Lolita Fashion

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Music is definitely something that most people incline towards for relaxation and unreeling periods from their fast and disciplined life. But unfortunately these expressive styles of music are not in season every time. Different type of music has their own musical era that completely depends on the each type of musical preference by the listeners. The listeners are the main and the active participants that play a significant role in pushing the particular type of music in a season. Along with the musical influences the type of clothes and appearances also come into play. Though appearances are totally secondary and only become identified once live performances or the better-known medium of spreading the punk music get recognition in various parts of the world.

Music preference also depends a lot on individual behaviors. Some go for the soft and some would prefer loud ones. Those who consider themselves loyal towards any particular type of music will always try to follow the certain musical genres and generally they are the followers of soft and melodious music whereas the party goers would usually go with what people are verbalizing about and often it is something that would entirely depend on which music or artist has been actively performed.

Musical artists now believe that ‘Identity’ is very important to get oneself recognized among the crowd at a glance in a same profession. Punk fashion would go along well with their musical masterpieces. Hairstyles, hip clothing, brass or chain linings and jewelry, awkward-looking make-ups, body piercing, tattooing and facial designs are only some of the characteristics that are thought to have some intimate relationship with punk rock artists and performers and the combination of tunes delivered in a unique and different way different from that of other artists prove to be the touchstone for most solid performances.

Common people following different fashion becomes an item of criticism anywhere and are look down upon as weird creature but when a hit song comes out and the same fashion is followed by the performer it has a totally different insight. Even the criticizers start following the same suit and also consider getting a similar suit of their own. There are a number of notable sensational artists who are easily identified with punk and rock music that are not only making waves in the music industry but also raising storms in the world of fashion. Especially teenagers like to take inspirations from these rock stars and pamper them with such ideology.

Precursor to Punk: 1950s: Twist and Shout

In the 1950s, rock ‘n’ roll gave birth to the “teenager,” whose main traits were a fondness for rebellion, and the desire to cultivate an identity separate from his/her parents. The sexually suggestive dance moves and raunchy lyrics of teen favorites like Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry and Little Richard helped sow the seeds of the anti-establishment punk movement by making parents squirm as kids learned to do the twist. Twenty five years later, the idea of teenagers expressing their rebellion through clothes and music formed the basis of the punk rock revolution.

Precursor to Punk: Early 1960s: I Can’t Get No Satisfaction

In the 1960s, the Rolling Stones flouted convention with their aggressive antics and overtly sexual lyrics. Their hit song, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” lambasted commercial advertising and graphically described unrequited male needs. With their outrageous hairstyles and costumes, the Stones set the stage for punk rock’s dress code violations.

Precursor to Punk: 1960s: I Hope I Die Before I Get Old

British band the Who formed in 1964 and released the song “My Generation” in 1965. With lyrics like “I hope I die before I get old,” “My Generation” communicated the idea of a significant generation gap, with hostility on both sides. It was one of the most potent messages of youth rebellion ever produced. Written as an anthem for a group of alienated British teens called Mods, the mood of the track was a precursor to punk.

Kicking Off: MC5

The Motor City Five, a hard rock band from Detroit, emerged in 1964 and served as inspiration for numerous punk bands. Their bold guitar rifts, aggressive sound and blunt, confrontational lyrics like “kick out the jams, motherfucker!” shocked the music industry, but also prepared it for what was to come.

Daddy Of Them All: Iggy Pop

James Newell Osterberg Jr., better know as Iggy Pop, is often called “the Godfather of Punk.” As lead singer of the Stooges, Pop’s onstage antics—such as smearing raw meat on his chest, mutilating his body with broken bottles and jumping off stage into the audience—inspired many imitators.

Building Bridges: Velvet Underground

Even though their commercial success was limited, the Velvet Underground, an American band that formed in 1965, had a significant impact on the music scene of the 1970s and developed a cult following. They bridged the gap between the swinging ’60s and the anarchy of the ’70s punk movement, with songs about everything from transvestites to heroin addiction. The band, which was managed by Andy Warhol, got its name from The Velvet Underground, Michael Leigh’s book about sadomasochism, a copy of which was found by lead singer Lou Reed when he moved into his New York City apartment.

