(Me looking more or less goofy)
Good evening, everyone!
Sorry again for not being able to update my blog entries. My life has been very busy lately, as always. However, I hope that everyone has spent lots of wonderful time and are now waiting for Christmas - or atleast I'm so waiting my vacation to start. I have been working and studying like a crazy person, as usual in my case. Always remember: education is important, but it's even more important to take care of your health and rest every once in a while. Without your health you have nothing.
For now on, I will be updating my blog entries more often. Actually, I have planned to create "12 steps to become a (gothic) aristocrat" themed entries now before New Year, meaning that I will be updating now almost every day. This will be the plan of mine - almost like a Christmas calendar:
23.12.: "Style icons and inspiration."
24.12.: "Different styles."
25.12.: "Basic clothes: skirts, pants and dresses"
25.12.: "Basic clothes: blouses, corsets and vests"
25.12.: "Basic clothes: outer and shoes"
26.12.: "Basic clothes: hats, bags, gloves, jewellery, umbrellas and other accessories"
27.12.: "EGA and Moi-même-Moitié, Atelier Boz and other brands"
27.12.: "Dramatic and casual aristocrat - proper clothes for school/work?"
28.12.: "Photoshoots, shooting locations and poses"
28.01.: "How to behave like an aristocrat?"
??.01.: "Aristocratic style in my way, make up and hair (tutorials)"
??.01.: "A mystery video"
I hope you will be looking forward to my texts and ask me if there's something to ask about. Concrit will be highly appreciated, as always. Always feel free to share your opinions with me.
It's actually quite funny, or even confusing, to write these texts because, believe it or not, I do still consider myself as a beginner when it comes to lolita and aristocrat.. Kind of funny, but maybe it's good that you are able to feel that there's always something to improve, right? And, as I tend to think, we need more aristocratic, gothic and other beauty in this world. So, atleast I'm able to share some of my thoughts, opinions and knowledge for people to read. We all should stick together to show to the world how beautiful ideology this all has behind.
"STYLE ICONS AND INSPIRATION"
Aristocrat is a style with less well known style icons than lolita has. However, many of the aristocratic style icons are involved with lolita style too. No wonder since both of these styles are considered as so to called "Japanese street fashions" and were mainly invented in Japan - although the inspiration itself to these styles and clothes comes from Europe. European goth culture, victorian fashion, Rococo, high fashion and even modern Nordic design have been inspiring many Japanese, and Western, designers and style icons.
Before you can start with your own style, you must have a sort of an idea in your mind about what kind of style you're looking for. That's why there are style icons and other inspirational people and inspiring things in general to help you out with the decision.
So, let's start from the most common ones. These are all my own style icons, so if there's someone else that you think could be an amazing style icon for other people too, let us know about this person!
(Style icon is a person that whose style you find very inspiring. Hair, make up, colours, clothes and person's attitude/personality are all very relevant when it comes to iconizing. Style icon should be admired by you atleast on some of these levels - or some other level.)
(ex. Malice Mizer, Moi dix Mois, Moi-même-Moitié)
Mana is a person that every gothic lolita and aristocrat should know. For a long time he has been one of the biggest lolita and aristocrat icons and has his own brand called Moi-même-Moitié (When I buy clothes, those are usually Moitié's). His music is also one big part of my style inspiration too, so if you want to listen one of my favourite songs from Malice Mizer (+Moi dix Mois), go few steps down on my text and click the link.
(~Versailles Philharmonic Quintet~, solo artist, ex. HIZAKI Grace project)
(~Versailles Philharmonic Quintet~, ex. Lareine)
(excellent example for more masculine aristocrat - by the way, aristocrat doesn't have to be as decorative as Kamijo's style is)
(Japanese solo artist, ex. Malice Mizer)
(I recommend you to make yourself familiar with them if you haven't done so yet. Try to find their songs from Youtube, for example.)
(solo artist, Eve of Destiny, ex. Malice Mizer)
Gothic&Lolita Bible Scans and other lolita brand related things:
I recommend that you google for more pics since my computer will go ballistic if I try to add more pictures on this entry. I'm sorry. Feel free to ask me for pictures, if interested and I will try my best to give you links that might show you a huge variety of different pictures and scans. One of my favourite tumblrs is "A Gothic Lolita's Memoir". Seek for more inspiration there.
(You know why I buy Vogue magazines monthly. Not only because I'm a model myself, but also because many of the most artistic and that way the most inspiring pictures can be found from there. And the best thing in those pics is that the girls are about the same height as I am, they are Western and they have same body structure too (meaning that I'm tall and skinny, pfft..), so I often get very inspired while looking at the pictures - editorial or not. I remember that, not a long time ago, gothic look was in fashion too! I even might have a vogue almost filled with black clothing and dramatic make up... *tries to find it* So, buy a Vogue (French Vogue is the best, believe me) and get inspired!)
Views, buildings, etc (as you can see anything and everything can be considered as inspiration because of the feeling that you get from those - atmosphere):
As you can see from the pictures below, aristocrat (and lolita too) is a style with lots of historical vibes in it. Victorian era in its complete bloom, romantic paintings, horror stories that got their start in the early beginning 19th century, old mansions, weather in its every form, luxurious interiors, candles, flowers, elegance... I could continue the list forever, but the main point in these pictures is the romantic and elegant vibe and atmosphere that you get from those. No wonder EGA includes the word "Elegant".
And then last, but not least.. Music:
I'll give you only one link because this is one of the songs that have been inspiring me the most in my own styles - I know it's a bit old song and that, yeah, everyone knows Malice Mizer, but this song is truly important for me. It has so many lovely memories attached to it.
And remember, inspiration can be anything. :)
I will be writing my other text about different styles tomorrow already. Hopefully you will be looking forward to that.
Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year to everyone!
*lots of hugs*
With best wishes,
P.S. I apologize for my crappy English skills..