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TOKYO FASHION STORE PHOTOS: GOTH SWEET LOLITA PUNK & FAIRY KEI BOUTIQUES IN LAFORET, HARAJUKU. NILE PERCH, SEXY DYNAMITE LONDON, H.NAOTO.


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It’s a good thing that all of you love Fairy Kei fashion — because girly 1980s pastels are taking over the streets! A new accessories store, B Be Bee, recently opened in Laforet Harajuku; it’s filled with airy fairy headbands, heart-dangle bracelets and other cute accents. Doesn’t the blue-haired mannequin remind you of DJ Kanon?

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The Nile Perch fairy kei store was packed (it’s also in the basement of Laforet). Who can resist baby girl pop and lovery? Here are more photos of the boutique.

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Laforet’s basement seems to be veering away from traditional Gothic Lolita, in favor of other Harajuku styles. In October, punk plaid took center stage.

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h.NAOTO’s dresses, however, continue to impress. If I could only wear one brand for the rest of my life, it could very well be this one. One day, I’ll pick up one of these $220-350 beauties…

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I’m a fan of Sexy Dynamite London’s bright red hats and punk jackets. What do you think of the evolution of these brands? Any predictions for future trends?

(Many more Gothic Lolita Punk store photos are posted in my Shopping Guide. LA coverage begins tomorrow… watch out!)

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  1. Melanie
    Posted December 2, 2009 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    I really like your article… you do a really nice job! Have you ever thought of applying to be an international shopping consultant? I know that my friend's company, LetsBuyIt.com, is looking for one for next year… you'd be perfect for it if that's what you're into… they need someone to travel to 7 countries (expenses included) and take notes on the shopping cultures in each place… from hat I can see you'd be perfect! If you just google the position name and company, it should pop right up, its pretty well known/competitive…

  2. Melanie
    Posted December 2, 2009 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    I really like your article… you do a really nice job! Have you ever thought of applying to be an international shopping consultant? I know that my friend's company, LetsBuyIt.com, is looking for one for next year… you'd be perfect for it if that's what you're into… they need someone to travel to 7 countries (expenses included) and take notes on the shopping cultures in each place… from hat I can see you'd be perfect! If you just google the position name and company, it should pop right up, its pretty well known/competitive…

  3. Ayame
    Posted December 2, 2009 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    I spot the cute ghosts hanging from the ceiling in the Nile Perch fairy kei shop xD i think the future would have trends that mixes 50s vintage looks and punk? xD just a random guess hehe ^^

    • lacarmina
      Posted December 2, 2009 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

      I think you might be right on. I just got a ridiculous 1950s hat with a giant bow haaha. Loving the era.

  4. Melanie
    Posted December 2, 2009 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    I really like your article… you do a really nice job! Have you ever thought of applying to be an international shopping consultant? I know that my friend’s company, LetsBuyIt.com, is looking for one for next year… you’d be perfect for it if that’s what you’re into… they need someone to travel to 7 countries (expenses included) and take notes on the shopping cultures in each place… from hat I can see you’d be perfect! If you just google the position name and company, it should pop right up, its pretty well known/competitive…

    • lacarmina
      Posted December 2, 2009 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

      Oh wow, what a gig! I think I can’t be tied down to a position like this, however… it takes up all your time commitment and I have some excellent things brewing at the moment… Let’s hope 2010 is a good year!

  5. Melanie
    Posted December 2, 2009 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    I really like your article… you do a really nice job! Have you ever thought of applying to be an international shopping consultant? I know that my friend’s company, LetsBuyIt.com, is looking for one for next year… you’d be perfect for it if that’s what you’re into… they need someone to travel to 7 countries (expenses included) and take notes on the shopping cultures in each place… from hat I can see you’d be perfect! If you just google the position name and company, it should pop right up, its pretty well known/competitive…

  6. lacarmina
    Posted December 2, 2009 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    I think you might be right on. I just got a ridiculous 1950s hat with a giant bow haaha. Loving the era.

  7. lacarmina
    Posted December 2, 2009 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    Oh wow, what a gig! I think I can't be tied down to a position like this, however… it takes up all your time commitment and I have some excellent things brewing at the moment… Let's hope 2010 is a good year!

  8. Ana Hi
    Posted December 2, 2009 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    All is just so pretty! Hehe how much money do you think I should take for my first trip to Japan? lol

  9. Anime Dancer
    Posted December 2, 2009 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    The ultimate heaven. I'm contemplating buying an h.NAOTO piece soon. I've been of fan for years, just never had the cash to do it.

