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23 Apr 2016

Romantic Rabbit

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(A substantive post is coming soon, I promise!)

Ruka's Coordinate:

Lace top: Swankiss
Camisole: Old Navy
Skirt: Vintage (Poshmark)
Shoes: DreamV/Newlyme
Bag: WEGO
Tights: Amazon
Barrette: Paris Kids

Hello all! I've been so into the retro style lately that I haven't tried the pheromone fetish style for a while. The idea for this coordinate had been lurking in my mind for a few weeks and I finally decided to act on it! This was my first time wearing pheromone fetish outside of my building. I was slightly nervous because this outfit was flashy in a way that I'm not accustomed to, but people were surprisingly cool with it.



Focus, Inspiration, & Reflection:

My main focus for this coordinate was to integrate a variety of textures. After considering the different textures in the E hyphen BonBon x Risa Nakamura collection for this post, I was inspired by the variety. The diversity of textures is one of my favorite aspects of Larme fashion.

So I put together a look involving leather, fur, fishnets, lace, satin, and velvet. These are all staple textures for the pheromone fetish style. I was afraid of them clashing or looking cluttered, but the coordinate turned out alright. 

I also wanted a more playful aspect to my coordinate, so I matched my WEGO rabbit bag with my pompom detail Swankiss top. This touch might have been too subtle, but it is quite hard to come up with rabbit accents that are not too over-the-top for this style. I hope my attempt was okay!

I initially wanted to challenge myself by creating an all black coordinate. I had planned to wear my Bubbles camisole (which is shown in my first outfit post). But the shiny fabric in black seemed too similar to the leather of my skirt, so I switched it out for my pink/lavender satin camisole instead. I kind of regret it now though, since I wear the pink x black combination far too often. I'll try wearing the Bubbles camisole next time.
Thanks for reading my coordinate post! 

To continue the inspirational themes of this post, here are some fashion questions for thought:
  • Which do you enjoy playing with more: textures or patterns?
  • What is a style that you love but don't actually wear often?
  • If you wear Larme fashion, which are your favorite sub-styles?
  • Do you prefer to be conservative or bold when incorporating themed motifs into your outfits?
Feel free to comment with your answers! And do share any other forms of feedback that you may have as well. I would love to read them.

Until next time! 

19 Apr 2016

Casual Spring

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Ruka's Coordinate!

Top: mon Lily
Skirt: WEGO
Shoes: Echo Club House
Bag: WEGO
Choker: WEGO
Hair clip: WEGO
Socks: a cute socks store in Sunshine City/Ikebukuro

Hello All!

I wanted to be super casual and comfy for today since I had classes from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM! (>人<;) My first instinct was to not dress nicely and grab my trusty jeans and YRU platform sneakers instead. But seeing that this plaid skirt was as comfortable as pencil skirts could get, I decided to roll with it.

Inspiration:

I was inspired by the sweet and simple coordination styles from mon Lily and Ank Rouge. I wanted my look to be girly and sweet but understated at the same. I really love mon Lily's and Ank Rouge's simple color palettes! There is a lot that you can do with them all while maintaining an overall toned-down, demure look. 

Reflection:

I kept the colors simple by focusing on black and white pieces with light pink accents. This top has cute light pink organza ribbon lacing along the sides of the sleeves. I supplemented that dash of pink by adding a choker with a tiny light pink heart and light pink, organza hem socks. 

To balance the plaid pattern of the skirt, I wore a black and white gingham bow hair clip. The rabbit fur bag also helped keep the outfit whimsical and girly!

I struggled with finding the right shoes for this coordinate. I usually wear fairly high platforms or heels, but those wouldn't be the best option for a long day out. These Echo Club House shoes are actually cheap jelly sandals! It hadn't occurred to me that I could wear jelly sandals with a Larme-style outfit—they seemed much too unrefined. I found that the girly details of the outfit (the hair clip, the organza details, and the whimsical accessories) helped balance out the cheap, casual shoes.



Thank you for reading my rather short and straightforward outfit post! 

The next couple of weeks will be insanely hectic for me, so you likely will not see me posting much. Sorry for the trouble. I hope to be able to keep up with an outfit post each week though.

Thanks for reading this post and supporting Petite Dollies! Until next time~ ♡

Part 1. Larme Jewelry - Necklaces!

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Hi everyone! This is post #1 of a series that I'll be writing on Larme Jewelry, and will be about just that: Jewelry in Larme! I'll be aiming to write about all sorts of jewelry, from necklaces, to wristwear, and much-beloved earrings. Hopefully we can learn together and discover how to best accessorize our coordinates!

One thing to constantly keep in mind, as was mentioned in the Larme Guide is that jewelry is used to enhance the overall look, without necessarily being OTT. While it should never take the spotlight, it should still be able to contribute to the outfit in a way that without it, the outfit would feel incomplete!

