Monday, 29 February 2016

Review: Écailles de Lune "Shadow Garden" JSK





Today I’ll be reviewing Écailles de Lune’s latest offering: the Shadow Garden JSK, a lovely cage dress that could be styled in either gothic or classic. I purchased the black version, since the ivory sadly wasn't available for overseas customers...although I haven't actually seen any Chinese lolitas with the ivory version, so maybe they never released it at all. I paid 699 RMB/$144 CDN total.


Timeline:

  •  November: Placed reservation through TaobaoFocus
  • January 23: Dress shipped out by TaobaoFocus
  • January 28: Dress arrived in Canada (!)
Don’t quote me on this, but I believe that Dark Box, Écailles de Lune, and Krad Lanrete are all sister brands. Given Krad Lanrete’s reputation for less-than-stellar customer service these days, I was a little bit concerned. Thankfully, everything went according to schedule and the turnaround time was very reasonable. So, onto the fun part of the review!


The dress comes in three separate pieces: JSK, underskirt, and cage. The JSK is made of lightweight polyester chiffon with a glittery ivory polyester lining and an asymmetric hemline. I was a little surprised at how delicate and sheer the dress is – actually, it’s a bit too sheer for my liking. The fabric has a slightly crinkled texture with a dark webbed pattern. 




 
It doesn’t photograph well, but I tried to show how the glitter in the lining sparkles through the sheer chiffon and allows the webbed pattern to show. It’s lovely and subtle in person. I can’t get over how gorgeous the fabric is. I love how it looks like shadowy tree limbs or veins. In my opinion, one of the most important aspects of gothic lolita is the use of texture, since everything is usually black. 

The cage attaches to the JSK with two buttons and ties in the back, and the actual cage portion only wraps around the front. It’s made of the same textured fabric, just without the glittery lining obviously. I wish the cage went all the way around, but the half-cage still looks pretty. There are decorative silver crosses and grosgrain ribbon bows on the cage.The underskirt has the same lining as the JSK, with tiered ruffles around the front and sides. The elastic waist is very comfortable.



Everything is sewn properly with straight seams, no loose threads, and no bobbin vomit. I didn’t take many photos of the inside of the dress because I didn’t find anything worth mentioning except for one slightly messy part inside the bodice – granted, you won’t ever see this part unless you’re separating the bodice from its lining, so it doesn’t  matter.

I’d also like to mention that the sizing is pretty accurate to the measurement given, and the JSK has no give to it – the only elastic part is in the underskirt.

Overall, I am extremely impressed with the quality of materials, solid construction, and attention to detail, given the low price point. My only gripe is that the material is a little bit on the sheer side for my tastes, but I think that was a conscious aesthetic choice. I would definitely recommend that you pick this dress up if you see it for sale!

Here is what the dress looks like in a full coordinate. The detachable pieces make it really versatile – you can take it from simple to OTT just by adding pieces. I’m wearing it with my Classical Puppets A-line petticoat, although it wold look nice with a slightly bell-shaped petticoat as well.


JSK: Écailles de Lune
Blouse: Atelier-Pierrot
Socks: Moi-même-Moitié
Bonnet: Elpress L
Boots: Bodyline
Bag: Moi-même-Moitié 

Thank you for reading, bats! If you think I left anything out of my review, please let me know and I'll add it in.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Last Coords of 2015


Just wanted to share a few of my old coordinates from last year! It feels so weird to refer to 2015 as "last year". These are in no particular order...I just happened to be going through my phone and came upon all these pictures I forgot to post. It runs the gamut from casual to OTT.

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Dress: Atelier-Pierrot
Blouse: Atelier-Pierrot
Socks: Metamorphose
Bag: Moi-même-Moitié
Shoes: Antaina
Headdress: Antique Beast, offbrand
Jewellery: Alchemy Gothic, Offbrand
Wristcuffs: Offbrand

My friend Stacy was kind enough to take some really nice photos of my coordinate! Right now my camera is my S3, which is my most of my coord photos look like they were shot with a potato. 
This was an absolutely wild day! We were pretty tired after a lovely tea party at the Royal York. They gave us SO much food...had to loosen the back of my corset a bit. Anyway, we were hanging around a park downtown, relaxing and taking photos. A big baseball game was going on, so it was really busy and many of the passerby were totally wasted even though it was pretty early. It was pretty much a constant barrage of harassment /creepshots/annoying people until we just gave up and hit the bar.
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JSK: Moi-même-Moitié 
Jacket: Atelier Boz 
Blouse: Ista Mori
Socks: Metamorphose
Bag: Moi-même-Moitié
Shoes: Bodyline
Headdress: Antique Beast
Jewellery: Alchemy Gothic, Offbrand

It was absolutely freezing that day, but I wore Underarmour and frilly bloomers underneath my outfit. The Boz jackets look a lot warmer/thicker than they really are...on the subject of this jacket, I find a lot of people really dislike it when you wear a Roland with a print underneath since it blocks the print. I really like how it looks, though. I love all the metallic gold in this coordinate! Next time around, I want to pair it with a gold and black purse, and a big bonnet.


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Dress: Atelier-Pierrot
Blouse: Atelier-Pierrot
Tights: Abilletage
Bag: Moi-même-Moitié
Shoes: Demonia
Collar: Antique Beast
Hat: Offbrand 
Wristcuffs: Offbrand
Jewellery: Restyle, handmade, offbrand
Halloween party coordinate! I basically recycled the outfit from the Royal York tea party and added a hat. I thought my poofy black and blue hair would be appropriately witchy, so I didn't bother with a wig.

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Jacket: Atelier Boz
Blouse: Ista Mori
Jabot: Marble 
Brooch: Offbrand
Boots: Bodyline
Pants: Offbrand
My first shot at masculine aristocrat, I guess? I would love to purchase some better-fitting pants and a proper hat. I felt very elegant in this coord! I honestly think men's styles suit me better than lolita - I have a muscular figure, broad shoulders, and no boobs whatsoever.
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OP: Moi-même-Moitié
Blouse: Moi-même-Moitié
Socks: Moi-même-Moitié 
Shoes: Antaina
Headbow: Handmade
Jewellery: Alchemy Gothic

 I tried to find the loosest, comfiest pieces in my wardrobe because this meetup was for the sole purpose of eating pancakes and ice cream. Maybe not my best coord, but it was nice to be able to eat without worrying about popping a seam. I did manage to totally crumple my petti, though.

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JSK: Sheglit
Blouse: Offbrand
Jabot: Marble
Socks: Moi-même-Moitié 
Boots: Demonia
Beret: Offbrand
Jewellery: Restyle
Just a comfy, simple coord I wore to school. 

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JSK: Moi-même-Moitié
Blouse: Moi-même-Moitié
Socks: Moi-même-Moitié 
Boots: Bodyline
Headpiece: Offbrand

Another simple and comfortable coord for school!

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That's it for 2015. Hopefully 2016 is filled with even more coordinates and opportunities to wear lolita!