  10. Moon Maiden 90
    Posted December 2, 2009 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    B Be Bee looks kinda nifty =)
    but my style swings to the more h.NAOTO & Sexy Dynamite London… I like that red jacket in the sexy Dynamite store!

  11. lacarmina
    Posted December 2, 2009 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    Hahah bring a lot!! In a way, it's worth the money for the value; once you've flown to Japan, the clothes aren't prohibitively expensive (especially at places like Closet Child).

  12. lacarmina
    Posted December 2, 2009 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    oooh, which one are you thinking of buying? I can vouch that the quality is stunning and you won't get tired of the piece…

  13. lacarmina
    Posted December 2, 2009 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    Red and black! It'd look great on you!

  14. blackfeathers
    Posted December 2, 2009 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    i'm hoping the styles and collections will maintain their goth themes and are just expanding to different styles -not moving away from it. if i can pick one style brand, h.naoto sixh. is my choice.

    as a parallel in the west, cyberdog uk moved away from their first styles in dark clothing, which has become less appealing for many here.

  15. lacarmina
    Posted December 2, 2009 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    I know… it's discouraging that the Moi meme Moitie shop in Marui One closed down (now, the brand is sold only on 1 rack in the store). The Goth club scene is going strong, but the fashion may be becoming less prominent in the stores… ;__l

  16. Ana Hi
    Posted December 2, 2009 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    All is just so pretty! Hehe how much money do you think I should take for my first trip to Japan? lol

    • lacarmina
      Posted December 2, 2009 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

      Hahah bring a lot!! In a way, it’s worth the money for the value; once you’ve flown to Japan, the clothes aren’t prohibitively expensive (especially at places like Closet Child).

  17. Anime Dancer
    Posted December 2, 2009 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    The ultimate heaven. I’m contemplating buying an h.NAOTO piece soon. I’ve been of fan for years, just never had the cash to do it.

    • lacarmina
      Posted December 2, 2009 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

      oooh, which one are you thinking of buying? I can vouch that the quality is stunning and you won’t get tired of the piece…

      • Anime Dancer
        Posted December 3, 2009 at 6:54 am | Permalink

        Haha…I’m not really sure just yet, to be honest. There was a jacket I was looking at awhile back, but I need more pants/skirts. We’ll see. Definitely can’t go wrong with anything either way.

  18. Moon Maiden 90
    Posted December 2, 2009 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    B Be Bee looks kinda nifty =)
    but my style swings to the more h.NAOTO & Sexy Dynamite London… I like that red jacket in the sexy Dynamite store!

  19. blackfeathers
    Posted December 2, 2009 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

    i’m hoping the styles and collections will maintain their goth themes and are just expanding to different styles -not moving away from it. if i can pick one style brand, h.naoto sixh. is my choice.

    as a parallel in the west, cyberdog uk moved away from their first styles in dark clothing, which has become less appealing for many here.

    • lacarmina
      Posted December 2, 2009 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

      I know… it’s discouraging that the Moi meme Moitie shop in Marui One closed down (now, the brand is sold only on 1 rack in the store). The Goth club scene is going strong, but the fashion may be becoming less prominent in the stores… ;__l

      • Ayame
        Posted December 3, 2009 at 1:17 am | Permalink

        I agree. After so many years of being in the EGL scene, I realised that it’s beginning to step down a little and Punk is starting to take the stage now, but I can see that some are starting to mix a few genres together and it actually looks good :D

      • shichi
        Posted December 3, 2009 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

        I could be wrong but it seemed like the Moi Meme Moitie line wasn’t really evolving to stay relevant. The next decade’s Gothic Aristocrat and Gothic Lolita could be the brighter colors that Alice and the Pirates is promoting through Versailles. Actually the fact that we can even talk about GA/GL entering a third decade is impressive. Fashions never last that long.

  20. Ayame
    Posted December 2, 2009 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    I agree. After so many years of being in the EGL scene, I realised that it's beginning to step down a little and Punk is starting to take the stage now, but I can see that some are starting to mix a few genres together and it actually looks good :D

  21. Njeskin
    Posted December 2, 2009 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    so gorgeous

  22. Murbela
    Posted December 2, 2009 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    Woah, expensive, but $$$=quality I guess… and pretty pics of Basil, heh. Thx for the reply :)

  23. Njeskin
    Posted December 3, 2009 at 1:23 am | Permalink

    so gorgeous

  24. Murbela
    Posted December 3, 2009 at 1:23 am | Permalink

    Woah, expensive, but $$$=quality I guess… and pretty pics of Basil, heh. Thx for the reply :)

  25. Jen
    Posted December 2, 2009 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

    I'd probably wear h.NAOTO too if price wasn't an issue. Or any of the S-inc brands really. I never thought my mother and I would agree on a style, but she loves h.NAOTO Blood and gouk. I'm also a big fan of Putumayo.

