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Taobao Review: Krad Lanrete Mozarabic Chant JSK 
6th-Dec-2012 02:31 pm
krad

This dress seems to be pretty popular on Taobao and on Tumblr. I can see why, it's a very original print and I'm completely in love with it. Which is why a friend and I bought the short red and peacock blue JSKs respectively. I figured I should sit down and do a review because Krad Lanrete is a smaller lolita taobao store and they are also fairly new. I may be wrong but I think the Moazarbic Chant set is their first big release. It's especially striking because they offered three different colorways, a choice between skirt/JSK/long JSK, and a large number of sizes. Here is a link to the item at their store. 

I will say before I get started on the review with all of the photos that I've not owned an offbrand dress until I purchased this one. So I might not be great at comparing the JSK to other taobao brands but I can compare it to Japanese lolita brands. If anyone who knows more about taobao brands wants to comment please do so! 


I ordered from TaobaoSpree.
They always do an excellent job and this is the second time I've ordered from them directly and the 4th time I've ever ordered from them including GOs. They always package my items very carefully and send pictures before mailing anything to make sure everything is alright. I believe their attention to detail is worth their service fee. The shopping service gets a 5/5 

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Now we have my JSK! This was taken outside so you can see the true color of the item. The color is very rich and vibrant.

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Here is a closer look at the print. Not the best angle but I was trying to keep my dress off the ground. I feel that the dress is exactly like the one shown on the Krad Lanrete Taobao shop. The dress isn't merely screen printed (apart from the gold brand name embossed on the bottom), it's actually woven into the fabric. 

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The lace is lovely; very good quality. You can also see the stitching is straight. 

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The edges of the metalic print of the brand name are crisp. 

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I didn't go into as much detail photographing the red dress because it isn't mine. This is a good look at the waist tie though. 

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The two side by side. 

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It might not be apparent but the lining on the dresses is different. The red dress has a more ribbed lining and mine was shiny and flat.


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This is true to the style but not the color as it is taken inside. The right side looks a little wonky because my dress form is too fat for my dress (thankfully I am not!) 


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This was one of the most impressive details. They went out of their way to print match across the seams. As you can see, I snapped a quick photo of my Chess Chocolate dress from AP and you can see how fail most brands are at matching prints. 

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My opinions on the dress: 
This dress is a 5/5 in every way possible. The construction was excellent, the colors of the fabric are bright and vivid, the seams are all straight, and the lace is fabulous. It was more than worth my money. The fabric is 25% wool and 75% polyester. I think this must be some magical, mystical blend because when the items came to me, they had NO WRINKLES from being boxed up for weeks. The fabric is heavy and feels good to the touch without being rough or thick. It feels organic, like a smooth silk, even though most of the dress is polyester. 

They were also very EXACT with their measurements. I ordered the small because the sizing was 1cm over on my bust and waist and it fits like a glove without my having to squeeze into the dress. The zipper isn't amazing but does it's job. It sometimes catches near the waistband but I've found this is the case on most of my lolita dresses. 

Let's compare to brand! 
So I also received a dress from BTSSB this week. I had purchased the Snow Queen OP in sax and it finally arrived! I'm more excited about this dress from Krad Lanrete (KL) than I was with my Baby dress. Frankly, the quality on the one from taobao feels better to me. 

KL: fully lined their dress, BTSSB: only lined the skirt
KL: Fabric feels good to the touch, BTSSB: fabric is a bit heavy with a thick weave, not so fun to touch
KL/BTSSB: A few stray threads on the dress when it arrived
KL/BTSSB: Print matches across seams
KL/BTSSB: Both don't create their own lace like AP, they do purchase nice cloth lace though
KL/BTSSB: Both zippers catch a little around the waist seam, the BTSSB zipper is slightly superior 

KL: $135 for the dress shipped, BTSS: like ~$400 for the dress shipped

Hell yes I'd rather pay 1/4 of brand cost to get a dress with nice fabric which is fully lined! 
Comments 
6th-Dec-2012 07:55 pm (UTC)
It's a gorgeous dress! Thanks for the photos. :) I only wish Krad Lanrete would do custom sizing after their reservation period, too.
6th-Dec-2012 07:57 pm (UTC)
That dress is really gorgeous, what a great purchase!
6th-Dec-2012 08:04 pm (UTC)
thankyou for doing this review! I fell in love with that dress from the minute I saw it but was hesitating as I couldn't find a review about it. Now I have :D The red looks good! (the blue too! must choose a colour ;D)
Are there loops where you can put that waistband through?
6th-Dec-2012 08:40 pm (UTC)
Yes! There are loops there to hold it in place. Now I just have to teach myself to tie a good lolita bow when it's NOT on a mannequin...
6th-Dec-2012 08:50 pm (UTC)
or teach someone else so they can do it on you :D
6th-Dec-2012 09:06 pm (UTC)
Wow Its so beautiful! The attention to detail is so wonderful!
I cant believe its that price either, I would expect them to ask for more : O but Im not complaining!
6th-Dec-2012 09:30 pm (UTC)
Krad Lanrete sounds to have incredible quality! I will definetely be keeping an eye on them in the future! I believe they only make customsizes during the reservation period, though.. That's a shame :C
6th-Dec-2012 09:34 pm (UTC)
Their reserve period was quite a bit muddled when they were doing custom sizing. I do wish they would open it up for custom sizing for an extra fee.
6th-Dec-2012 09:47 pm (UTC)
I get a Book of Kells vibe.

