Lolita Style

Yesterday Lolita fashion hit Worlds End shop.
In a style between Swiss maids, Alice in Wonderland  & Mary Poppins, Betty from Georgia, Jo from Seattle, Leechy from North Carolina, Marissa from California & Abby from NYC, along with Cherrie & Oat both from Bangkok all joined together for a group trip to London. They are all here for one week to attend the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party this weekend at the Sanderson Hotel, ‘Enchanted’ at Gibson Hall & another Tea party at Ruben’s. About 300 Lolita’s are expected to attend.
I asked them why they had come to Worlds End & they told me that the connection was the Japanese shojo manga series ‘Nana’ written & illustrated by Ai Yazawa.
Originally Ai Yazawa (age 47) had been a fashion student but she dropped out & instead started a career in manga, publishing the first edition of ‘Nana’ in 2000.
Heavily centered around fashion, the storylines are generally on young women & their relationships.
The connection with Westwood is that Ai Yazawa used a lot of Westwood fashions in her storylines. You can see Punk styles, the red & black Love heart jacket & Rocking Horse boots from the 1987 ‘Harris Tweed’ collection & the tartan jacket from the ‘Anglomania’ collection in 1993 amongst other items.
‘Nana’ has been very popular & there have been 2 films & an anime series produced off the back of the original manga. Unfortunately Ai herself became ill in 2009 & she has been unable to work since that time.
I was thinking that maybe a manga biography of Vivienne might work.
Thanking all the ‘Lolita’s’ & I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Lolita style

Ai Yazawa Nana





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4 thoughts on “Lolita Style

  1. Thanks for this lovely post! I’m a friend of Abby’s and I’m so jealous I couldn’t join her on this trip. I wear Lolita fashion too, and I make most of my dresses myself :)

  2. Oh no, this style is absolutely horrid. While I myself enjoyed ‘Nana’ and works alike, this lolita “fashion” is merely a wannabe trend that is twenty times too deep in tacky. I remember it had come up suddenly in Japan a couple years back from my trip there, but it was simply a little group of girls wearing in that sense. It’s like an exaggerated version of “visual kei” for women, based on some borrowed look from porcelain french dolls by Japanese. And the result is awfully childish once the new found human version of the look was put to use on our more western/European companions I might add. There is so much more wrong with this style though, more than just being a fashion trend. Down to the deep history of European features and dress being associated with upper class and true beauty, a mind set that is still prevalent today. That, and the fact that the look is just /bad/.