Things I Adore

Katie Spring & Summer 2016: BETTIE PAGE FAN CLUB

bettiepagefanclub_katieThis morning when I woke up I noticed that Katie`s Spring and Summer collection`s lookbook is finally online! I have had a huge crush for the brand for a few years now so seeing the pictures of their new collection is something I always look forward eagerly. This year their Spring/Summer collection is named “BETTIE PAGE FAN CLUB”* so I was especially curious about the looks and pieces of the collection. If you are interested to learn more about Bettie I recommend you to watch the document “Bettie Page Reveals All”. I watched it myself from Netflix and I thought she seemed so sweet and lovely!

I really like Katie because the brand`s style is girly and cute but in a little more mature way compared to some other Japanese brands, I think. Many of their clothes are also a bit edgy besides being cute: several Katie pieces feature John Willie`s bondage art and a popular theme in their stylings is to combine sweet and frilly pieces with faux leather.

Because this collection is something I have looked forward so much I thought it would be fun share my favourite looks and pieces from the new collection with some rambling. :) The whole lookbook with the prices and names of the items can be found here.

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I ♥ BETTIE FAB babydoll dress vs. I ♥ BETTIE FAB puff top and corset skirt

These looks featuring Bettie Page pattern pieces are probably some of the most memorable and maybe most iconic pieces from this collection. I especially adore the look on the left featuring the puff top worn with the corset skirt + red Katie`s signature pom pom mules!

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Casual and girly vs. Elegant and girly

I was happy to see that this collection also included some “classical” Katie pieces like new versions of UNDER PRETTIES series` pieces. UNDER PRETTIES series includes more simple style dresses, tops and skirts that often have a small bow or a similar detail, like the black dress on the left.

This collection also has some plushes like the rabbit the model is holding. I think that it is a nice idea to have new decorative items like this in the collection besides some cute pillows and glasses. I collect some vintage and designer toys myself but I am a little picky about the design/style of the toys and Katie`s plushes are not unfortunately quite my style.

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White, pink, black and red seem to be the main colours of the collection.

Some of my ultimate favourites from the collection are Katie´s signature pom pom mules in new colours! I love those shoes eep, I wish this year I could finally grab my own pair of those, haha…

Bettie Page under panties are maybe the most fun items in this collection besides the Bettie Page print t-shirts. So cool!

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Some of my favourite things are also the Lacy cardigans and the Triple heart mini fork in black: those are things that I`ll definitely add to my wishlist. *o*

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I feel that the lookbook this year has lots of casual and minimalistic pieces which in my opinion makes this collection a little different from some of the previous collections. The overall feeling of “BETTIE PAGE FAN CLUB” collection also feels more mature to me than for example their A/W 2015 collection`s (PINK HITS). Many pieces are really versatile and classical, but some of them are even a bit too casual and simple to my liking. At the moment I prefer slightly girlier pieces with more obvious “Katie vibe” so I´ll probably keep my eyes on that kind of pieces. : )

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Some more minimalistic looks. I like denim but in this collection the denim pieces like the jacket and the jeans feel a little “basic” to me.

Generally speaking I liked this collection and it has many great pieces but at the moment it feels like it is not probably among my top three favourites from Katie this far. We will see if I change my mind later when I see the shop staff doing coordinates with the pieces hehe…

What do you think about this collection? : ) Please feel free to share what items and looks you liked the most. : >

*EDIT: In february Katie released some so-called photobook pictures of the S/S 2016 collection under name “Rebel Lolita”. All the info about the collection I saw before had the name “Bettie Page Fan Club” printed so I assumed that is the name of the whole collection. It seems that the S/S 2016 collection might actually be named “Rebel Lolita” and only the selection of Bettie Page inspired items are part of “Bettie Page Fan Club” collection which is some kind of a mini collection under the main collection. : )

Her bookshelf: Get Up Girly – for neo girly girls

amo_book_1Get Up Girly is a guide for neo girly style directed by Japanese model and producer Amo. The book came out already in 2014, but I got mine last summer when I visited Japan. A few years ago I noticed how a few Japanese fashionistas and magazines started to use the term “neo” in front of different styles, for example the term “neo-gal” (neo gyaru) appeared and apparently also “neo girly”. To me the title of the book sounds almost like a quirky manifesto: “It is time for girliness to make a come back!”.

