Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Dolly Kei

When researching the Mori Girl style, I came across dolly kei, a style inspired by European fairytales and the Middle Ages. Like Mori Girl, characteristics include heavy layering and an eclectic mix of patterns and textures, but Dolly Kei has a distinct gypsy flavour to it, and occasionally utilises religious symbols and images.

I love this style's muted vibrancy, with its rich jewel colours, and the heaviness of all the layers and elements of fabric. Tapestry, fur, embroidery and tassels feature heavily - it reminds me of a very, very stylish curtain... in the best way possible.

From Electric Alice


From Electric Alice


From Lilac Tree


From Dolly-Kei
As a British-born Chinese girl, I would love to see oriental-style garments become in fashion around here, like how Japan has taken European fashion and updated it into styles like lolita and dolly kei.

This summer I went to see my cousin in China, who is only two years older than me. I showed her Lookbook and noticed that, contrary to my expectations, she was least drawn to people like Mayo W. and Jasmine L., who must dress in a style more common in the Far East, and was generally more into the styles of the Scandinavian and British.

Do you know what I mean, when you see a photo of someone's style and you can just tell they are from your country? We are all influenced by what the people around us are wearing, whether it be converging towards their styles, or, like negative feedback, diverging from them, either deliberately or subconsciously.

11 comments:

  1. She's got a very special style. But I think it's amazing when you've defined your style so much. And all this lace and these layers are pretty awesome!

    Hope you'll drop by x

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    1. This style is so interesting to look at, isn't it? Thanks!

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  2. I love both the dolly- kei and mori girl style . it's the layering that I love :)

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    1. Dolly kei is a nice change from all the browns of Mori girl, but I love them both too.

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  3. These photos are so interesting! I also love your drawings, you are so talented. I draw too but you're miles ahead!
    http://annettibus.blogspot.ie/

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    1. Thanks so much, I'm glad you like my silly little drawings!

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  4. Ohhh… ABSOlutely amazing!!!And you’ve got a gorgeous blog too!!!HAPPY 2013 dear!!!

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  5. This is so amazing! I didn't know anything about this style. Thanks for sharing!

    xo
    Tiffy
    www.CuteLA.com

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  6. I used to be really into Lolita and I've seen some awesome Mori-girl inspired Lolita outfits. The doll-like aesthetic is so cute. Even though I don't do Lolita anymore, I try to still show some inspiration from Lolita and other Japanese fashion styles.

    Lexi
    rhinestonereligion.blogspot.com

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    1. I've never been a wearer of lolita either, but I too like to draw inspirations from styles like these. Thanks!

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