  26. Kaguya
    Posted December 2, 2009 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    h.NAOTO is liked by a lot of my friends^^
    One of the friend like FRILL series very much.

  27. Anime Dancer
    Posted December 2, 2009 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    Haha…I'm not really sure just yet, to be honest. There was a jacket I was looking at awhile back, but I need more pants/skirts. We'll see. Definitely can't go wrong with anything either way.

  28. lacarmina
    Posted December 2, 2009 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    Exactly, you can't go wrong…

  29. lacarmina
    Posted December 2, 2009 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    Funny — my mother also likes the Japanese Gothic brands because the clothes are well made (and that's what matters to her). My “emo boy” top is by h.NAOTO Blood — love it. http://www.lacarmina.com/blog/2009/11/film-stil

  30. lacarmina
    Posted December 2, 2009 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    Frill is one of my favorite Gothic Lolita looks… the delicate layers are beautiful.

  31. Jen
    Posted December 3, 2009 at 5:32 am | Permalink

    I’d probably wear h.NAOTO too if price wasn’t an issue. Or any of the S-inc brands really. I never thought my mother and I would agree on a style, but she loves h.NAOTO Blood and gouk. I’m also a big fan of Putumayo.

  32. Kaguya
    Posted December 3, 2009 at 6:54 am | Permalink

    h.NAOTO is liked by a lot of my friends^^
    One of the friend like FRILL series very much.

    • lacarmina
      Posted December 3, 2009 at 6:56 am | Permalink

      Frill is one of my favorite Gothic Lolita looks… the delicate layers are beautiful.

  33. All Women Stalker
    Posted December 3, 2009 at 6:13 am | Permalink

    I'm kinda new to the Japanese fashion scene so you'd understand how I've never heard of h.NAOTO. But that won't stop me from admiring their dresses. They look so yummy!

    -Denise

  34. shichi
    Posted December 3, 2009 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    I could be wrong but it seemed like the Moi Meme Moitie line wasn't really evolving to stay relevant. The next decade's Gothic Aristocrat and Gothic Lolita could be the brighter colors that Alice and the Pirates is promoting through Versailles. Actually the fact that we can even talk about GA/GL entering a third decade is impressive. Fashions never last that long.

  35. All Women Stalker
    Posted December 3, 2009 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    I’m kinda new to the Japanese fashion scene so you’d understand how I’ve never heard of h.NAOTO. But that won’t stop me from admiring their dresses. They look so yummy!

    -Denise

  36. lacarmina
    Posted December 3, 2009 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    They are indeed amazing… there are more h.NAOTO photos here http://www.lacarmina.com/blog/2008/04/hnaoto-h-

  37. All Women Stalker
    Posted December 3, 2009 at 10:18 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for that link. It's pretty far back so I wouldn't have seen it.

    -Denise

  38. gilimalili
    Posted December 4, 2009 at 4:13 am | Permalink

    B Be Bee looks really cool.

  39. Anonymous
    Posted December 4, 2009 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    B Be Bee looks really cool.

  40. Seiran
    Posted December 5, 2009 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    Fairy kei looks awesome… I wanna try it someday~
    But I'm most fond of Sexy Dynamite London more than h.NAOTO… I do love h.NAOTO but SDL is more… sophisticated… to me at least (I still like h.Naoto though ^^)

  41. Seiran
    Posted December 5, 2009 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

    Fairy kei looks awesome… I wanna try it someday~
    But I’m most fond of Sexy Dynamite London more than h.NAOTO… I do love h.NAOTO but SDL is more… sophisticated… to me at least (I still like h.Naoto though ^^)

  42. rubyredshoes
    Posted December 6, 2009 at 2:51 am | Permalink

    Oh Laforet how I love you, but how expensive you are compared to other stores in Harajuku. I wish I could actually ever have the patients to save up and be able to buy at these stores but I always get sucked into the cheapness of others

  43. Anonymous
    Posted December 6, 2009 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    Oh Laforet how I love you, but how expensive you are compared to other stores in Harajuku. I wish I could actually ever have the patients to save up and be able to buy at these stores but I always get sucked into the cheapness of others

  44. rubyredshoes
    Posted December 6, 2009 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    Oh Laforet how I love you, but how expensive you are compared to other stores in Harajuku. I wish I could actually ever have the patients to save up and be able to buy at these stores but I always get sucked into the cheapness of others

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