Lolita fashion: Sexy?

Lolita fashion is a well known style popular among Japanese youth. The look is characterized by long curls, bell shaped knee length dresses, lace, frills, stockings, parasols, and shoes which occasionally look like cakes.

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Lolita fashion is, to the girls and boys who wear it, a way of escaping the mundane world and living in a fairy tale.
Many girls assert that the whitewashed sexuality provided by lolita makes them feel liberated from society’s standards for what is beautiful. Sweet and innocent dress and makeup, candy curls, and whimsical prints are a far cry from the ideal of ‘sexy woman’.

However, the name ‘lolita’ isn’t entirely as coincidental as most adherents would think.

Lolita, by Nabikov, is a story in which a middle-aged man falls for and becomes involved in a relationship with a girl on the edge of puberty. The blend of childish innocence with the hints of an awakening precocious sexuality draw the main character in until he is unable to resist her charms. For many, the lolita fashion, along with the schoolgirl look, holds a similar appeal.

That said, lolita isn’t intended to be sexy, and in fact that lack of sex appeal is what creates that sexuality.

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Minori

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Minori is what many would call the face of Shironuri. She is by far the most well known proponent of the Shironuri fashion, and she could easily be considered one of the most extravagant. My first impressions of Minori’s take on Shironuri was that of a sweet nature spirit and cute dolls. Upon doing further research I found that she really does whatever she wants with the fashion and she does not limit herself to the cute.  On her official website :  http://minori.co/index.html     , I saw not only the cute, but also the gothic and disturbing. I also noticed that she does like the aesthetic of the asymmetrical, ann she likes to incorporate it into a lot of her work. She also likes to add embellishments onto the face, and she likes to have intricate designs painted into the white makeup, take a closer looks on some of her pictures on her website to know what I’m talking about. She is truly an artist, and very talented with her medium.

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One thing that really that struck me about Minori is that she is not doing this for everyone else, or for the attention it brings her (although that might be a bonus), but because she feels that it is who she really is. While reading many quotes from her, I noticed that the main thing she talks about in nearly every one is how important it is to just be yourself. Image

“I hope more people can find the courage to be and dress like whoever they are, and don’t hide it away. Everyone should be able to be like that, themselves. And it’s our responsibility to make sure that everyone can do that without being teased or feel bad about it. All of us should stop caring so much about how other people dress and choose to appear, because their life doesn’t affect ours anyway, right? Be happy for them instead, because they are doing what you maybe not have the courage to do; be yourself. ♥”

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 Below is a link to a youtube video that features an Interview with Minori as well as shows a large variety of Minori’s designs.

During this presentation I chose only a few of her looks that I felt were really amazing, but there are many more amazing looks and pictures to be found on her official website (above) and on these links below. 

~ Stacey S.

http://tokyofashion.com/minori-shiro-nuri-makeup-pink-hair-kimono-coat/

http://www.pachipachi.se/2013/01/minori-shiro-nuri.html

http://tokyofashion.com/her-memories-of-a-dream-minori/

http://minori.co/index.html

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Shironuri Fasion

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Shironuri is one of the latest fashions to show itself around the streets of Harajuku.It has been around since about 2005, but it did not really take off until the fall of 2010 and the spring of 2011. 2011 featured the first “White Face Monster Party”; a large Shironuri themed parade/party on the streets of Harajuku. And even in Harajuku, it’s a head-turning style.

This youtube video is of the large White Face Monster Party in Spring of 2011.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THKMxEIkPVU

It’s inspiration comes from the makeup of Kabuki actors; with the white face and colors around the eyes.  But, In all reality, that is where the inspiration ends. The Shironuri fashion trend is a grand free-for-all. Any style, any theme, any combination is considered Shironuri as long as a painted white face is present. Image

Shironuri Fashionistas can be cute, adorable, scary, sweet, disturbing, or anything in between. Influence comes from all over the place, from Japanese Ghosts, Western Demons, Cute Dolls, Nature, or anything that comes to the imagination. It is a fashion that has no limits, and anything goes. Image

Some big players in the Shironuri fashion scene are Minori (In the Pink above): she is a well-known Shironuri fashionista, she makes her own outfits, with her own style which is usually inspired by nature spirits and porcelain dolls. She likes to have lots of embellishments on the face. She is really something else. I will be doing another post on her alone. Japanese-Shironuri-Fashion-Harajuku-003-600x900

Another “is No 96 (a makeup artist from Osaka who creates & wears movie-quality makeup and masks)” They are usually very intricate, and require a lot of special equipment. The Demon style above is a depiction of her.

All in all it’s a very visual, and entertaining style, which I don’t think is going anywhere anytime soon.

~Stacey S.

http://tokyofashion.com/japanese-shironuri-harajuku-pics-video/

http://tokyofashion.com/minori-shiro-nuri-makeup-pink-hair-kimono-coat/

http://www.kotaku.com.au/2012/05/dont-confuse-japanese-kids-in-white-face-with-wanting-to-be-white/

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