1970s: Birth Of A Movement

On both sides of the Atlantic, disenchanted white teenagers were frustrated by the constraints of mainstream society. Poor socioeconomic climates in London and New York turned many people against the chichi egoism of ’60s bands, and, in 1971, the New York Dolls and Suicide formed as a backlash against the Beatles and the Stones. They started playing at the Hotel Diplomat, the Mercer Arts Center, and Max’s Kansas City. Performer Richard Hell wore ripped tops bearing the slogan “Please kill me,” boosting punk’s fondness for subversive t-shirts. The fanzine, Punk, started in 1975 and was credited with first coining the term.

Where Everybody Knows Your Name: CBGB

The bar/club CBGB, located at 315 Bowery in New York City, opened in 1973 and quickly became a punk rock haven. The venue’s full name—CBGB OMFUG—stands for Country, Bluegrass, and Blues and Other Music for Uplifting Gormandizers (voracious eaters). Founded by Hilly Kristal, the nightspot became famous as the birthplace of American punk. In 1974, the Ramones, Television, the Dictators and other CBGB regulars helped punk to coalesce as a movement.

A Band Apart: Sex Pistols

Punk’s biggest band, the Sex Pistols, needs no introduction. In their early days, the band hung out at the Let It Rock clothing shop on the Kings Road and befriended shop owner Malcolm McLaren. McLaren became the group’s manager, changed the name of his shop to SEX and named the band Sex Pistols as a tribute to the boutique. The band took musical cues from the New York Dolls and the Ramones, but the lyrics to songs like “God Save The Queen” reflected distinctly British preoccupations. Band members Johnny Rotten and Sid Vicious quickly became the most infamous men in music.

The Architects: McLaren and Westwood

Malcolm McLaren and his business- and life-partner Vivienne Westwood may have been the parents of punk rock. Some claim that the Sex Pistols were merely McLaren’s puppets. Whether that’s true is debatable: what’s clear is that McLaren helped to create anti-establishment movements that had lasting effects in the U.S. and the U.K., and Westwood’s designs brought punk’s subversive style to the forefront of fashion.

Punk’s Poet Laureate: Patti Smith

Patti Smith rose to fame in 1975 and gave punk a literary touch. Her debut album, Horses, melded poetry with hardcore rock, and her introductory lyrics declared the arrival of an uncompromising talent: “Jesus died for somebody’s sins, but not mine.”

Work In Protest: The Clash

The Clash, an English group that formed in 1976, peddled their passionate left wing political idealism and protested against the monarchy, the upper classes and consumerism in the U.K. They gave an eloquent voice to a disenfranchised generation through their rebellious music and, with their fondness for reggae, they sowed the seeds for the two tone movement that was to come (Madness, Specials, English Beat…).

Look Sharp (and Spiky): Punk Style

In the 1970s, the stereotypical punk was emaciated with spiky, dyed black hair shaped into a Mohawk. He sported t-shirts plastered with profane slogans, a black leather jacket, a dog collar around his neck, safety pins through his clothes, facial piercings and steel-toed boots. This wasn’t just a style of dress; punk was (and to some still is) a lifestyle. Everything about punk opposes mainstream middle-class values and is intended to cause discomfort to those who witness it (and perhaps, in the case of the piercings, to those who embody it).

The Punk Dress Code

  • Bondage trousers
  • Ripped fishnet tights
  • Studded or spiked jewelry
  • Leather or denim jacket
  • Body piercings
  • Band names or symbols written on clothing with Magic Marker

Death Of A Star: Sid and Nancy

Sid Vicious (born John Simon Ritchie-Beverly), the Sex Pistols’ bass player, is believed to have killed his girlfriend, American groupie Nancy Spungen (a.k.a. “Nauseating Nancy”), in room 100 of New York’s Hotel Chelsea. On the morning of October 12, 1978, Sid snapped out of a drug-induced bender to find Nancy stabbed to death on the bathroom floor. Sid denied killing her. The event spawned a host of conspiracy theories, and the Hotel Chelsea became punk rock’s mausoleum. In February 1979, after recently completing rehab, Vicious overdosed on cocaine given to him by his mother. His death served as a metaphor for the end of punk’s prominence.

Punk’s Not Dead: The Legacy

Thirty years after the Sex Pistols broke up, it’s not unusual to see clusters of teenagers dressed in black, wearing bondage pieces and safety pins on St. Mark’s Place in New York City (where such items are sold) or in Middle American malls. Bands ranging from Green Day to the Libertines show that the punk rock movement has had a lasting affect on music and fashion. Sugarcoated singers like Avril Lavigne and Ashlee Simpson ape punk style to boost their credibility, and the skinny jeans that seem to be sprayed on to the legs of the high-fashion set also harken back to the days of punk.

