Saturday, 19 April 2014

Event: Enchanted London 5th April 2014 (Part 1 of 2)

It's been two weeks since I boarded a coach at 6.35am to London for the epic Lolita event Enchanted so I should really make a blog post about it! I attended Frock On last year, which was nothing short of amazing so I was pumped when they announced Enchanted, a Japanese street fashion event held in London and organised by the newly formed Street Fashion Europe; a collaboration of some of the best J-fashionistas and event organisers in Europe, here to provide the best Japanese fashion and Lolita events in Europe. This year's event was held in London's financial sector, Bank and featured such guests as Ashizawa Yuko, head designer and CEO of Atelier Pierrot, Hitomi Nomura, creator and owner of Grimoire and Minori, arguably the most well-known Shironuri artist around. Enchanted also promised brand stalls for us to throw money at, a fashion show, makeup tutorial by Minori, Q&A with the guests, free dessert buffet and amazeballs raffle! I donated three items to the raffle; an ivory faux fur muff and collar set, a black faux fur muff and collar set & a coupon for a free custom deco item!

So let's get to the photos! I'm using photos from my friends Facebook feeds so credit goes to Sugar Noor, Anh Binh Photography and Florence Carousel - these are all I can remember so if I'm using your photo, please give me your link so I can credit you accordingly or ask me to remove it!

Let's start with my outfit for the Saturday!

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Me and my awesome friend Jayde twinned in Chess Story's 'Je n'ai pas de temps' JSK & bunny ears, with my blouse from Surface Spell, bags by Loris, tights from Teja Jamilla, shoes by An*tai*na and accessories by yours truly. I think we looked pretty cute! However, I was pulling a moon face in pretty much every photo of Enchanted so...guh...

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Super artsy serious photo of me cabbing it to the venue, Gibson Hall. I'm holding my handbag and donations for the raffle.

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Me and our gorgeous friend Jenna in the cab. Jenna looks like she is getting married and we're her bunny bridesmaids!

A few of us arrived early as we had to rehearse the fashion show and a friend of mine had to set up her stall, Curse of Cute. I was modelling for Atelier Pierrot (second time, might I add ^_~) and Jayde was modelling for Atelier Dormir, luxury Lolita-styled roomwear indie brand. We were slightly late but due to hold ups, the rehearsals hadn't began by the time we arrived...phew. We practiced the walk down the catwalk a few times; there were two of us walking down. The first model starts walking down and when she gets to the bottom of the catwalk, the second model starts walking down to meet her in the middle and pose together. The first models walks off of the catwalk and the second model continues down to the bottom of the catwalk, in which time the third model starts walking down, and so on and so forth.

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Instamax photo of me and Jayde together!

After the rehearsals we queued up for the actual event. Upon arrival we were given our goodie bags and a ticket for a free drink, either alcohol or non-alcoholic depending on what choice you gave when buying your ticket. Me, Jayde and Noor opted for the alcohol-free drink, a smoothie! I got mango, it was pretty nice.

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The goodie bag contents - lots of sweets! Keeps your energy levels up during the day ;)

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The tote bag the goodies were in - I've been using it to carry my lunch into work in style!

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You got an Atelier Pierrot hand mirror in the goodie bag - fancy!

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Plus a super adorable acrylic Enchanted brooch!

We walked around all the stalls to get a gist of what we wanted to buy. We checked out the bring and buy stall at around 2.30pm, when it opened but it was very busy and hectic! At 3pm we had to leave to change into our fashion show outfits. Up until now I didn't know what I was going to be wearing but I knew that it would be gorgeous, being Atelier Pierrot!

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My outfit, with obligatory 'deer in the headlights' facial expression. I don't normally wear headdresses in my personal Lolita style but it was actually really cute! As Ashizawa-san was putting it on me, she said 'Kawaii...' >////<

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The beautiful Connie and Rebecca, fellow Atelier Pierrot modelling posse. Both dresses and blouses are the same so whichever style you love, you can coordinate it nicely!

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Polaroid of me and Jayde in our fashion show outfits!

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Polaroid of my outfit...Jayde has an Instamax camera, can you tell???

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The Atelier Pierrot models after the fashion show; Ashizawa-san is next to me, on the right! She's soooo lovely ^^;

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Minori had two handmade outfits she was auctioning after the fashion show - she chose two models to model them during and after the fashion show. The outfits were beyond gorgeous, I adore the one on the right. *0*

I think the pink one on the left went for about £115 and the black & white bridal one went for about £260.

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The amazing Ashizawa Yuko in front of her Atelier Pierrot stall *0* This is the second time I've met her and aside from the tea party I attended with her at Austen & the Abbey, I don't really converse with her because I get nervous and any Japanese I know flies out of my brain...she said it was nice to see me again though and gave me a big wave when she first saw me! I really adore her hair...do you think it would suit me? I have a full fringe though, I'll have to experiment...plus I don't really know how to do it XD

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Polaroid with me and Ashizawa-san! Jayde took two and gave one to Ashizawa-san...she thought the camera was so cute and it was so cool when the photo popped out of the top! When we gave her the photo, she said 'Ah, for me?! Sugoi!' and shook the picture up and down! Somewhere in Japan Ashizawa-san has a Polaroid of us together... *0* Unless she threw it in the bin haha XD (Can't think like that! ;-;)

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I got some Atelier Pierrot chewing gum when I visited their stall because I liked their Facebook page...most random item of the day! And no, I won't ever eat it!

After the fashion show we could shop around again. The dessert buffet was open and everything looked so good! There was a limit to 3 items per person, which was more than enough as it got quite sickly after a while but because there were no signs, people were piling their plates high then leaving half of it afterwards...sad times...I don't think anyone was left out though, thankfully.

