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KAWAII GOTH OUTFIT: BANANA FISH GHOST DRESS, CUTE CAT SCARF & BUNNY PURSE.

Goth couple, Marilyn Manson long emo hair and white pupils, gothic spooky and scary Halloween contact lenses.

La Carmina is in serious need of a kawaii intervention – and no, I’m not talking about the boy (who actually looks quite Marilyn Manson-esque in this photo. Only Jimi can pull off the no-pupils look without contacts or Photoshop.) These are outtakes from our visit to Christon, the Jesus-themed restaurant in Shibuya… you’ll have to wait until the book comes out to see the rest.

Cute cat scarf from Japan, purple furry scarf with animal head, Hello Kitty character. Weird and crazy scarf from Tokyo.

Back to the subject at hand: cute overload. I’ve become obsessed with clothes that look like adorable animals or anime denizens. It began with a black faux-fur scarf with a fox’s head attached, which I found at Shibuya 109 (aka Gal Heaven) but could not afford (it was around $210). Fortunately, I found a $20 substitute in a Shimokitazawa accessories shop. Can’t you picture Oscar Wilde making a late entrance at a party with a dead purple cat draped around his neck?

On the same trip to Shimokitazawa, I fell for this $70 Banana Fish one-piece dress. The store clerk explained that the “pockets” were entirely non-functional and represented this ghostly creature’s “flippers”; I immediately took out my credit card. The black bunny purse is a $20 find from Key Word in Odaiba. Rounding out the outfit: an old Muji top and black knee socks with diamond cut-outs.

Excelsior Caffe in Shibuya, Tokyo Japan. Coffee shop with soy lattes. Bunny as head, purse on girl with funny cute Japanese street fashion dress.

It’s pretty clear that I need a kawaii intervention. I also need to wean myself from Excelsior Caffe’s soy lattes…. but they’re just so delicious!

Cat with top hat on shirt design. Banana Fish clothing line, shopping with cool bone print leggings, goth magic cat top.

I’m digging Banana Fish’s new Halloween-inspired collection. It appears that Basil Farrow is not the only cat in a top hat (do add him on Facebook if you haven’t already). John Entwistle (bassist of The Who) would appreciate the femur / tibula leggings.

Monster Party print from Asian fashion label Banana Fish. cute electro leggings, different print on legs. Designer cool weird leggings and tights from Japan.

I can’t get enough of the brand’s Monster Party print, which is used in a halter, puff skirt, and asymmetrical leggings. I’m tempted by the leggings in black and white… what do you think I should splurge on?

Tomorrow, you’ll see how I Goth-ed up the Banana Fish dress for Alamode Night with DJ Chihiro!

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  1. Posted October 12, 2008 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    I love the skeleton leggings and the shoes she sports are very smart too!
    perfect for a death-disco look on the dance floor!

  2. Posted October 12, 2008 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    An American seller actually sells “bones” leggings made in Japan. Check out:
    http://www.sockdreams.com/_shop/pages/socks_det
    http://www.sockdreams.com/_shop/pages/socks_det
    http://www.sockdreams.com/_shop/pages/socks_det

    And I can't wait to see how the ghost dress goes from Kawaii to Creepy in a single night! ^^v

  3. Posted October 12, 2008 at 11:03 am | Permalink

    I wanna hang out with Jimi of Man Heaven too!

    I love your dress by the way, it's really cute ^^
    So is Basil, I added him on Facebook now so his cuteness will be spread all the way to Denmark! Maybe we will make a Basil Farrow Lego toy someday.

  4. Posted October 12, 2008 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    I love the skeleton leggings and the shoes she sports are very smart too!
    perfect for a death-disco look on the dance floor!

    • Posted October 12, 2008 at 10:58 pm | Permalink

      I love looking at the giant space-age sneakers in Japan!

  5. Posted October 12, 2008 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    The cat is supercute! Haha, I can really picture Oscar Wilde wearing that in a very nonchalant way… as if he did not have a purple cat around his neck.

