Hello! This year I was fortunate enough to be able to get a press badge for my husband and myself to attend Anime Expo 2014. We went on Friday and Saturday.
With that said, let’s get on with today’s post! In this post we will focus on the AX Fashion Show & Shops. There were four brands that came over from Japan — Swankiss, KOKOkim, Ghost of Harlem, and Golds Infinity.
If you like Liz Lisa, you will like Swankiss’ clothes. Everything is very romantic and sweet. The designer is Saaya Hayashida, and this is their first overseas fashion show!
Swankiss’ lovely shop staff. Bottom right is Sachiko, you can visit her blog here.
You gotta f*cking love pink and pastels. Omg, I can’t do it, it’s too much for me. I was overwhelmed just looking at their booth, lol.
I didn’t take a picture of any shop staff for KOKOkim since I didn’t see any cute dressed up ones at the time of my visit.
Ghost of Harlem
And here we have Ghost of Harlem. This brand has a very punk rock, bad girl, street wear, sorta vibe. I’m diggin’ it, and sort of sad I didn’t really get the chance to check out their booth more.
Cute shop staff. Haha, I wasn’t sure exactly who was working and who was shopping, so I only got this one worker. Yea, I was very out of it at AX.
I always think of this brand as trendy and elegant. Definitely has a more mature feel making it appropriate for oneegyaru style. I bought a few items from their shop last year when they were at AX.
This year I wanted to buy this really cute black skirt, but I was sort of offended by the shop staff and figured that I’d just save my $80.
Our conversation went something like this:
What size is this skirt? Size small, maybe a 0 or 1.
Hmm… I wear those sizes… Oh, then it’s probably a double zero.
Haha, whatever. Guess that just means I need to loose more weight. Friggin’ Japanese clothes always make me feel fat!
All four of these brands can actually be purchased through YesAsia.com, but there isn’t a wide enough of a selection on there in my opinion. Ughh, can these Japanese brands just ship overseas directly from their websites already??
There were a ton of people who attended the show, and it lasted about 3-4 hours. The photo below is what the stage set up looked like. There was a non-elevated catwalk down the center through the seated audience.
I actually got to AX a little late and also had trouble finding the location of the show! So I missed all of the brands except for Golds Infinity. Here are the outfits that were worn for Golds Infinity’s fashion runway show.
After all of the brands were presented, Kimura U came out and did an introduction and even sang! She’s the designer of KOKOkim, and is also the Japanese Kawaii Ambassador. I gotta admit, that’s a pretty awesome title. She deserves every bit of it because she looks as if she walked right out of My Melody world, haha.
Once her performance was over, we proceeded to my favorite part of the fashion show, Kawaii International’s contest for a prospective kawaii leader! All of the voting is done online through Facebook, but they presented a few of the top contestants at AX.
Five different contestants walked down the runway and answered some questions.
The first one was Little Miss Lydia. She told us that her style was more of a dolly Alice in Wonderland look. The dress that she is wearing is a Swankiss & Milk collaboration heart apron dress and blouse set. I believe she also said that she loves to wear black thigh-high socks and that her most favorite part of her outfit is her leg accessory. I actually have the exact same leg garter from Creepyyeha.
At one point during her interview, she told us about a conversation that she had one time that went like this:
Why do you eat such cute food? Well, you are what you eat! 🙂
Haha, that one really stuck with me.
The second contestant that was introduced was this girl below. I’m sorry as I don’t know her name, but I can tell you that she was my husbands favorite out of the bunch! She probably had the best personality and seemed the most real. The fashion style that she was going for was sort of princess like. Also she is not wearing a wig! That’s her real hair and she has had it pink for many many years. She also buys vintage clothing and sometimes alters them too. What a cool girl.
UPDATE: I’ve been notified that her name is Sabrina Gruner!! Thanks, Christine!
Third we had a gyaru walk the stage. I would say that she was the only gyaru out of the bunch. She’s so skinny and tall! It made me mildly jealous. Apparently she was also in the fashion show prior to this portion of the event. I remember her telling the host about how she is already used to walking the catwalk and that it’s “easy.” The host’s response back to her was somewhat sarcastic… lol. It was an awkward moment for me to watch, as I know that in Japanese culture it’s preferred to be humble and not to boast. But other than that, I loved her style, and she sure does know how to pose! She couldn’t really pick a favorite part of her outfit, however she did mention that she owns many plaid skirts.
Our fourth guest to come out was Yanise Cabrera. She was dressed in lolita fashion. As she walked down the runway, she surprised us by opening up her umbrella! Yanise’s entire outfit was comprised of dozens of bows from head to toe. Quite lovely, even though I am not into lolita.
Our last contestant to walk the catwalk was Audra Jayne. She really reminds me of one of those hardcore ravers. What blew me away more than her outfit was her voice! She has a naturally very animated high pitch voice that sounds very cartoony. I’m not even sure if it’s real though. On her outfit, she hangs a bunch of little stuffed animals. Her favorite one is the caterpillar whose name is “Inch.”
All of these girls were very unique in their own way, and very different from one another. I was surprised by the wide range of fashion that they had picked. I was actually hoping to see more gyaru fashion if anything.
Fashion wise, my favorite was the 1st and 3rd, but personality goes to the 2nd and maybe the 5th because she’s so weird.
Which contestant is your favorite? Which brand is your favorite?
Thanks for reading!