Thursday, October 29, 2009

Gothic Lolita

My new obsession..... Japanese street fashion. To be even more specific..... Lolita. Take this look, let Karl Lagerfeld work his magic, and you have a great Spring 2010 runway show for Chanel (picture top right).

The Lolita style was born out of a reaction to current fashion in search of modesty sometime in the 1970's and is still a sub culture today in Japan. The genre looks to Victorian and Rococo clothing styles for inspiration. The idea is to be sweet, demure, and pure rather than sexy, although the name may suggest otherwise. Some common elements to the style are the headdress, blouse, petticoats, knee highs, Mary Jane platform shoes, ringlet curls, doll-like makeup, bell shaped skirt, and vintage hats. The Lolita look is then divided into subdivisions such as sweet, classic, punk and goth (picture bottom right). There are so many variations of the style that they cross over to suit the wearer's personality.

To get an even better understanding, watch Gossip Girl for a
Western interpretation of this increasingly popular
look. Blair Waldorf's style is a mix between sweet and classic Lolita and Little J's
went from classic to punk throughout the second season. It's becoming so common that the style popped up on Chanel's Spring 2010 runway as shown in the picture above.

If you want to get the look here is an informative web sites to get you on your way: