Of Ravens and Writing Desks at Tokyo Fashion Week

When I found out that style.com was photographing the runway shows  at Tokyo Fashion Week, I was simply elated. I became even happier when I checked my email today and found out that Alice Auaa’s show was photographed.

For those of you unfamiliar with this brand, Alice Auaa is, an avant-garde gothic and Lolita fashion brand started in 1995 by Yasutaka Funakoshi. (http://tokyo-mbfashionweek.com/en/brands/views/alice%20auaa)

From what I can tell, their theme this year is Alice in Wonderland. I mean, having an Alice dress as the opening piece did drop a hint.

Opening look at Alice Auaa S/S 2013, via style.com

“Why is a raven like a writing desk?” via style.com


Another prominent theme of Alice Auaa’s clothes is deconstruction, although I don’t feel it is as prominent this season as it has been in the past. I also noticed that there was good use of hoop skirts in this show.

Deconstruction at Alice Auaa, via style.com

Deconstruction at Alice Auaa, via style.com

More hoop skirts at Alice Auaa, via style.com















On a side note, check them out here and buy their clothes here (shopping service required).

I hope you enjoyed this post!!


I Don’t Need A Man – Miss A

Today it’s all about Miss A‘s “I Don’t Need a Man”!


This song has a very upbeat, refreshed feeling to it  with a strong sense of independence. It’s a great song to motivate you to work, get over someone, or just feel very independent. I would expect to hear this song blasting at the clubs in Korea, because it’s got a great beat to dance to.

The formatting of this video is the standard K-pop music video format, so there’s not much to talk about here.

Would I say this is a typical Miss A song? Yes. Their songs generally have an upbeat feeling to it, with the exception of “Touch”. It’s also very ‘Miss A’ in a way that it appeals to their dancer image.

The choreography is simple, unlike some of their past works, and easy to learn. I feel like the dance has a similar feeling to that of Wonder Girls‘ “Like This”. Maybe the same choreographer? It’s a plausible explanation, considering they are technically part of the same company.


I’ll break this part down into group styling and individual styling.

  • Group Styling:

The group styling had a ‘sexy menswear’ theme to it, which has been done before, but not to the same type of song, at least, not that I know of.  It used suit jackets, hot pants, and heeled/wedge boots.

Miss A group shot outfits (one of many), via google images

Another group shot, via google images

  • Independent Styling:


Min’s looks were very 60’s, but with a bad-girl edge to it with the use of different textiles and accessories.

Min’s main look in the video, but without the necklace. via google images.


Jia was the epitome of a rock princess, with the softer elements of a long tutu and tiara juxtaposing the boots, red lipstick, and leather glove(s?). The ombre hair was also a nice touch there.

Jia, the rock princess, via google images


Suzy had a grunge look, with the plaid shirt, bralet, and accessories. I must say, she definitely pulls this look off well.

Suzy the grunge, via tumblr

Suzy the grunge close-up, via tumblr


Fei, like Suzy, had a grunge feel. But with Fei, her grunge was more hip-hop. Not to racially stereotype here, but she vaguely reminded me of a black girl.

Fei, secretly a black girl, via tumblr

Putting it all together:

Miss A inspired rock princess

What do you think? Do you think you can pull this look off?