The Personal Is Political: Plastic Punks

Bob Mould, of influential post-punk band Hüsker Dü, says, “Punks today are so concerned about what spikes or boots they’re going to wear next weekend that they don’t think there can be political implications in music. On the other hand, you see someone wearing a swastika on one shoulder and an anarchy symbol on the other and they don’t realize that the two contradict one another.” Mould was “anti-fashion,” and thought that fashion would take away from the music’s message. As an act of protest, he would play wearing plain white T-shirts—a look now more commonly associated with rappers.

The Factions

Punk spawned several sub-groups, each with its own dress code:

Contemporary Hardcore punk rockers typically wear jeans and a band T-shirt or hoodie.

Crust Punk rockers often sport tight black pants or camouflage shorts covered in patches, a black T-shirt or vest, and a studded black belt.

Deathrock/Horror Punk is similar to goth fashion. It’s a more risqué version of punk. Corsets, bustiers, fishnets and heavy horror makeup increase the sex factor.

Skate Punk kids’ style consists of baggy, sagging jeans, up-turned baseball caps, hoodies and skate shoes.

Grunge rockers are very casual and influenced by bands like Nirvana. Their uniform consists of flannel shirts, faded jeans, white T-shirts, utility boots and unwashed, scraggly hair.

Hardcore Emo fans typically wear tight black jeans, white belts, and a carabiner on their belt loop. Fans of this look often listen to brutal, punk-influenced bands like Some Girls.

Today’s Pop Punksters sport heavy black eyeliner, Dickies or skinny jeans, Converse sneakers, and studded belts. Their style is influenced by the third wave punk movement, which includes bands like Good Charlotte and Green Day.

Tight Fit: The Punk Silhouette

Many top fashion designers, such as Hedi Slimane and Jean Paul Gaultier, use elements of punk (slim lines, tapered legs and leather pants) in their collections, bringing punk even further into the mainstream, particularly when their designs are worn by popular bands like Franz Ferdinand.

From Anti to Establishment: Punk At The Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2006 Costume Institute ball had AngloMania as its theme, celebrating the launch of an exhibition that pays tribute to British designers and fashion icons from the past 30 years. Punk’s grande dame Vivienne Westwood stole the show at the gala reception with hot pink hair, killer red stilettos and a wrap fashioned out of the British flag—proving that rebellion is always en vogue.

As most music lovers say, music is a lifestyle, regardless of the genre. Thats particularly the reason why we see people dressed in graphic shirts with their favorite bands and artists, sporting outfits and accessories that best describe the music that they listen to.

Whether it may be reggae, rock, metal, goth, punk, hiphop, or pop, people are showing their love for such music genre through their outward appearances and behavior such as the clothes and fashion accessories they wear.

And as more people are accepting and listening to Punk music, the popularity and demand for Punk accessories are growing. You can see famous celebrities and music personalities wearing the latest punk accessories to complete their whole outfit and to give them more edge. But aside from the colorful and streaky hair, makeup, boots, and studded belts and cuffs, one accessory that seems to put the whole look together is the belt buckle.

Belt buckles are the latest craze in town, and you can see many people wearing different kinds of belt buckles to give their outfit a more unique and yet distinctive feel. It not only serves the purpose of holding your belt together and keeping your pants up, it also gives you a chance to express yourself and your personality through wearing belt buckles that make a statement.

Its also one way of standing out in a crowd. These belt buckles are perfect to wear for clubbing, parties, for your gigs, and simply for hanging around. Belt buckles ooze with personality, and it says a lot about the wearer. They can be good conversational pieces too since a really good and unique one will catch the attention of most people, and you could start a conversation with it as your topic.

There are many types of Punk fashion belt buckles, and they come in various materials. There are those emblems and icons made in silver, and there are those more elaborate ones where jewels and semi precious stones are embedded. There are even belt buckles that make use of Swarovski crystals to form the design.

Famous Punk fashion belt buckles include logos and insignias of your favorite band, guitar buckles, drum buckles, and many more. There are even buckles perfect for the emo punk, such as bleeding heart buckles, which can either be colored or pure platinum or silver. These belt buckles will look really good on Punk studded belts, and will really give your whole look a more Punk appeal.