To be honest I don`t really know too much about the philosophy behind the term since I don`t understand much Japanese but judging from the pictures that Get Up Girly provides neo girly means style that is girly (obviously), vintage inspired, sophisticated and sweet. Maybe something like being your own version of lovely 60s’ icons like Anna Karina or Brigitte Bardot with a modern twist? At least this is the feeling I got from the book. ;)

I remember seeing the term neo girly appear also on Larme magazine`s older issues and I think that this book could still work as a nice guide for Larme style too. The elements and style tips Amo introduces fit the style (Larme) really well in my opinion!

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In the book Amo for example introduces her choices for ten “must” have items for neo girly style. Most of the things and brands mentioned are more on the high end side, but you still get nice ideas for classic and versatile pieces to include into your warbrobe. I think most pieces mentioned can be easily found from several, more affordable brands too. Besides one of the key elements to the style that the book presents seems to be combining more expensive brand stuff with cheap second hand. : )

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_DSF4388-Edit_3As a huge Katie fan (a Japanese women`s fashion brand) I also have to mention about the little interview with Linda and Taki who are the creators of the Katie brand. I am really curious about the content of this part of the book but unfortunately I can`t get much out of it. I have to try to translate it at some point. ; )

Get Up Girly has lots of pictures and inspiring content. The book`s carefully created design is something I really like and I find Amo`s personal style in the book cute although it is much more toned down from her most popular modeling days.

The book has 112 pages and can be ordered for example from amazon.jp. The price of a new book is 1280 yen (about 10 €) but as second hand it can be bought even cheaper.

 

Brands to explore: Le Meow

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Le Meow designer Emi

Some days ago I accidentally came across a small Japanese brand called Le Meow on tumblr and I fell in love with the cute film photos on their tumblr blog. The brand`s designer Emi is a vintage lover and that shows in Le Meow`s beautiful photos. Their products give me a nice boudoir vibe and remind me a little of brands like Fifi Chachnil. I found Emi`s photos and style super inspiring and Le Meow`s products are perfect for any girly vintage lover. : ) I will definitely keep my eyes on this brand!

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Le Meow “Sweet heart pochette” in black.

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“Satin Lingerie bag” which is a cute clutch bag or a purse!

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Gingham check hair ribbon & purse set.

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Le Meow stylings are totally dreamy… Sigh!

 

You can shop Le Meow here.

Making inspiration collages!

A Collage I made before going to Japan. I used it as a checklist during the trip to keep in mind which kind of items I wanted to look for.

I am really really trying to practise “Buy less, choose well” kind of attitude. One and half a year ago I decided to start keeping a proper wishlist* to avoid impulse buys. : ) Besides having a wishlist I have lately gotten really into making inspiration collages of clothes and items I like! I have always enjoyed displaying my collections and organizing things into nice looking compositions on my shelves. That is probably why I enjoy making digital collages as well! I often use at least some things from my wishlist but also other nice clothes and accessories that help me to make the wholeness more interesting and cute. : ) Generally speaking making collages like this can be fun and even a little bit useful! Hehe…

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Clothes and things mostly by Katie and Bubbles.

I make the collages mostly for fun but at the same time I feel they give me extra inspiration and motivation. : ) Although the idea would be fascinating (hehe), the main point of my collages is not to try to get every single item featured but rather be inspired. Ideally doing collages with possible outfits can help me to see which items from my wishlist work together or if I already own something that could work in a little similar kind of coordinates in real life.

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My newest collage! At the moment I am really into fuchsia x black combination… This time I decided to use a few items I already own.

I personally do all my collages with photoshop, but if you don`t have photoshop there are some mobile applications and such to create similar kind of stuff. My favourite application for this is aillis camera which allows you to do quick and simple collages with your phone. Another easy way to check how some items roughly look together is by print screening some arranged views from your computer. I use Mac and personally I do this by selecting several pictures and opening them all together in preview (and then taking a screenshot). If you find nice things and ideas from magazines (that you dare to cut) making cut and paste collages could also be a great idea! ^__^ Good luck!

