Lolita Blog Carnival’s coord prompts are great. They are broad and allow a multitude of interpretations and ways of approaching the theme, and today the challenge is to create a coord based on a book.
Normally I would’ve presented a flatlay here. However, I’m currently still obsessed with Sakizo’s Girl Meets Sweets and have been wanting to do a coord inspired by her illustrations, but right now the only one I could put together with my own wardrobe would essentially be taking my Baroque x Sakizo collaboration set, which isn’t particularly interesting. So instead I created not one, but two collages of coords inspired by the outfits from that book with stock pictures from Wunderwelt. Why Wunderwelt? Well, mainly because their stock photos are easy to put into visually pleasing collages, but also because they stock Abilletage tights which I feel are the fashion garment embodiment of Sakizo’s art.
In general I feel that the key to a coord that pays homage to Sakizo is layers. The illustrations and the outfits are extremely rich in detail: ruffles, lace, jewels, frills, bows, fabric textures, embellishments, the pieces of sweets… All of these elements give off a very Rococo opulence vibe, regardless of whether the outfit’s style is more lolita or more lingerie, and you cannot achieve that without layering multiple pieces. Hopefully even despite the way the collages are set out you can imagine how this would look put together into a whole.
|| Angelic Pretty Aphrodite OP | Abilletage Ramage short corset | Abilletage corset OTKs | Atelier Pierrot shantung frill skirt | Queen Bee Classical Frame pumps | Morun x Muuna Stoik all-lace veil clip | Corgi Corgi rose frill headband | Q-Pot pearl meringue ribbon necklace | Enchantlic Enchantilly Dolled-up Pinky crown ring ||
The first coord is somewhat of a nod to the Wedding Cake outfit. In this particular case I actually want the ivories to be a little bit mismatched – it creates a certain depth to the outfit and in my personal opinion, ivories and creams lend themselves well to slight mismatch in colours (as long as you don’t have one that’s almost white next to some that are practically yellow). Of course, there probably would’ve been more jewellery: more rings, maybe a few longer strings of pearls, some earrings etc. to convey the opulence even better. There simply wasn’t enough room on the collage for all of that without making it look messy. And I would’ve loved a slightly classier, less chunky shoe with this outfit, but at the time I was putting those together there simply wasn’t a pair on Wunderwelt that worked better. Overall, I think this is a good attempt at an outfit inspired by one from Sakizo’s book and I regret that this OP does not come in my size, since it would satisfy my fancy nonsense box on my wishlist.
|| Atelier Pierrot Ivan OP | Enchantlic Enchantilly rose lace ribbon corset | Abilletage Victorian corset tights | Atelier Pierrot shantung frill skirt | Alice and the Pirates cabriole ribbon shoes | Krad Lanrete Transilvania moonlight headdress | Alice and the Pirates frill bustle | Abilletage Noir lace collar | Alchemy Gothic Venetian Vanity ring ||
And here is a second coord, primarily because I couldn’t decide which one of the two I liked better. They went in slightly different directions, so while the first one is taking more inspiration from Sakizo’s lolita outfits, this one takes more from the darker cabaret and Victoriana costumes that she draws. Wine and black is a classic colour combination that features in a lot of Sakizo’s artwork, making this almost an easy ‘inspired by’ outfit. However, I feel like this one nailed the layers down a little bit better thanks to the corset, bustle and collar. Again, there probably would’ve been more jewellery if I could fit it nicely into the collage, although what I had in mind wasn’t really available on Wunderwelt. I would love to include some brooches for extra pizzaz, maybe add a black lace Venetian mask too – and I’m torn between adding some long black pearls or leaving the collar to be the sole neck accessory. Ideally I would’ve put this coord with the same heels in black, but there weren’t any available, so I prioritised the style of the shoe over the colour. But overall I feel like this coord is something that could feature in Girl Meets Sweets – after Sakizo added actual sweets to it to make it relevant, of course. Though actually it’d probably be in the beverages section as an actual glass of red wine.
So here you have it – two outfits inspired by a book. Honestly, I would happily wear either of those, so since I can’t, I will just have to work harder on creating a Sakizo-inspired coordinate with what I have. And try to not make it use the Repose of Queen entire set. Maybe Baroque and Sakizo will release another collaboration this year? They’ve done one every year since 2014, but there was nothing last year, so here’s hoping!
Anyway, make sure to check out what kinds of books other bloggers participating in this week’s Lolita Blog Carnival were inspired by and what outfits they put together.