Sunday, March 20, 2011

Scraps: Autumn Equestrian

I just want to make one little post before my exams (so... I suppose no posts for two weeks) and it'll be pretty short. 

So basically this is just a really random post because I was drawing to avoid studying for exams. I'm no art student nor do I have an artistic hand, so this is going to look pretty horrible but I am  WAS proud of my colouring until it showed up weird when I scanned it! Also, I don't do anything fashion-related at school (I love my sciences...)

Going on a tangent, that just reminded me of the Ace Attorney games and this character called Ema Skye (in English), I think I'm more like her than any other character in terms of my interests, I mean she's so into science that she aspires to become a forensic scientist and you'll never see her out of her lab coat (personality-wise... not so much). Jeez, my geekiness kicked in.

 Actually, what I just drew looks like what she's wearing (except it isn't a uniform):
Blouse: check
Vest/Waistcoat: check
Plaid skirt: check
Science lab coat:... I would like one though

So here's my little scribble:  

I wasn't prepared with a design in my head so you could see that I changed my mind when I started scribbling on the green with red, hoping to get a nice pattern until I decided to go for plaid. Nor did I bother colouring in the wonky shoes or the blouse. 

Also, it isn't a unique design (I didn't plan to draw my own design anyway) but it gives you a picture of what I think is stylish.

Markers: Copic (Yeah... really nice markers I got from a friend because my sister wanted them but she decided not to use them. When your art skills are pretty horrible, it doesn't do justice)
Paper: From my year 7/8 art diary... 

Picture credits: here

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

'Round the World #2: Dolly Kei

Hello there! 

I thought I would do a short post on Dolly Kei since it is so similar to Mori Girl - those styles pretty much revolve around vintage clothing. So basically Dolly Kei is mainly focused on an ethnic look. So it's more like an Gypsy/ Eastern European/ Russian doll look. To be honest, I'm pretty fond of this look - I think it's pretty cute. 

Don't you think it's rather cute? The colours are more vivid than Mori girl, so you have your forest greens, reds and purples, maroon but they're not over-the-top bright. You also have some earthen tones like brown and gold.

So, if you want to dress in Dolly Kei, think of Matryoshka dolls.

Photo credits: here & here

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

'Round the World #1: Mori Girl

I've been meaning to do a series of posts which focus on alternative fashion and so this will be the first post. I'm also aware that most alternative fashion are also lifestyles but I won't be going into that. This is my interpretation of the styles, so I'm deeply sorry if I get something wrong (some of them have strict rules). Partly why alternative fashion interests me is because fashion is used for making a statement. Just like mainstream fashion, they also have trends too but mainstream fashion relies on the runways to create trends.

Mori girl, 森ガール, (lit. forest girl) is a Japanese subculture (so it's more like a lifestyle). It focuses on being "natural" and I'd describe it as whimsical, woodland fairy-like and perhaps grandma-chic. It's basically  vintage clothing, knits and crocheted lace, loose-fitting dresses that reach below the knee (at least nothing way above the knee). Mori girl tends to be quite neutral in colour, so earthen tones like your ivory, camel, browns. Basically any colour that isn't blindingly bright will do but neutral colours are worn to get that "natural" look.

Because it is not very "flashy" (if you know what I mean...) like some Japanese styles, it's pretty easy to achieve the look seeing as vintage has become fashionable (ie. Alexa Chung). The pictures above show outfits suitable for walking down the street, shopping, etc. 

Of course, it can get a little more over the top. 

Although there isn't much difference, there's a thin line about what is commonly accepted on the streets of Sydney (or elsewhere) and what is accepted in Tokyo. (Of course, this doesn't mean you can't wear OTT. What I mean by commonly accepted is what an average person would wear on a day out) 

Basically for a Mori girl outfit:
Flowy, oversized dresses in neutral or pastel(in this case a skirt). Ruffles and lace are a plus and make it really feminine. Be modest in the way you dress (so nothing way above the knee, ie. mini skirts). Asymmetrical is good too (gives that fairy-like look) 

 As for socks and stockings, be a little childish and go for lacy ones, or striped ones. Remember to keep it neutral so no neon tights. As for shoes, go for brown shoes and if they're vintage, that's better. Clogs would probably work too. 

As for winter, any sort of earthen tone jacket should do. If it's really cold, then fur (faux or real). Earmuffs are definitely really cute for those who have really cold winters (doesn't matter if you don't want to dress like a Mori girl).  

Photo credits: Mostly from mag scans of SPOON and Mori Girl. Also here and here.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Trend: Leopard Print

First of all, I have to say this: I was never a fan of animal themed trends, whether it be faux fur or animal print. It was just my personal preference.

I know it's a little late to be talking about this trend, seeing at it was a trend for fall/winter 2010-2011 but in Australia, we're late with trends. Leopard print is back and it's everywhere from blazers, cardigans, tops, dresses, skirts to bags, shoes and scarves - you name it.

Leopard print is quite daring and sexy, which doesn't really suit my style (I'm never daring... more conservative and striving for cute). However, I've changed my mind and I think it can be classy if worn correctly. 

Audrey Hepburn in a leopard print hat - an example of classy and cute.

I've also seen leopard print in dramas. I'm pretty sure Aria from Pretty Little Liars wore a leopard print cardigan (which I had posted in my previous post). Anyway, there's also Dream High's Suzy in a green leopard print sweater, which was kinda ugly but it's weirdly cute on her.

Not to forget that Jennifer Hawkins wore leopard print for Myer's Autumn/Winter Fashion Show. It's more like snow leopard... and it's sexy and daring while still remaining classy with that 50s-ish silhouette (or is it the 60s?)

I think I would consider a leopard print scarf... or a cardigan but that's as far as I would go. Even a headband is okay but I wouldn't wear a leopard print dress.

Also, only choose ONE garment of leopard print - don't wear it full on. Allow me to elaborate if you don't understand: if you look at how people pull off leopard print, it's just ONE garment. Don't go off in a leopard print dress and a leopard print cardigan: it's an eyesore.

Photo credits: here, here & here