This post will focus on necklaces, and will examine the different sorts of necklaces* and their place in Larme sweet and girly fashion.




Choker
35 centimetres (14 in) to 41 centimetres (16 in) long and sits high on the neck. Lariats, which are necklaces without clasps, often draped multiple times around the neck, can also be worn as variations of the choker.








Chokers are common, and are worn with basically anything except high turtlenecks. They are usually made out of velvet, velour, leather, patent leather, lace, satin, silk, and ribbon. They may feature pendants, bows, pom poms, gems, buckles, cutouts. Chokers are mostly black, but various colours have been sighted, with a lack of orange (please correct me if I am wrong!).

Chokers are a great way to add a slightly darker feel to an outfit! Depending on the choker style, it can also be a great way to add a very dolly look. Black chokers, along with leather and buckles tend to lean towards the darker or more grunge look, whereas light colours, ribbons, ruffles and pom poms can add a dolly spark of innocence!



Princess Necklace & Matinee Necklace
A princess necklace is 45 centimetres (18 in) to 50 centimetres (20 in) long, longer than a choker, but shorter than a matinee. A matinee length necklace is 56 centimetres (22 in) to 58 centimetres (23 in) long - typically a single strand that rests at the top of the cleavage.






Princess and Matinee necklaces are another common piece of Larme jewelry, and tend to be a little more versatile than chokers, seeing as they come in many different styles. There doesn't seem to be a limit to what they can be worn with, and may feature pearls, simple delicate chains, statement necklaces with larme motifs, or a mix of elements. The designs may feature pendants, bows, pom poms, gems, beads, and Larme-esque text such as "Lolita", "Baby", "Honey", and others.

Princess and Matinee necklaces can instantly add classiness to an outfit! They can make a single outfit look more mature or elegant, but also have the ability to add some playfulness, especially with text-based designs!



Opera necklace & Rope Necklace
An opera necklace is 75 centimetres (30 in) to 90 centimetres (35 in) long and sits at the breastbone. A rope necklace is any necklace longer than opera length.




Opera and Rope necklaces veer towards the more uncommon side of Larme fashion. However, inspiration can be drawn from J-Fashion pieces, such as Rose Marie Seoir. While not all Rose Marie Seoir coordinates are classified as Larme, they can be helpful for examples on how to accessorize with Opera and Rope necklaces in a sweet style. They are usually worn with a collared top/dress, or over a turtleneck. They are rarely worn with scoop or crew necked t-shirts, though this has been sighted. Opera and Rope necklaces usually feature a pendant in a Larme motif, and aside from pendants, may feature bows and gems.

Opera and Rope necklaces are great at adding that extra little sparkle to make an outfit feel more individualized. All the ones that I have sighted fall on the more sweet side of Larme fashion, and to wear it with collars emphasize this sweetness and add some balance to the neckline, as the pendant falls far below it.

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I hope you found this article informative! If there's anything else you'd like to see regarding jewelry in Larme fashion, please comment below, and watch for Larme Jewelry Part 2: Earrings!



17 Apr 2016

Larme Icon Risa Nakamura

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Topics: Risa's career biography, Risa's style, and Risa's style vs. Larme Kei. 

This is Eri and Ruka's second joint post!


Countless Larme fashion fans adore and worship Risa, yet there are few non-Japanese resources that attempt to understand her style and its relationship with the broader Larme style. We hope you find this post useful! 



 1. Risa's Bio

Born in Tokyo on July 12, 1989, Risa Nakamura (中村里砂) is the daughter of Masatoshi Nakamura (中村雅俊) and Junko Ogarashi (五十嵐淳子). She studied Theatre at Tamagawa University's College of Arts before dropping out in 2010 to pursue a modeling career,* and at 160 cm with her doll-like beauty, was already a modeling regular by 2013.* She is one of the faces of LARME magazine, but prior to her career in the sweet and girly magazine, Risa worked as a Katie shop staff member* and was a regular of Gothic & Lolita Bible*. To date, Risa has enjoyed modeling success for numerous designers and brands, and magazines, including Katie, MILK, Angelic Pretty, LARME, ViVi, Vogue Japan, Spur, WWDJapan, Gothic & Lolita Bible, KERA, mon Lily, Beauty Hundred Flowers, Syrup, Liz Lisa, Diamond Lash, Q-Pot, Art Techo, Zipper, and Eyescream.*

From 2014, Risa has made several television appearances on Fuji TV, Nippon Television, TBS, and Yomiuru TV, along with appearing in two music videos: WITCH / ALL CITY STEPPERS and I freak U / flirt.* In 2015, she released her first style book, entitled Risadoll: Risa Nakamura First Style Book. It has been a success both in Japan and on the international J-Fashion scene! 

