BUST MAGAZINE FEATURE: FASHION NATION, LA CARMINA BLOGGER INTERVIEW. WOMEN’S LIFESTYLE, BEAUTY, STYLE.


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Kittycats, I have a full-page color photo and interview in the October/November issue of Bust Magazine!

It’s an honor to be featured in a magazine devoted to strong women and real beauty. Thanks to Lisa and Tricia for asking me to take part, and to Joseph Wong and Jim Ollett for shooting these vibrant photos in Tokyo.

BUST MAGAZINE FEATURE: FASHION NATION, LA CARMINA FEATURED BLOGGER. WOMEN'S LIFESTYLE, BEAUTY, STYLE. women's lifestyle magazine, crafts, how-to projects, famous fashion bloggers, top fashion blogs, make money, lumete sunglasses, big british party hat, garden party hats, feminist magazine, fashion nation, fashion magazine feature, fashion bloggers money, monetization, algonquins dress japan, punk fashion japanese, goth style, red emo hair, scene queen hairstyles

Dress: Algonquins, from Closet Child Shinjuku. I love the unique layering and alternative accents in this design.
Red skull and apple rings: from Closet Child too.
Silver and red spider necklace and bracelet: gifted by Strange Freak, a Japanese alternative jewelry brand closely associated with J-rock aritsts. The design is a tribute to Hide, the deceased guitarist of seminal Visual Kei band, X Japan.
“Red queen” sunglasses: gifted by Lumete, a rocking indie eyewear designer based in NYC.
Black flower hair clip: gifted from Sourpuss, an alt clothing company.
Pirate headband and black strand necklace: gifted by Soho Hearts
Strappy shoes: Yosuke, from the “shoe heaven” store of Marui One department store in Shinjuku

BUST MAGAZINE FEATURE: FASHION NATION, LA CARMINA FEATURED BLOGGER. WOMEN'S LIFESTYLE, BEAUTY, STYLE. women's lifestyle magazine, crafts, how-to projects, famous fashion bloggers, top fashion blogs, make money, lumete sunglasses, big british party hat, garden party hats, algonquins dress japan, punk fashion japanese, goth style, red emo hair, scene queen hairstyles

Here are the full answers to my interview questions for BUST Magazine.

Q: How would you describe your overall style? Has it changed?
A: Morticia Addams meets Hello Kitty. My world revolves around alternative fashion, travel, Japanese pop culture, and all things spooky-cute. Ever since I was one year old, I travelled yearly to Hong Kong and Asia with my family. In my early teens, I visited Tokyo and my mind was blown open by the stunning Visual Kei, Gothic Lolita and Harajuku Punk styles I saw. I was drawn to alt subcultures: they represented a safe space where misfits (like me) could band together, and celebrate how we were different from the rest. I’ve been dabbling in Gothic and other subculture aesthetics since then. I rarely dress head-to-toe in one style, such as Goth, Steampunk, or Lolita. I like to draw upon different looks and make them into my own.

Q: What are your influences?
I’m mesmerized by the Rococo glam of Visual Kei bands like GPKISM, Malice Mizer. I love Japanese kawaii (cute) makeup and mascots, such as Chococat and Rilakkuma. Above all, I’m inspired and awed by my ultra-creative circle of friends, especially those who take part in the Tokyo underground creative scene. Nothing compares to the creative, experimental, DIY fashion in Japan’s Goth/cyber/gay/alternative club scene. It’s out of this world. (You can get a glimpse of it via my Japan clubbing guide photos and reports.)

BUST MAGAZINE FEATURE: FASHION NATION, LA CARMINA FEATURED BLOGGER. WOMEN'S LIFESTYLE, BEAUTY, STYLE. women's lifestyle magazine, crafts, how-to projects, famous fashion bloggers, top fashion blogs, make money, lumete sunglasses, big british party hat, garden party hats, algonquins dress japan, punk fashion japanese, goth style, red emo hair, feminist magazine, fashion nation, fashion magazine feature, fashion bloggers money, monetization, scene queen hairstyles

Q: What are differences between fashion cultures in the West and and Japan? Why do you think Japan in particular breeds such interesting style tribes?
It’s fascinating how Tokyo street style is often inspired by Western pop culture and given a uniquely Japanese twist. For example, Fairy Kei style is all about 1980s pastel kitsch. Think My Little Pony and Jem and the Holograms; tutu skirts and scrunchies. Perhaps the historical culture of vivid festivals, geisha makeup and Noh dramas bred the highly Visual styling and layering in Japanese street fashion today. In the past few years, more people outside Japan have been discovering Tokyo street style — Gothic Lolita, Visual Kei, Gyaru. I’m excited to see Japanese alternative fashion continue to make an impact worldwide.

