diamond as Tom-H@ck featuring Masayoshi Oishi. They created the unit OxT in 2015.

OxT has created theme songs for other popular anime including Prince of Stride: Alternative, and Hand Shakers. Their electrifying live performance is not to be missed.
In addition to OxT activities, Masayoshi Oishi will also have a solo concert.
Masayoshi Oishi began his career in 2001 as the vocalist and guitarist of the band Sound Schedule and made his solo debut in 2008.
Guitar slapping and slams are his specialty, and manipulating the acoustic guitar like a magician, Oishi delivers a masterpiece performance with finger picking using his own nail. His singing voice, lyrics, and melodies all contribute to a fun and highly entertaining performance.
Masayoshi Oishi composed several theme songs for anime series such as Ace of Diamond and Monthly Girls' Nozaki-Kun. Recently, his work as a singer-songwriter has included composing the opening theme for the hit show Kemono Friends, as well as providing his composition to several popular artists.

I don't know if you know this already, but I love the anime Ace of Diamond, so when OxT was announced, it was definitely a selling point for me! See y'all in the front row.

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