That is REALLY well done!!
6th-Dec-2012 11:57 pm (UTC)
Oh my I so totally see it now that you've mentioned it. And I loved the art in that movie!
6th-Dec-2012 09:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks very much for the review! I am waiting on this skirt in the grey/ivory color and it's a relief to see such a positive review :)
6th-Dec-2012 09:56 pm (UTC)
wow, thank you so much for the review!! I've been looking at that dress for a while, but was iffy on the other colors because only the cream-ish color was shown in the photos. Thanks again! :D
6th-Dec-2012 10:05 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous dress! (es)! :)
6th-Dec-2012 10:23 pm (UTC)
What a cute dress, this would look AWESOME on you! :D
I do love the fact that this print perfectly aligns like that, woah~! If they have a long Jsk in the black colorway, I'll DEFINATELY have to get my hands on that~
6th-Dec-2012 11:25 pm (UTC)
This was a great review-- thanks!!
6th-Dec-2012 11:57 pm (UTC)
Love the review! The dress is SO gorgeous! I have been eyeing this on taobao for so long!
7th-Dec-2012 02:04 am (UTC)
Ah, I am waiting on mine to ship from the reservation period still. Glad to see the red reviewed, since that is the one I bought. Thanks for this!

edit: Can you go into detail on the fit please? I don't see anything in the review about the fit or actual construction of the dress. Also, is the print simply screened on top, or can you tell if it is an actual digital print in the fabric. Thanks!

Edited at 2012-12-07 02:08 am (UTC)
7th-Dec-2012 02:42 am (UTC)
The print is in the weave of the fabric, not simply screened on top from what I can tell. The fit is exact, like, super freaking exactly exact. If your were honest about your measurements it should fit fine! For example, I'm 86cm bust and 66cm waist so I ordered the Small which is 87cm bust and 66cm waist. It fits perfectly like it was made for me!
7th-Dec-2012 02:44 am (UTC)
I didn't get in on the custom, so I had to go with an L to fit my bust, and they told me to alter it to fit my 66cm waist. But this sounds good, and I am sure it will fit very well in the bust, which is most important to me. Thanks so much for your reply.
7th-Dec-2012 07:36 am (UTC)
I'm so glad to see such a positive review! :D
I have this dress coming in the long version soon so it's great to know in advance that the quality will be good. Thanks so much!
7th-Dec-2012 12:25 pm (UTC)
Aaah, I am so excited! This print was seriously everything I love rolled into one thing, so I went a bit crazy and ordered one in each colorway (a different style for each one though, so that makes it alright, right?) and I was kind of nervous about the quality since I've never owned something from there before.

Thanks for posting this!
7th-Dec-2012 04:23 pm (UTC)
Haha I only wanted it in blue when I ordered it but after seeing how awesome the red JSK is in person I want it in red as well. Except I hate red! It's making my brain go crazy I like it so much.
7th-Dec-2012 12:45 pm (UTC)
Oooh, I ordered this too and now I'm getting even more impatient! :D Thanks for the review!
7th-Dec-2012 03:03 pm (UTC)
Great review~ I'm waiting on mine in the mail! I also used taobaospree for my items. This looks very very nice.
7th-Dec-2012 11:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks much for the review!
8th-Dec-2012 06:23 am (UTC)
It's so pretty, do you know if it can still be ordered?
9th-Dec-2012 03:08 am (UTC)
I think so. It seems to be in stock on Taobao.
9th-Dec-2012 07:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I think I'll place and order for it then!
8th-Dec-2012 10:45 am (UTC)
"The dress isn't merely screen printed (apart from the gold brand name embossed on the bottom), it's actually woven into the fabric."

Wait, what? ... Are you sure? A fabric like that would be way too expensive for a brand like Krad Lanrete to use or produce, given all of the different colors used. It looks printed in your close up photos, since you can see parts of the weave edges are a different color than the color that was printed on top in the black areas.

Edited at 2012-12-08 10:49 am (UTC)
9th-Dec-2012 03:11 am (UTC)
I think I misunderstood what screen printing is and I apologize for that if I'm wrong. I thought dresses which were "screen printed" were like the skirt linked below, with an outlined print pressed on the fabric.



Can you screen print on top of cloth and not have it look like a plastic/metallic decal?
10th-Dec-2012 05:39 am (UTC)
Screen printed is just what it sounds like. It is made using a screen or stencil that was pressed to the fabric so that the ink would only transfer in the "open" areas. It typically can only be done using one colour on fabric (t-shirts are an occasional exception), due to the required drying time and difficult nature of registration on material.

In any case, the fabric they used was more likely printed using a digital or reactive dye process (which is more permanent and opaque). It's unlikely to have been woven, looking at your photos, due to the level of detail and smoothness of the image. Woven images tend to have a much different texture and look.

Also, the skirt you've posted looks embroidered rather than screen printed to me. There are puckers round the imagery that wouldn't be present when screen printed. It's hard to say without larger images of the details, however.
10th-Dec-2012 03:45 am (UTC)
I've been eyeing this for a while too... is it still possible to get one? I asked my shopping service for the long version a while ago, but they said that it had sold out already because you needed to order during the reservation period?? I'm confused, why do they still show it on their Taobao page if it's sold out?
15th-Dec-2012 07:30 am (UTC)
Thanks for the review!
I own the grey version of this dress, and I agree on everything. Seriously, I wouldn't even be surprised to hear that it's made of baby angels' hair.
26th-Mar-2013 03:11 am (UTC)
I am so glad you posted this I just ordered the skirt, and I want to get a shirt for it all and found one I like but until now wasn't sure which color to get. Thanks so much for the close up shot of the lace.
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