Risa is making her movie debut with The Camellia Girl (Shōjo Tsubaki, 少女椿)!* The live action film is based on Suehiro Maruo's horror manga of the same name.* Risa is playing the role of the protagonist, Midori. The film will be released in Japan in May 2016. We are excited for it! You can view the movie trailer here.

2. Risa's Style

Risa's style is often known as "pheromone fetish." We have already briefly touched upon it in our analysis of the different Larme styles (from the Intro to Larme Fashion Post).

Her style has become incredibly popular. Good examples of Risa's unique look can be found in her social media photos (on Instagram, Twitter, and Line Blog), in her features in Larme magazine, in her collaborations with various brands, and in her own style book


Roadmap: We will first provide a list-style description of the general features of Risa's style. We will then explain her style through the example of her recent collaboration with E hyphen Bonbon. We will finally compare Risa's style with Larme fashion as a whole and with other Larme styles.


Stay tuned! ♪( ´▽`)



General features of Risa's style

Style elements drawn from Risa's personal coordinates

Colors: Black, white, dusty pink, dusty blue, occasionally red, occasionally muted army green
Favored color combinations: Black + white, pink + black, coordinations with different shades of pink
Fabrics/Texture: Delicate lace, leather, sheer fabrics (tulle, chiffon), satin, mesh/fishnets, enamel, fur
Patterns: Mostly solid, fur (leopard, dalmation) print, thin stripes

Cuts: High-waisted skirts, sleek A-line or pencil silhouettes, cropped or tucked-in tops

Tops: Lace blouses, Peter Pan collar blouses, simple knits, retro graphic tees (often with fetish-inspired imagery), high neck tops, sheer panel tops
Bottoms: Midi pencil Skirts, maxi skirts, sheer overlay maxi skirts, A-line miniskirts (mostly  all in black!)
One pieces: Rompers, all-in-ones
Shoes: Point-toed ankle boots, lace-up flats, classic point-toed pumps (often with lace-up detail), heeled mules, furry detail shoes, platform sandals (also typically all in black)
Accessories: sheer lace gloves, small hair ribbons, earrings with girly motifs (such as hearts or cherries)

Themes: Lingerie-inspired, fetish-inspired, feminine elegant/classical

Motifs: Small hearts, small bows, black pom poms, lace-up detail
Atmosphere: Dark, dolly, mature, feminine, girly, elegant



Some of Risa's Favored Fashion Brands

Japanese: E hyphen world gallery BonBon (her own collection), Verybrain, Honey mi Honey, Pameo Pose, Lillilly, Katie
Western: Gucci, Miu Miu, Fifi Chachnil, Saint Laurent, Valentino, Agent Provocateur



E hyphen world gallery BonBon x Risa Nakamura


(All the images in this post are linked to their respective sources.)

E hyphen world gallery Bonbon (a sweet and girly Japanese fashion brand founded by Stripe International in 2013) launched a collaboration collection under the direction of Risa Nakakmura in February 2016.* The "Dark Romantic" aesthetic of this collaboration is a perfect example of Risa Nakamura's dark, dolly, and mature style.

Risa has done collaborations with other brands as well. For instance, here is a photoshoot from Risa's collaboration with Bubbles. But her style is mostly similar across collaborations, so we will not discuss them individually in order to avoid redundancy.

Risa working at E hyphen BonBon.

Here are a couple of lovely photoshoot images from this collection!




The E hyphen BonBon collection is true to the core features of Risa's style. (The key words in this section are in red.)

The collection features a limited color palette of black, white, dusty pink, gray, and muted army green. It favors varied but generally luxurious textures such as leather, satin, lace, tulle, enamel, velvet, knit fabrics, and quilted fabrics. Most items in Risa's collection are solid in color, but there are also some gingham or small heart print pieces.

Risa's key motifs are prevalent in the collection. There are lingerie-inspired pieces such as garter detail skirts and furry slippers. Many itemsespecially the skirtshave lace trims. The tops and dresses often have dolly collars. The decorative features that this collection favors are small bows, small printed hearts, and small dots (such as on a sheer tulle fabric). The shoes have pom pom and lace-up details and the accessories feature heart and tulle frill details.

Similar to the tops in Risa's Instagram coordinates, the E hyphen Bonbon tops tend to be cropped, knit, or sheer.


The bottoms in the collection are mostly pencil-cut or A-line skirts. Although mini, midi, and maxi skirts are all featured in the collection, midi skirts are the most common. There is an emphasis on sleek and mature silhouettesE hyphen BonBon's collection also picked up on the trend of sheer tulle-overlay maxi skirts.  In addition to skirts, the collection also contains satin lace-trim shorts and culottes. The key common feature of these bottoms is that they are all high-waisted.


