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!



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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
KAWAII 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 Lace
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.



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