BUST MAGAZINE FEATURE: FASHION NATION, LA CARMINA FEATURED BLOGGER. WOMEN'S LIFESTYLE, BEAUTY, STYLE. women's lifestyle magazine, crafts, how-to projects, famous fashion bloggers, top fashion blogs, make money, lumete sunglasses, big british party hat, garden party hats, algonquins dress japan, feminist magazine, fashion nation, fashion magazine feature, fashion bloggers money, monetization, punk fashion japanese, goth style, red emo hair, scene queen hairstyles

Q: Any favorite designers? Do they inspire your style?
Harajuku is my favorite neighborhood in Tokyo for clothing and accessories. Here, you’ll find the most exciting Goth Lolita Punk / Visual Kei / Cyber Rave fashion in the world. While Harajuku has
gotten more commercial lately, there are still independent little stores, such as the Yellow House boutique that has been run by an old lady for over 20 years. The basement of Laforet Department Store has some of my favorite brands, including Alice & the Pirates, Atelier Pierrot, Victorian Maiden, Putumayo and h.NAOTO. I love the dark, aristocratic, past-era styling of these brands. Alice in Wonderland, Dracula, Gothic novels. They represent a romantic-horror dream world that appeals to my aesthetics.

BUST MAGAZINE FEATURE: FASHION NATION, LA CARMINA FEATURED BLOGGER. WOMEN'S LIFESTYLE, BEAUTY, STYLE. women's lifestyle magazine, crafts, how-to projects, famous fashion bloggers, top fashion blogs, make money, lumete sunglasses, big british party hat, garden party hats, algonquins dress japan, punk fashion japanese, goth style, red emo hair, scene queen hairstyles

Here’s an alternate outfit that I submitted.
Gothic dress: h.NAOTO, from Closet Child
British hat: from a store in New York’s fabric district. The whole neighbourhood is full of fun trimmings and fabrics; I love to pick up items to spruce up my clothes in DIY projects.
Cut-out boots: Yosuke, a Japanese designer who makes Goth Lolita footwear, from Marui 0101.

BUST MAGAZINE FEATURE: FASHION NATION, LA CARMINA FEATURED BLOGGER. WOMEN'S LIFESTYLE, BEAUTY, STYLE. women's lifestyle magazine, crafts, how-to projects, famous fashion bloggers, top fashion blogs, make money, lumete sunglasses, big british party hat, garden party hats, algonquins dress japan, punk fashion japanese, goth style, red emo hair, scene queen hairstyles

Which outfit do you like better? Have you ever read Bust Magazine? Pick up the current issue to see me in it.

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  • 8423

     (・㍊・) wooot!

  • James

    Outfits are awesome.

  • Christa

    Awesome!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1361825900 Elle Ello-Kitty Knight

    I would wear that adorable hat with the black and white dress. :) Prettehh!! :D

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      Thanks!

  • Sherryyuki

    I love your first black and white outfit. So cute!!!!

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      The photographers were awesome :)

  • Joshua

    This is made of triple awesomeness!

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      awww yay!

  • Stuart

    Bien travaille, maman…vous etes formidable!

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      merci!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Didymus-Siculus/100000490993930 Didymus Siculus

    Morticia Addams meets Hello Kitty!  Love it!

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      Meowwwwwwwww :D

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_REU4POMH3KKRB22TMWASNHPBHM Elaine

    Your outfits are so much fun!! I get so excited each time you post a new blog because your wardrobe looks like so much fun to wear! :D 

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      yayy so happy! I hope you like the upcoming outfits from Tokyo (with my NEW hair!)

  • Cece

    you are a true representation of Harajuku, I love the look

  • Maximilio

    amazing!☆

  • Dani

     If you ever need a room to hold a fashion show, I’ve got just the place for you!

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      Sweet!

  • Jimmy

    oh my, both are way bangin

  • Cecilia

    they’re both gorgeus *0*

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      <3 <3

  • Zaher

    Loving the skulls, the hair, the hat.. EVERYTHING!

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      thanks!

  • Violetc

    superb

  • Stfan

    wow!

  • Isabella

     U look stunning! :D

  • kimika

    carmina you are amazing~! LOVE that black skirt. i wish i could wear that kind of look! <33

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      <3 <3 Many thanks!

  • Jessie

    You were so stylish wearing h. NAOTO! Their clothes sure fit you very well.

  • Molly

    i’m so proud of you!i read bust’s bookwhen i was 12it shaped my style

  • Louis

     You look great and with your pigtails also.

  • MRM

    Like another redhead the Japanese love! From Green Gables!

  • Tracy

    AHHH… MY FAV Magazine!!! You are so RAD Lady!! WTG!!!! ♥

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Ledesma/100001793472769 David Ledesma

    wicked

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      <3

  • B&B Brugge

    wow awesome posting for fashion. really pretty look and beautiful your all dresses . amazing your blogs i like it

    B&B Brugge