inceAt the end of 2015, I had to confront a hard truth: I’ve lost interest in dressing up. It’s not a complete abandonment. I still think J-fashion is really cool, and I do bust out my ensembles for special occasions. The reality is that I won’t go out of my way to attend meet-ups or to relentlessly pursue sales on brand items. On the flip side, I won’t stop my yearly recaps or suddenly become very mundane with my fashion.
I also will continue to take a peek at the new style tribes that are covered by Style Arena. This year had a couple of intriguing ones. The Shuffler caught my eye because Kareshi learned that dance form but dresses the total opposite of that group. “Survival game fashion” is something akin to what I’ve done before although I’ve combined it with another style, like visual kei below (this was from when I was in Japan 6 years ago). I’ve always enjoyed military chic so this is probably the one tribe from this year’s group that fits my aesthetic.
I did buy a new piece this year: a black Baby the Stars Shine Bright blouse. It was going to be worn to my friends’ wedding in November, but I decided to debut it at a neo-Victorian meet-up at a Sherlock Holmes special exhibit. Unfortunately I got the meeting times mixed up, and Kareshi did not get a full outfit shot like I had thought.
I paired the blouse with my pinstripe pants, a cloak in gamekeeper’s tweed (which reminded me of Holmes’ infamous deerstalker), and a magnifying glass necklace. This not-quite-steampunk/not-quite-ouji mash-up is my favorite new outfit of 2015.
My favorite outfit overall is my steampunk ouji number that I covered in 2012. It’s unassuming enough to be my con ensemble for when I’m working press (I think the newsboy cap helps me feel as thought it fits). I wore it to Anime Matsuri, where I sat in on the boystyle panel with Akira and Shiva from Atelier Boz. They stood by the door to shake hands with all of us, and Shiva said I looked really cool. Although the outfit is one of my all-time faves, I don’t think much of it because it’s not as fancy as other steampunks or oujis. Shiva’s comments made me feel really good since sometimes I feel like I’m just stumbling along and throwing together clothing.
Speaking of Anime Matsuri, being at the fashion show did remind me why I was drawn to J-fashion in the first place. Despite having covered it already, I’m gonna share some more pics because everyone looked fantastic. I also want to go on the record and say that I hope for other cons to take on J-fashion that treats their models and guests more professionally and respectfully.
Ironically 2015 had me closer to lolita than ever before because I finally had a fluffy petticoat and a proper blouse to go under my Baby JSK. As a result, I wound up putting together a gothic lolita outfit for the library’s annual Edgar Allan Poe Victorian Steampunk Halloween. As a part of the volunteer group, I had brought that there are other fashion subcultures that would fit so I took it upon myself to represent the lolis.
With that ensemble, I attempted at byojaku make-up, a trend that caught global attention in 2015. A lot of people don’t like the fact that you look sickly, but I’ve kinda been a fan of the dead girl look a la My Chemical Romance’s “Helena” video. I went a little too light on the blush and too heavy on the eyeliner (the latter I always do). Maybe I should have watched one of RinRin Doll’s tutorials:
And here I was afraid that I wouldn’t have anything to write about. My style resolution last year was to just be myself and possibly try more ouji. The former has worked out perfectly. The latter didn’t go as expected, but I have been adopting a more androgynous style. I think this year’s resolution is to just keep doing my thing… and maybe do a better attempt at byojaku make-up.
Listening to: “PoW!” by FEMM