As you may know, Japan is the biggest mixer in the world, and only in Japan could be born the Dolly Kei style, the one wich mixes everything I mentioned before and more.
The Dolly Kei was born around 2007 thanks to Hitomi, a lovely japanese girl who loved antiques and started her own accesories brand, Dolly; but it's in 2008 when she opened her own vintage shop, Grimoire, and the dream became true.
Don'tr try to find any brands inside Dolly Fashion, because there's no one. Dolly Fashion lovers find their inspiration in some different historical points: the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, but also the 70's fashion and folk of countries like Russia, Hungary, Romania or including Turkey. They also love the horror, fairies and mystical stories, where they find another big part of their inspiration.So, as you can guess, they find almost all their clothes into vintage stores.
A Dolly Fashion lover would use layers of clothes, but lots of accessories too, as they're very important to complete the look. But of course, they won't use the "normal" kind of accesories that we're used to: tassels from old velvet curtains (for necklaces or belts), bags like tapestries, spooky hairdress with skulls or broken dolls, fur with the entire fox carcass and whatever you can imagine that contains some dreamy taste.
Nowadays, it is said that there are two schools for Dolly Kei: one where the girls prefer soft colors (pink, peach, white...) and a second one that uses dark colors and it's a little bit more macabre.They're influenced too by Lolita and Mori Girls fashion; sometimes they're confused with the second ones, but the major difference between a Mori and a Dolly lover are the patterns of their clothes; remember, if Mori loves nature and florar patterns, a Dolly lover would love it too, but would always prefer some arabesque or retro pattern over all.
So, did you know about Dolly Fashion/ Dolly Kei? I think it's an amazing style and I love it so much, because I'm a big vintage lover too and this style is perfect for mix everything I love! Vintage, kitsch, cute and macabre things!
By the way, in my next entry I'll publish the answers of my first Q&A post... so come on, ask me whatever you want!