PMX Fashion 2013

This was my first year attending PMX, and I’m thankful for the experience! I met so many awesome people from SoCal and I’ve never attended a convention with so many activities geared toward the alternative fashion side of Japanese culture.

Here’s how my weekend went:

Boutique Friday

We decided to take the 6hr drive down and as soon as we arrived in LA we hit a pot hole and our tire popped!!! Not our best welcome. We arrived at the hotel with enough time for a nice soak before we went out to the con.

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Lolita closet explosion!

Some amazing boutiques were set up and I got to see some familiar faces. The stores and brands represented were Juliette et Justine, Baby, the Stars Shine Bright, MaruQ, Fairytale Boutique, The Snow Field, and One Day in Paradise.

Over in the Artist’s Market were two booths that caught my eye

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The girl running the KawaiiCore booth was the sweetest thing! I immediately fell in love with their laser cut jewelry and bought myself a holographic melty moon ring- I highly suggest checking them out. Cute Parade had a large assortment of glittery pastel and sweet accessories that were super adorable.

There was a Fashion Scavenger Hunt in the evening where we had to go all over the hotel and use prior knowledge to answer a list of 25 questions correctly. Our group was team Voldemort with Julie and Sandy from the SoCal community.

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Prizes!

We took second place and ended up with cute Snow Field clothing and CDs!

Tea Party Saturday

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✧ Coord Rundown ✧
JSK: Le Parfait du Lapin {Juliette et Justine}
Socks, Ring: Coat of Arms OTKs, Chocolat Frame Ring {Angelic Pretty}
Blouse: Commissioned {Wondertropolis}
Shoes: Shoes192 {Bodyline}
Crown, Jewelry: Offbrand

I ended up missing the Q&A for Mari Nakamura because I completely forgot that was a thing I wanted to do and we spent the morning getting the tire replaced. However, a friend gave me answers to the things I was most curious about:

  1. She has no current plans to expand to the US &
  2. She would be happy to attend other conventions if she’s asked.

The tea party was in a secret location within the hotel.

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There were so many cute and tasty desserts!

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juliette et justine pmx 2013

After eating we played Bingo. The prize was a Lapin et Camée JSK in sax.

We then had a private Q&A with Nakamura. She was incredibly friendly and funny! We learned that inspiration hits her when angels part the heavens and orchestral music plays, and that her happiest moment is when her face is buried in her cat’s belly (all in jest). It was amusing to see all the places she hides cats in her work.

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Photo Credit: Christine de la Creme

The dress I wore is my ultimate #1 favorite dress. It was fantastic meeting the person who made it while wearing it for the first time.

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Fashion Show Sunday

Last day of PMX! I spent the majority of it backstage prepping as a model for the fashion show. I was chosen for Baby, the Stars Shine Bright.

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Andi is such a sweetheart and did amazing work on my face! Photo Credit: Art of Zekie Chow

I was in shock when they showed me what I’d be wearing. It’s a dress I’m upset I didn’t reserve when it was available and after wearing it, it’s high on my wishlist.

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Sleeping Beauty OP. I wore FIVE petticoats, that’s a personal record!

I could have walked right off the runway with it I was so in love!

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Our BtSSB group waiting to go on stage
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This feels a bit narcissistic (Photo Credit: X X X)

After the show I had to sadly peel off this amazing perfect outfit back into my comfy clothes because we were heading back that day. But I couldn’t leave before seeing the panel for the lolita documentary Sugar Coated. I suggest you watch it!

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Julie, Lor, Jordan, Dina

The panel explained where the idea for the documentary came from. They wanted to show lolitas in a more humane and uncriticized light than most articles do. I thought they did a great job bringing together such different stories.

That about wraps it up. I can’t wait for next year. Have a sugar-sweet day and thanks for reading!