    And the dress ghost's flippers. I wish I had a dress like that. :D

  6. Posted October 12, 2008 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    I want that little bag!

  7. Posted October 12, 2008 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    An American seller actually sells “bones” leggings made in Japan. Check out:
    http://www.sockdreams.com/_shop/pages/socks_detail_ProductID_1028.php
    http://www.sockdreams.com/_shop/pages/socks_detail_ProductID_1266.php
    http://www.sockdreams.com/_shop/pages/socks_detail_ProductID_1263.php

    And I can’t wait to see how the ghost dress goes from Kawaii to Creepy in a single night! ^^v

  8. Posted October 12, 2008 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    I wanna hang out with Jimi of Man Heaven too!

    I love your dress by the way, it’s really cute ^^
    So is Basil, I added him on Facebook now so his cuteness will be spread all the way to Denmark! Maybe we will make a Basil Farrow Lego toy someday.

    • Posted October 12, 2008 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

      The Lego-verse isn’t complete without Basil Farrow in it!

  9. Posted October 12, 2008 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    I designed a bag in a shape of a bunny for my textiles ,thinking it would be original :o
    T.T

    your hair loks very nice tied up and ive seen scarves like that on a site

    http://www.shrinkingvioletonline.co.uk///local-

    its no where as cute as the urs ^^

    hope ur having a good time

  10. Posted October 12, 2008 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Ohhh, I say get the dress! It's more versatile, because by covering it up you make it seem like a skirt.

  11. Posted October 12, 2008 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    The cat is supercute! Haha, I can really picture Oscar Wilde wearing that in a very nonchalant way… as if he did not have a purple cat around his neck.

    And the dress ghost’s flippers. I wish I had a dress like that. :D

    • Posted October 12, 2008 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

      I can picture an uptight old lady wagging her finger at him: “Oscar, how morbid! A dead cat!” He’d say: “Look around you, my dear. This cat is the liveliest puss at this party!”

  12. Posted October 12, 2008 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    I want that little bag!

  13. Posted October 12, 2008 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    I designed a bag in a shape of a bunny for my textiles ,thinking it would be original :o
    T.T

    your hair loks very nice tied up and ive seen scarves like that on a site

    http://www.shrinkingvioletonline.co.uk///local-images/catalogue-categories/12056_image.jpg

    its no where as cute as the urs ^^

    hope ur having a good time

    • Posted October 12, 2008 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for sharing that link to the scarf! That’s why I love my readers ;)

      I’m having a wild and crazy time here! Tonight, I’m shooting the Alice in Wonderland cafe…

  14. Posted October 12, 2008 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    Ohhh, I say get the dress! It’s more versatile, because by covering it up you make it seem like a skirt.

  15. Posted October 12, 2008 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    BANANA FISH is one of my favorite alternative labels ♥
    The clothes there are so wild and crazy!

    I love that one piece! It suits you very well.

  16. Posted October 12, 2008 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    Awwww~ you look great! ^___^

  17. Posted October 12, 2008 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    I love looking at the giant space-age sneakers in Japan!

  18. Posted October 12, 2008 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    Thank you! Let's go shopping there.

  19. Posted October 12, 2008 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing that link to the scarf! That's why I love my readers ;)

    I'm having a wild and crazy time here! Tonight, I'm shooting the Alice in Wonderland cafe…

  20. Posted October 12, 2008 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    I can picture an uptight old lady wagging her finger at him: “Oscar, how morbid! A dead cat!” He'd say: “Look around you, my dear. This cat is the liveliest puss at this party!”

  21. Posted October 12, 2008 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    The Lego-verse isn't complete without Basil Farrow in it!

  22. Posted October 12, 2008 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    BANANA FISH is one of my favorite alternative labels ♥
    The clothes there are so wild and crazy!

    I love that one piece! It suits you very well.

    • Posted October 12, 2008 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

      Thank you! Let’s go shopping there.

  23. Posted October 12, 2008 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

    Awwww~ you look great! ^___^

  24. Posted October 12, 2008 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    With a title like “Banana fish ghost dress” who would not investigate to see what this was about. Everything was adorable as usual!

  25. Posted October 13, 2008 at 3:08 am | Permalink

    With a title like “Banana fish ghost dress” who would not investigate to see what this was about. Everything was adorable as usual!

  26. Posted October 12, 2008 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

    <3 i love the purse and the picture of you holding it up in front of your face. too cute.

  27. Posted October 12, 2008 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

    Thanks! Sweet bandanna photo… I've been dabbling in the same!

  28. Posted October 13, 2008 at 6:08 am | Permalink

    <3 i love the purse and the picture of you holding it up in front of your face. too cute.