If you want to personalize or customize your buckle, you can also have it done by getting your name or nickname, or initials as the design for your buckle. Of course, expect to be paying quite a sum for it, but its well worth having your very own personalized buckle as an accessory.

You can experiment and try on different buckles to try on new looks for your outfit. Mix and match becomes very easy, since all you have to do is replace your buckle and you get an instant new look.

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And after so much information, I will tell you a little out of school …

The first encounter with Lolita, I had some 2004th at that time I was a fan of Japanese rock music and fascinated by the elaborate costumes of the musicians.

One such musician was Mana, which I finally discovered the first label for me: Visible, Marble, Atelier Boz Atelier Pierrot and the real passion but took a few years to develop and so it took until 2006 before I get various online communities with Lolita-followed and began to focus on my first brand to save.

The first “real” Lolita items in my wardrobe were a grayish-white striped skirt of metamorphosis temps de fille. I got him today and wear it as a normal rock in everyday life, but without a petticoat. My initial was black, I went more on dark matters. Until one day I saw Classic Lolita outfits. Silk is done for me and I have a small pool of collected Classic Lolita outfits. The Classic Lolita on the product picture by the way I am.

Add to my favorite labels are of course also increases the Classic Lolita brands such as Victorian Maiden, Mary Magdalene and Innocent world.

But each brand holds beautiful things ready!

In everyday life, I wear Lolita too, but in a much weakened form. I shall not be generally on the petticoat and other embellishing. This is surprisingly good and many people speak to me again by the clothing.

Apparently it is without the pomp but probably just beautiful. Straight skirts flay powerful impression.

I visit more or less regular meetings Lolita. In particular, in the Rhine-Main I am found again and again, as I now organize meetings with the Frankfurt. Should you wish to participate, therefore, do not be shy and write me!

From beginner I am now also developed into quite, I mean you to say. As a model, I would not call myself really, but my passion for Lolita has made me a model of an exhibition and I recently drove a model for Atelier Boz to Düsseldorf. Since then I have a great desire to extend myself a little “and sometimes try to EGA.

Interestingly, Lolita meets with many of rejection, but photographers love it.

My experience in Lolita varies greatly. I avoid to be alone most of the way when I wear Lolita. Too many people are bold, be verbally abusive and some are prone to physical abuse, which they justify with the fact that they provoked the yes, if you look like that.

And as you can imagine, I would not be a victim of whatever. Commented Lolita is of course extremely well in groups a lot. What is observed is the phenomenon that people can talk, but rarely have the guts to ask questions. It is more readily believed that carnival, carnival is played, people agree the theme song of “Heidi” and come to much more absurd connections. For example rarity: an older woman asked me whether “the here” (the elevator) to do with Harry Potter would have. Sometimes you can take just the head. The worst experiences have many Lolitas well, sorry for the gentlemen, with football fans. Unfortunately they are often the pinnacle of bad behavior and do not shy from bad insults. But you can also get many other people and that happens not really rare.

Since I do not want to be the target of such anti-social behavior .., I’m rarely in full Lolita outfit traveling alone.

In my circle of friends Lolita is well received. No one says derogatory or insulting me at all. But I’m very fortunate to have many Japanese friends to friends who are familiar with the subject more or less. And of course, can be found at the Lolitas ever again develop new acquaintances make up friendships over the years.

If you still want more information can contact me like me holes with questions or debate.

• blouses in black and white. Ideally, two for each color, a short-sleeved one.

• Petticoat: THE must-have suits, ideally in color to the skirt.

• Socks: Unit or patterns, may be obtained even in discount stores, etc.

• Mary Janes or other cute shoes. Girls with small feet are in the children’s section of the shoe stores often something!

• Cute handbag: Lolita dresses and skirts rarely have pockets, but you will certainly need one.

• Shield: Has any, is needed from time to time. Should we not necessarily have to start, but we buy it anyway, sooner or later. Because he is just Lolita.

MAKE UP TIPS Lolita is, of course, that is waived to “paint”.

Lolitas are no clowns or dolls come to life, who wants to impress with Klimperwimpern and googly eyes. So please do not round patch on rouge on the cheeks, etc.

Dark outfits use some more make-up. Especially with EGA may be resorted times deeper into the pot to a dramatic aloofness and magic.