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Pacific Media Expo - 2010
diggin the hair
thevixenne
Never fear if you missed this year's Anime Expo.  The Pacific Media Expo is back in L.A. at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport:

http://pacificmediaexpo.info/2011/index.php

D, a VK band will be there:

http://pacificmediaexpo.info/2011/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=96&Itemid=56
http://www.facebook.com/D.Officialpage

As will dolldelight creatrix Cyril Lumboy, who focuses on the Wa Lolita style:

http://www.facebook.com/dolldelightpage

You already know I'm there!  Hope maybe to see some of you there as well. I'll be the one in the Steampunk goggles affixed to my velvet riding hat.

AWA!
nana
kaede_h
Anybody here going to AWA this weekend?

"Black Diamonds and Pearls" is up!
kodachi148
Okies everyone, the series I've been yammering about, Black Diamonds and Pearls, is currently happening with already two Black lolita columns, Angry_Chick and Amanikitty. Next week will be the blogger of Princessly Living and then a The Arts which maps out Black lolita blogs, sites and other usual lolita stuff on the web and off.

Here are the current columns on Black Diamonds and Pearls:
EDIT (New Post) "That's Cute, But..." (Felysion/Princessly Living)
Move Throughout Worlds (Amanikitty)
Finally Arrived (Angry_Chick)
Black Diamonds and Pearls (Me)

Anyone that wanted to write a column but couldn't make the deadline can save them for March, where I'll have another series (I'll prolly do two a year) called "Comin' Straight Outta Your Monolith" where they'll still be vaild. :3

Last Call: Black Diamonds and Pearls
kodachi148

Alright, September is quickly upon us and while I should have done this a while ago, other stuff got in the way. This is a last call for any Black lolitas who would like to write a guest column for my blog/column Black Witch. Here's what you need to know I would like anyone to produce a column-length post (2-3 pages, well written, normal font) about how do you feel about:

  • Being Black
  • The perception of Blackness in mainstream and alternative culture
  • What being a lolita means to you
  • How did you get into the fashion style
  • Are you part of any other fashion styles
  • What are your experiences in the lolita style and how does it compares to experiences in other styles or areas of life

Answer as much as you can (you don't have to hit on every point I just listed if you can't) and send it to me at thisblackwitch [at] hotmail.com with Black Lolita Series in the subject line. I already have tapped a few people on the shoulders to write but if you have a store, blog or brand, mention those too and with a link to what you do.

Already noted:

Blogs/Vlogs/Tumblr
Fairy Chaos
Princess Lovely
Shades of Lolita
Dreaming In Lolita
Delightful Charm
Sakura Moments

Shops/Accessories
Black Tulip Shop
Blasphemina
Nero's Deco Shop
Bubble Cafe

Thanks everyone! 



Afro Punk Festival: Who's going?
Bleeding hearts
kodachi148

Sooooo, the Afro-Punk Festival is next month (Aug 27-28) and it's free in NYC and it's gonna have acts like Cee-Lo Green, Janelle Monae, Santigold and Fishbone and stuff. Who's going. I am!

I dunno what the weather's gonna be like (besides hot but last year's was quite enjoyable) but I will be wearing casual lolita on Sat (Aug 27) and a yellow Afro-Punk shirt on Sun. (Aug 28). I'll be working the festival since I'm one of the contributors and I'm super excited to see Janelle Monae, I'm such a big fan of her music, I could fangirl about her allllllll day. I'm also chipper to see Cee-Lo Green too but I wanna know: are any Black lolitas going to come?  We could have a mini meet or something. :3

Oh and so I don't have to make a second post:

My blog Black Witch is right now gathering people who want to take part in the full-month series of Black lolitas called "Black Diamonds and Pearls" which will go live in September.
 
What I need is for you is to contact me if you want in on this. I would like anyone to produce a column length post (2-3 pages, well written, normal font) about how do you feel about being Black, the perception of Blackness in mainstream and alternative culture, what being a lolita means to you, how did you get into the fashion style, are you part of any other fashion styles and what are your experiences in the lolita style as well as how does it compares to experiences in other styles or areas of life. Answer as much as you can (you don't have to hit on every point I just listed if you can't) and send it to me at thisblackwitch [at] hotmail.com with Black Lolita Series in the subject line.
 
I already know I will be tapping a few people on the shoulders to have interviews with but if you have a store, blog or a brand and you would also like to be contacted, please let me know via email with a link to your store. Thanks everyone! 


Introduction
happy_data
 Hi! I'm Kendra and I'm a new Lolita of Color.