*My wishlist is a folder on my computer where I collect images of products/clothes/etc. I like. Then I keep a list of the prices and rank everything to figure out which items I would like to buy the most. : )

Japanese fashion inspiration part 2 (autumn/winter 2015)

Sheer lingerie inspired looks

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Lingerie looks by Lilicious. I think that the both styles have a nice vintage feeling in them.

I think that lingerie or lingerie-style pieces worn as outerwear with everyday clothes make really nice outfits! These kinds of looks are often sophisticated but still cute and a little sexy. Lingerie-style pieces seem to be trendy this autumn so they are available from several Japanese brands. Looking at lookbooks that feature this kind of style inspire me a lot, but the fun thing is that you can find similar style lingerie also as second hand. So recreating this kind of looks can be easy and affordable!

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Tops by Honey Cinnamon and lilLilly.

Besides lingerie or lingerie-style pieces sheer items generally are great for layering cute and very larme-kei (a term to describe Larme magazine`s style) looks. I think that sheer tops made of mesh or lace look especially nice with solid ribbed turtle necks and long sleeved tops!

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Risa Nakamura often wears coordinations with sheer layering items. Her collection with Bubbles naturally included also perfect clothes for this purpose like the bolero top pictured.

Retro girl (and poodles…)

I still see many Japanese brands producing clothes that give me nice retro/vintage vibes, though girly retro style isn`t probably as trendy now as it was some years ago. Because I am a 60s lover I still get excited about items that bring cute mod girls, boudoir babes or such to my mind. : ) Last autumn/winter I remember seeing some cute matching sets and I am secretly hoping to find similar stuff this year too! I´d love to find a perfect matching top x skirt set at some point! I wish I knew how to sew haha…

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I came across with Japanese brand called “Pui” only recently and I absolutely adore this set by them! Too bad it is currently sold out…

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Katie`s A/W lookbook styles with a little retro vibe. I remember seeing authentic vintage skirts with a poodle detail very similar to the skirt on the right.

As I already mentioned on my other post poodles seem to be doing at least a small comeback this autumn. At least when talking about Katie, poodles are very present on their Pink Hits A/W collection! Generally speaking I love how Katie seems to actively draw inspiration from vintage fashion every year: did you know that their poodle bag (bottom image) is based on a vintage Barbie`s poodle bag? Vintage Barbie seems to be one of Katie`s fashion idols since this is not the first time Katie has items inspired by her. ; )

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Katie`s poodle bags are to die for…

Leopard / Dalmatian pattern

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Risa Nakamura wearing Bubbles` dalmatian skirt and on the right Katie shop staff girl Hinako(?) wearing a cardigan with leopard collar detail.

Generally speaking I am not the biggest fan of animal prints. However about 6 years ago I started to like leopard pattern, which looks actually kind of classical to me. Especially when worn with black colour! I only have a few leopard pattern pieces but lately I have got interested in it again. I also recently found my love for dalmatian kind of pattern that I have seen appearing in Bubbles` and Wego`s recent collections for example. I love black x white combo, and the dalmatian pattern is really cute! Some other animal patterns like tiger or zebra are not (at least yet) my cup of tea, but I am all for the dalmatian and leopard hehe…

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Lillilly`s dalmatian wintercoat and Peco version of Bubbles’ dalmatian skirt.

Classical vintage style coats

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I adore the style of these two Titty&Co winter coats.

This year I have been eyeing rather classical autumn and winter coats and I adore Titty&Co`s selection! Their collection includes several classical, long wool coats which I could imagine so well on Catherine Deneuve or some other 60s actress. The faded lilac shade looks especially nice to me and I like the big collars my example coats have. I must say that the idea of a red winter coat with a retro feeling also fascinates me a little, but I am not sure do I lean more towards that or Titty&Co`s harmonic shades. Not like I was 100% sure if I am even getting a new winter jacket this year though, hehe… At least I should probably get rid of my old coats I haven`t worn after high school…

Thank you if you took your time and ended up reading about my inspirations and thoughts!

What things inspire you this autumn/winter? Did you share some Japanese fashion favourites with me? ; )

Image sources: lilLilly/LiliciousHoney CinnamonKatieBubblesTitty&Co