Do you ever feel overprotective of your Brand Lolita clothing (or lolita stuff in general)? This past weekend, I think I did something very unloli (and polite if you ask me)., for the sake of keeping my clothing nice.
Saturday I hung out in Little Tokyo with some friends, and had a good time. My friend and I were walking over to Little Tokyo Mall and this group of people were walking towards us. This girl was among them - dressed all in black came walking (briskly) towards me. She was dripping with sweat - a stain around her collar and more around her pits and was holding her arms out to me me like she was going to grab me and said, "Oh my gosh! A pretty Lolita! I must hug you."
I kinda steered off to the left of her and said, "No, no you don't." and started to walk away. She turned to her friends and said, "Well that was mean." and I said, "Yep".
I know it was really mean, but goodness she was really sweaty! I had taken pictures with quite a few people that day and had no problem when this one little girl wanted to come hug me. But I am sorry, when you are like that and you don't even ask before you attempt to hug someone, it is rather rude (the father asked before the little girl hugged me). To top it all off, I didn't want to get the sweat on my OP.
Now that I look back on it, I realize that this contributes to the whole "loli elitist" stereotype. But is it really different from the recent story and the girl who was so overprotective of her designer jeans? Is this any different from choosing to stand because the only place to sit is really dirty and you don't want to get your lolita wear dirty?
I'm studying fashion design, and for my senior project I'm supposed to design a collection that fills some sort of unfilled niche in my target market. I'm thinking of doing a lolita line, but the market seems pretty well saturated already, and I can't really think of a way to make my line proposal seem like it'll be truly competitive with established brands.
I know price and size are an issue with a lot of people, but since it's senior project I can't just do a knockoff line and say that it's cheaper and comes in more sizes than most other things offered in the market. So what, design-wise, do you wish more brands sold?
Here are my ideas so far:
1) More gothic, deconstructed styles reminscent of h.Naoto and Alice Auaa -- They have the advantage of also appealing to the goth market without being a watered-down bastardization of the fashion, and are currently somewhat rare in the English-speaking market.
2) Jackets and coats -- A coat you're going to wear almost every day of the season has to be warm enough and versatile enough, and since most Lolita fashion outside of Japan is bought and sold on the Internet it's hard to know if the coat you want to order will fulfil either criteria. On the other hand, if I did this I'd have to really concentrate on the marketing/getting my stuff into shops aspect, and that's the most boring part of fashion design in my opinion. And from what the people at the gothic boutiques in my city say, Lolita stuff never sold well when they had it.
3) More tailored styles targeted to the older side of the Lolita market -- This is purely selfish, since I'm in the older side of the Lolita market and rapidly approaching the age where I'll look silly in bows and frills. But from what I've seen, people at a certain age either wear Lolita anyways, or give it up entirely with no regrets, so I don't know how much appeal this idea really has.
4) What Hot Topic has tried to do, that is to say sillhouettes such as the A-line and the mini that appeal more to the American market at large than bell-shaped crinolines do. I think I could do this without creating things that are made of failure and tears, but would it still appeal to the Lolita market even though it wouldn't strictly follow the so-called rules of Lolita?
Any other ideas would also be very welcome. Thank you, internet!
I heard there is a Kinokuniya store in Edgewater, NJ. Anyone know about this, or if it sells BTSSB stuff?
Its not gonna stop me from going to the NY one next Friday tho~ I just wanna see it. I heard its one of its biggest.
I don't think I've posted here before, but it occured to me the other day while shopping for prom, can Lolita or Aristocrat be promwear? (I could imagine more Aristocratic dresses being formal enough, I just tend to think they all have long sleeves, so they might be too hot...) Basically, I thought it would be interesting to get input on this. (Especially from more experienced people) So, Can Lolita work for a prom dress? Have you ever seen it done? Have you ever done it? (If so, how did it go, reactions from people, general issues) Or, do you think Lolita at prom is just tacky/other negative adjective, and why?
Thanks in advance~, I'm really curious to see what your opinions will be. ^^