When I first started shopping, I noticed the Grimoire perfume and a pair of dark blue constellation-designed tights I really liked. I missed out on the perfume at Frock On due to lack of money. I noticed if you bought two items, you got a free Grimoire catalogue, which looked really cute and plus, who isn't a sucker for free gifts? However, I should've snapped them up at the beginning of the event as when I went back after the fashion show, all items were gone...;-; Perfume and tights were out of stock and the catalogues had ran out...too slow! So I bought another pair of tights I liked instead, a paler white pair with horoscope symbols on them. Next time I will literally run up to the stall and throw money at Hitomi.

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I got a picture with her though!

Next to the Grimoire stall was Sweets Artist Kunika. She is an amazing sweets deco artist who trained as a patissiere for two years and has made fake sweets for one year. Her fake cakes and sweets have been used in photoshoots for Amo and Misako Aoki, to name but a few! She is friends with Amo and says she is very cute and funny!

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Her cakes are out of this world *0* You can really tell she is professional trained with that piping! One day I hope to be as good as her! I told her I make fake sweets but never as good as her. I'm actually seriously considering taking an amateur piping lesson or something, just to level-up my piping...or at least practicing very hard. I also want a cake board now, it seems a lot easier to pipe on them! Kunika was also selling handmade, edible cookies with 'Enchanted', 'Sweet Lolita' and other cute words on them as well as brooches. I bought a brooch that had one of the cookies and a ruffly trim photographed on it.

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Me and Kunika ^0^

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The brooch I bought from Kunika!

I shopped a little more and bought an Atelier Pierrot choker I missed out on at Austen & the Abbey (I actually bought it at the beginning of Enchanted haha), a hair clip from Stocking Shock and a ghost ring and matching hair clips from Roxie Sweetheart.

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Super crappy photo of my Atelier Pierrot choker...my camera really doesn't like black. D:

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Roxie Sweetheart items

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The tights I bought from Grimoire - I'll be quicker for the items I want next time!

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Red & silver dangling heart clip from Stocking Shock...I bought one in black from Fuchsia at Austen & the Abbey!

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Minori then did a makeup tutorial with a volunteer from the event.

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I saw Minori walking around the event before the makeup tutorial...she is too stunning for words...she literally looks like a piece of art that has jumped out of a painting and is walking around. Her makeup is stunning, entirely streak-free obviously and her trousers are handpainted.

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I got a photo with her and told her she was a great inspiration.

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Afterwards the raffle began! When I first got my raffle tickets, I kissed mine straightaway for good luck - and I won something! I kissed both my raffle tickets and won on both days! My kisses are good luck...form an orderly queue please... ;)

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I won an English version of the book Shades of Wonderland, a German-published book full of street snaps! Grace St. John also won one too! We will get them in the post when they are published in English! The books are worth £43 and were sooooo thick and heavy! I love street snap books so it was probably one of the best prizes for me to win!

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After the raffle we had a group picture - OMG so many of us! I was right at the back though... ;-; I can just about see my bunny ears and black hair but I think if I point it out to you, you won't be able to notice haha...right at the back, about a third of the way in?

Afterwards we took some photos of people and some photos together.

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Love this girl's outfit? I made the veil! I made and posted it before Enchanted for the lovely Leia. Her outfit is sooo gorgeous, only outshone by her adorable face ;-;

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I grabbed a photo with her after the raffle!

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Two beautifully dressed people...the girl is Arthael Walkingshadow, she always looks so perfect!

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Random selfie with Jayde!

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We found Vief (black and blue hair) and another girl wearing stripes so we had a photo together! Monochrome stripes FTW!

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And a derpy group photo together to finish the day! This was our awesome posse I stayed with the whole weekend - Noor, Jayde, Lily (Curse of Cute), Jenna, Emily and some weirdo who decided to jump in last minute.

The day was absolutely amazing, I loved every minute of it! After the event we went back to our hostel and ordered food from the Thai & English restaurant downstairs. It was surprisingly good! I just had a chicken burger and chips, true Brit style ;D We then met our Belgian friends Saltje and Joke for a walk around the area at around 11.30pm! Afterwards we went home and whilst a few friends decided to stay downstairs and socialise, I decided to be an awkward turtle, go take a shower and go to sleep.

Just before I took the shower, Noor and Jayde came into the room with their key card to say they were staying downstairs for a bit but that they'd be up soon - little did any of us know that they accidentally left their one and only key card with me, meaning all the key cards were in the room. I then fell into a comatose state and about an hour later, everyone came upstairs, realised they were locked out and banged on the door for about 10 minutes but I didn't stir! They had to go back downstairs and literally beg a new key card from the hostel staff and let themselves in...I don't even remember them coming in either, I never stirred! I just woke up the next morning like '...Morning y'all!' I never realised I'm such a heavy sleeper haha...

I'll be back for part two of our Enchanted adventure soon! Sooo many photos and activities to tell! Did you go to Enchanted? Do you have any event like this in your country? Please tell me in the comments below, I'd love to know if you were there!

6 comments:

  1. I love these outfits, lucky you. I believe Japanese are so ahead when it comes to self expression xx
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  2. You and your friend looks so pretty in both your own and the runway outfits! I love the atmosphere, I read also a post written by another lolita from Slovakia, I've been cursing myself for not knowing about the event since I've been staying in Dublin - that's so close! Well at leats I get to see the photos.

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    1. And BTW, I nominated you for the sunshine blogger award! :)

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  3. Fantastic ! Minori is so gorgeous ! You had a lot of fun, hadn't you ? ^^

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    1. She is, isn't she?! So unreal! And yes, I did! Thank you very much! ^_^

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