    • Posted October 13, 2008 at 6:08 am | Permalink

      Thanks! Sweet bandanna photo… I’ve been dabbling in the same!

  29. Posted October 13, 2008 at 6:16 am | Permalink

    How long will you stay in Japan?

  30. Posted October 13, 2008 at 6:30 am | Permalink

    At least until the end of November. :)

  31. Posted October 13, 2008 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    How long will you stay in Japan?

    • Posted October 13, 2008 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

      At least until the end of November. :)

  32. Posted October 13, 2008 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    That cat scarf is beyond words adorable!

  33. Posted October 13, 2008 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    I love the purple cat scarf!!

  34. Posted October 13, 2008 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    That cat scarf is beyond words adorable!

  35. Posted October 13, 2008 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    I love the purple cat scarf!!

  36. Posted October 13, 2008 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    i love the clothing choices i think you may enjoy pawstar.com (though you have probably already heard of them and maybe im wrong alltogether but yeah just a asugestion)

  37. Posted October 13, 2008 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    Cute – thanks for the rec!

  38. Posted October 13, 2008 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

    i love the clothing choices i think you may enjoy pawstar.com (though you have probably already heard of them and maybe im wrong alltogether but yeah just a asugestion)

    • Posted October 13, 2008 at 11:48 pm | Permalink

      Cute – thanks for the rec!

  39. Posted October 14, 2008 at 2:47 am | Permalink

    I LOVE THAT SCARF!!!!!!!

  40. Posted October 14, 2008 at 4:31 am | Permalink

    love the dark cat

  41. Posted October 14, 2008 at 4:38 am | Permalink

    That cat scarf is superb!

  42. Posted October 14, 2008 at 4:39 am | Permalink

    Thanks, babe! Have you ever been to Tokyo? Like you, I make frequent trips to Hong Kong because of family… now I don't know which city I prefer for shopping!

  43. Posted October 14, 2008 at 4:45 am | Permalink

    ihiii BRILLIANT! 8D

  44. Posted October 14, 2008 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    I LOVE THAT SCARF!!!!!!!

  45. Posted October 14, 2008 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    love the dark cat

  46. Posted October 14, 2008 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    That cat scarf is superb!

    • Posted October 14, 2008 at 11:39 am | Permalink

      Thanks, babe! Have you ever been to Tokyo? Like you, I make frequent trips to Hong Kong because of family… now I don’t know which city I prefer for shopping!

  47. Posted October 14, 2008 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    ihiii BRILLIANT! 8D

  48. Posted October 14, 2008 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    UPDATE: I saw the cat scarf in the Harajuku Banana Fish shop! Strange… it was a no-name in the Shimokitazawa shop… I also saw the bunny purse in a Takeshita Doori (Harajuku) cute accessories boutique, but priced higher at $40.

  49. Posted October 15, 2008 at 4:38 am | Permalink

    UPDATE: I saw the cat scarf in the Harajuku Banana Fish shop! Strange… it was a no-name in the Shimokitazawa shop… I also saw the bunny purse in a Takeshita Doori (Harajuku) cute accessories boutique, but priced higher at $40.

  50. Posted November 2, 2008 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    Kitty scarfs waay cool. I know a nice trendy scarf that has the gothy cute look perfect too. Its being featured on a friends blog and maybe youd all think it fits too. Its the Tolani silk and linen flowered scarf. check it out and let me know if you think its fits the kawaii goth look. at —- http://socalfashionupdates.blogspot.com/

  51. Posted November 2, 2008 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    That's a cute scarf! I like to think that you can incorporate any piece into any look – it's all about creativity :)

  52. Posted November 3, 2008 at 3:15 am | Permalink

    Kitty scarfs waay cool. I know a nice trendy scarf that has the gothy cute look perfect too. Its being featured on a friends blog and maybe youd all think it fits too. Its the Tolani silk and linen flowered scarf. check it out and let me know if you think its fits the kawaii goth look. at —- http://socalfashionupdates.blogspot.com/

    • Posted November 3, 2008 at 5:58 am | Permalink

      That’s a cute scarf! I like to think that you can incorporate any piece into any look – it’s all about creativity :)

  53. Posted April 4, 2009 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    Where do i find Banana Fish fashion?

  54. Posted April 4, 2009 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    Where do i find Banana Fish fashion?

  55. Posted April 4, 2009 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    Where do i find Banana Fish fashion?

  56. Posted April 18, 2009 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    oh my, that bananafish ghost dress is absolutely adorable.
    i went there two years ago when i went to japan and got a snow white shirt and one that said “metal death banana” ahah, except combined, they were like $100..

    but yeah… i really love that halloween line and now i'm determined to find and buy that halter top with the print and the ghost dress D:

    any suggestions?
    you look super cute in it :)

  57. Posted April 18, 2009 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

    It's hard to find Banana Fish online… however, they sell BF in Hong Kong and other countries. Maybe try auction sites in HK and Japan?