The outerwear pieces in this collection include elegant, lace-trim trench coats as well as classic bomber jackets. The shoes include enamel pumps with lace-up, pom pom, and/or tulle frill details as well as furry slippers. The shoes are typically worn with patterned, sheer tights or socks.

As for accessories, the collection contains heart detail chokers, pom pom earrings, tulle frill detail pouches and purses.

To conclude this section, we find E hyphen Bonbon's collection can be summarized into three aspects/themes: (1) A mature, feminine, and lingerie-inspired look, (2) a dark, dolly-like look, and (3) a casual yet girly look.

Here are examples of each!

1) The mature, feminine, and lingerie-inspired look


2) The dark, dolly-like look


3) The casual girly look




3. Risa's Style vs. Larme Kei

Differences:

Risa’s style differs from many of the other Larme styles in terms of fabrics, patterns, colours and items offered.


Fabrics

Unlike Loose Grunge, Pin-Up Dolly, and the more retro and street looks, there is a complete lack of denim in Risa’s collections thus far, as she favours much softer and more delicate fabrics.


Patterns

There are no geometric patterns or American motifs in Risa’s style, unlike in Loose Grunge and in "American" Larme-styles.


Colours

Risa uses a limited palette in her collections, one which does not include any yellows, oranges, and little to no browns, unlike Basic French and Romantic Girly styles


Clothing

There is a lack of fringe detail in Risa’s style, as she seems to favour more sweet elements such as ruffles and sheer fabrics. There is also a lack of Retro-esque skinny-cut pants.


Accessories

Risa’s collections have a great focus on pumps and sandals, but do not include boots, oxfords, or sneakers. They feature little to no headwear, unlike the hats seen in Loose Grunge, and there is a limited emphasis on bags, purses, brooches and badges.


Similarities:


Despite the many differences between Risa’s style and styles found in Larme-magazine, there are many similarities as well. Risa continues to feature the cropped tops, tucked in shirts and high-waisted details found in Larme, as well as the sleek sillhouettes and mature and girly look. There is also a consideration for a limited palette and symmetry through colour, along with the usage of mixed, unique fabrics, such as leather, knits, and lace.


Lingerie is another Larme element that Risa uses wonderfully, and the low emphasis on foot and legwear continue in Risa’s designs, as well as a low emphasis on jewellery. Her favoured hairstyles are also quite typical of the Larme look - natural or dark colours, straight or wavy strands, and cute, slightly curled bangs.


Conclusion

Risa's style is certainly one of the most visible and popular Larme fashion styles. While it has a lot of overlap with style elements that are common in Larme fashion as a whole, it also has many key unique aspects.

We hope that you found this post interesting/and or informative. We'd love to hear feedback in the form of comments or emails!







Raspberry Syrup

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Eri's Coordinate!
Top/Dress: mon Lily
Skirt: Princess Polly
Garter Belt: Agent Provocateur
Shoes: Dior
Other Accessories (Sunglasses / Gloves / Socks / Jewellery): Off-Brand




Hi Everyone!

I've gotten re-obsessed with Once Upon A Time again... maybe in the future I'll do a Regina-inspired outfit huehuehue. Other than that, today was nice! It was a cloudy day, and it rained, so I wore a fluffy black jacket over this outfit whenever I went outside.

Inspiration:

I was inspired a lot by... the garter belt LOL. I literally built the entire outfit around it. I've had it for awhile and didn't know what to do with it until now! I was also inspired by Ruka and many of the other girls in the Don't Cry Baby Larme group, who have been doing really cute red and white styles!

Another inspiration was mon Lily, who used white gloves in one of their latest collections. And lastly, a lot of Larme looks have been featuring knitwear, hence the skirt!



Reflection:

I think this is one of the more "mainstream" Larme outfits I've worn. I feel like I catapult between wanting to look like a thug to wanting to look like a princess. But that's the beauty of Larme, right? There are so many different looks that the style encompasses, seeing as it is an alternative fashion based on a magazine, which in turn is based on trends.

I was a little nervous about the dark red and hot pink clashing, but I felt better about it once I applied hot pink lipstick! I also tried to use touches of white throughout the outfit, as the mon Lily dress has the white lace collar. I wanted to tie the outfit together using the small details. I also repeated the black of the top with the Dior boots, which actually are half tweed, echoing the skirt's knit, and half leather!

For the lipstick, I mixed L.A Girl's Bazaar and Make Up Forever's Moulin Rouge! It looks mostly red in the photos, but in person it had strong tints of hot pink, depending on the lighting! I applied 2 coats of Bazaar first, then carefully dabbed Moulin Rouge over it, as Bazaar is a matte lipgloss.




The last thing I wanted to focus on were these earrings... I'm in love. I also wore them to church so I guess... appropriate is a plus? Haha. I wonder if it was corny to do that. Anyways. They were super affordable, and I love how sparkly but delicate they still are!