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The Vixenne's Adventures at Anime Expo 2011
diggin the hair
thevixenne

Yes, it has taken two weeks to "recover" from all the wonderful geekiness that was Anime Expo.  In spite of being the proud (and broke) owner of a Nook, I prefer to keep my manga physical.  Which explains why I went a little crazy at the DMP booth, LOL!  I was a little sad that Netcomics didn't make an appearance, since I'm totally hooked on their Korean manhwa titles like Let Dai and 100% Perfect Girl.  I'm a little bummed that I missed meeting voice actor Patrick Seitz, whose voice portrayal of George from Paradise Kiss ranks right up there with Brian Drummond's panty-melting Zechs Merquise (Gundam Wing) and Crispin Freeman (Last Exile and Ergo Proxy).

I met so many awesome people and saw some amazing cosplay by fans of all colors.  The only downer was that I was decked out in my J-Rock/Visual Kei finest and didn't get a picture.  Normally I shy away from cameras, but I have to admit that I looked pretty awesome, LOL.  Oh well.  Here's some of the pics I did snap:

  s17.photobucket.com/albums/b77/TheVixenne/Anime%20Expo%202011/

Of course, the Lolita contingent were out in full force and it's just way awesome to see so many Lolis of color really getting into the look and doing it so well.  I love that spirit of DIY that is such a huge part of Western Lolita culture.  These young ladies (and gentlemen) aren't waiting for the Japanese brands to wake up and smell the miso; they're stitching, hot-gluing, embroidering and beading  clothing and accessories for themselves and others.  I had the chance to meet and chat with two awesome Lolita/Steampunk costumers of color--Saleemah of Sultry Vamps and Raven of Sanguine Threads:


Sanguine Threads.
Raven's mini-top hats are awesome!  She also does custom goth, lolita and other sub-culture fashions.  She and I hit it off because we're both old school D&D geeks and glitter-goths.  Oh, and she also had these awesome handmade, triple-stitched convention tote bags that had I not spent major bucks at the Angry Little Girls booth, I would have cheerfully splurged.  I will anyway.   Check out her site here:  http://sanguinethreads.zxq.net/.

Sultry Vamps is your one-stop shop for everything Sweet Lolita, and I do mean sweet.  This was Saleemah's first year as a booth owner and if you ask me, I think she was a hit:

 

Saleemah (Isn't she cute???)
 
My niece Ashley fell in love with the look and she wants to go Loli next year.  That's great because Sultry Vamps does custom work too for all sizes.  I love that.  Contact her at SultryVamps@gmail.com.

Oh, the Pacific Media Expo has returned to the L.A. Hilton Hotel after being in Pasadena last year.  If you've never attended PMX, it's really fun and a lot of Lolitas meet up there:

http://pacificmediaexpo.info/2011/


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N. K. Krupskaya
angry_chick


http://iamsogothiwasbornblack.tumblr.com/

Some of you may love this shit here. Not totally Lolita-related, but there are Lolita-esque photographs in here, as well as Victorian-era photographs, goth-related stuffs and things that we love.

Introduction :D
nomnompiez
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Call for Models/Designers for J-Fashion Show
lolita - derby wedding
traeonna
Posted with permission from angry_chick.


Anime World Chicago wants to showcase the Japanese and Asian-inspired fashions. They are looking for designers and models for their J-Fashion Show. They are seeking creators and models to demonstrate the following styles:

* All Lolita styles (sweet, gothic, classic, punk, wa, hime, guro, ouji, boystyle, country, EGL/EGA, etc.)
* All Gal styles (gyaru, ganguro, oneegyaru, kogyaru, manba, gyaru-kei, banba, etc.)
* Decora
* Mori girl
* Visual Kei
* Fairy-kei
* Dolly-kei
* Brand, Off-Brand, Indie Japanese/-inspired fashions
* Other street fashions you suggest!

MODELS WITH WARDROBE: Please write a few sentences about the fashion you're representing (what characterizes that style) and your own outfit (if you made it, bought it, etc.). This will be read while you walk the runway.

MODELS WITHOUT WARDROBE: If you'd love to be a model, send them your info and they'll try to match you up with a designer so you can model their creations in the show.

DESIGNERS: They can match you up with a model. They will also announce you as the creator when the outfit is shown on stage.

PROFESSIONAL COMMISSION ARTISTS: Contribute an outfit for a model to wear in our show and they'll announce your company as the creator during the show as well as give you free space to display fliers or business cards so attendees can pick them up.

If you would like to be involved, please email programming@animeworldexpos.com. Tell them which of the above categories you fit into. Include the fashion you'd like to represent, and if possible, attach or include a link to a photograph or design sketch of your outfit.

Details found at http://www.animeworldchicago.com/events/fashion-show/

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