  58. Posted April 19, 2009 at 2:20 am | Permalink

    oh my, that bananafish ghost dress is absolutely adorable.
    i went there two years ago when i went to japan and got a snow white shirt and one that said “metal death banana” ahah, except combined, they were like $100..

    but yeah… i really love that halloween line and now i’m determined to find and buy that halter top with the print and the ghost dress D:

    any suggestions?
    you look super cute in it :)

    • Posted April 19, 2009 at 4:14 am | Permalink

      It’s hard to find Banana Fish online… however, they sell BF in Hong Kong and other countries. Maybe try auction sites in HK and Japan?

  59. Posted July 10, 2009 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

    Is that…Jimi in the top right picture?

  60. Posted July 11, 2009 at 5:40 am | Permalink

    Is that…Jimi in the top right picture?

    • Posted July 11, 2009 at 7:58 am | Permalink

      hhaha yeah, there are a lot of photos of him on this site! Search for Carmina Laverite.

      • Posted July 11, 2009 at 9:01 am | Permalink

        Oh dear, it says Jimi in the paragraph under it. Now I feel foolish >.>

  61. Posted July 11, 2009 at 12:58 am | Permalink

    hhaha yeah, there are a lot of photos of him on this site! Search for Carmina Laverite.

  62. Posted July 11, 2009 at 2:01 am | Permalink

    Oh dear, it says Jimi in the paragraph under it. Now I feel foolish >.>

  63. Posted July 28, 2009 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    Omigosh!!! Where can i get Banana fish clothes in america? please email back if you have an answer! That is the cutest dress I have ever seen!

  64. Posted July 28, 2009 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    Omigosh!!! Where can i get Banana fish clothes in america? please email back if you have an answer! That is the cutest dress I have ever seen!

    • Posted July 28, 2009 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

      Alas, the brand is not sold here…

      • Posted August 4, 2009 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

        But are there any online second hand stores (like ebay) that have them? Or any other good Loligoth clothes…then again this is more like lolipunk…O.o hmmmm…well….yeah…or do you know of any good lookalikes? also…where can I get Double deckers in america? or can i?

  65. Posted July 28, 2009 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    Alas, the brand is not sold here…

  66. Posted August 4, 2009 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    But are there any online second hand stores (like ebay) that have them? Or any other good Loligoth clothes…then again this is more like lolipunk…O.o hmmmm…well….yeah…or do you know of any good lookalikes? also…where can I get Double deckers in america? or can i?

  67. Posted August 20, 2009 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    I just wanted to let you know that the link to this store on the punk lolita list it`s wrong. It takes you to Banana Fish, the baby accesories store. It takes you to http://www.bananafishinc.com/, and it should be http://www.banana-f.net/

    PS. I love your blog.

  68. Posted August 20, 2009 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for telling me! I appreciate it and will fix it right away :)

  69. Posted August 21, 2009 at 4:11 am | Permalink

    I just wanted to let you know that the link to this store on the punk lolita list it`s wrong. It takes you to Banana Fish, the baby accesories store. It takes you to http://www.bananafishinc.com/, and it should be http://www.banana-f.net/

    PS. I love your blog.

    • Posted August 21, 2009 at 4:13 am | Permalink

      Thank you so much for telling me! I appreciate it and will fix it right away :)

  70. Posted August 21, 2009 at 4:11 am | Permalink

    I just wanted to let you know that the link to this store on the punk lolita list it`s wrong. It takes you to Banana Fish, the baby accesories store. It takes you to http://www.bananafishinc.com/, and it should be http://www.banana-f.net/

    PS. I love your blog.

  71. Posted August 21, 2009 at 4:13 am | Permalink

    Thank you so much for telling me! I appreciate it and will fix it right away :)