so here comes - finally - my report from the amazing weekend I spent in Paris on the occasion of La Vie en Rose, a Lolita convention organized by Street Fashion Europe, the European Lolita community.
I decided to make one post on the whole trip, so it's going to be rather long, I hope you don't mind... (and if you do, you can always just look at the pictures and scroll through the rest (^.-) ).
On friday, 20. February, my partner in crime Lea and I took the TGV to Paris. After arriving, we went to leave our luggage in our hotel in Montmartre (a beautfiul district if it wasn't for all the stairs at the metro station - seriously, if you're there take the elevator!). Then we headed straight back to the city for some shopping at Axes Femme!
Jsk: handmade by me
Bonnet: Medusa Couture
|The Axes Femme shop is so pretty! (^.^)|
I didn't buy anything yet, but we already saw the first Lolitas, yay! (^_^) We had dinner plans with Lolitas from Austria, Russia and France that night, and on the way there we found this gorgeous carrousel:
|unfortunately, it was raining (-.-)|
Dinner was lovely, everyone was so nice and looked so pretty! Afterwards, we went to se the musical Le Bal des Vampires. It was so amazing! I especially loved the costumes and the stage setting. Overall, I liked the second half of the musical better, when they actually were in the castle. It was much more gothy :D
|Duplica and I were wearing the same bonnet!|
On saturday was the convention! We had GA tickets, so we had enough time to get ready. The con took place at a beautiful hotel, where two large halls were prepared for us. There were a lot of selling booths, a runway with some chairs and a lot of absolutely gorgeous Lolitas. I tend to get a bit overwhelmed when confronted with so many people, and I totally forgot to take pictures, but luckily other people were more considering (*_*)
|Swiss girls! With Fifi, Nadine and Lea|
|photo by Punkangel|
As you can see, I decided to wear my Pirate Lolita outfit! I got a lot of compliments, especially for the hat, which made me incredibly happy (^_^)
During lunch break, we stepped outside for a bit of fresh air and some photos in front of the Arc de Triomphe.
My personal highlights were the two fashion shows. The first one was from all the indie brands that also had a stand during the event (I had applied too but didn't get in because there were so many). Here's a really good video of it.
The second fashion show featured Baby, the Stars Shine Bright and Triple Fortune (with wigs provided by Lockshop).
I also recommend to have a look at the official photos here.
|all the Btssb models|
|all the Triple Fortune models|
Beforehand, I had known Triple Fortune mainly for their elaborate bonnets. While I really like them, I'm not sure whether I would wear one. But I was very intrigued by the skirts. The material is quite unusual, some kind of light, silky, unelastic fabric. I wasn't convinced when they hanged on the rack, but after I saw the fashion show I knew I needed this skirt!
I just fell in love with the unusal aubergine colour of the ruffles!
That evening, we were both a bit tired so all we did was going for dinner at a cute restaurant.
On sunday, there was a tea party organized, but we spared us from the hustle to get tickets and went to Disneyland instead. We met with a group of super nice Parisian Lolitas who also didn't attend the tea party. I've never been to Disneyland before, so I was really excited! The weather was very warm and sunny, so naturally there were a lot of other visitors, but it was nevertheless a great trip!
|Can you tell I'm really happy? (^.^)|
Dress: Meudsa Couture
Hat: handmade by me
Later, we went to the La Vie en Rose Afterparty, where we met some of the other Lolitas again. The small bar was very crowded, but nevertheless there was a lot of dancing on the (nonexistent) dancefloor (^_^) Lolitas know how to party!
Monday was already the last day of our stay. We decided to visit the Cimetière du Père Lachaise, as Lea hadn't seen it before. I like that place a lot, with all it's history and such.
In the afternoon, we went to see the Btssb shop and also Axes Femme, again. This time I couldn't resist and bought a bag from Axes Femme (*_*)
These are all my purchases from Paris:
|Happy Lolita selife in front of the Baby shop|
Since we had a little time left, we also paid Ladurée a visit. It's quite expensive, but totally worth it! I had some delicious pastry and amazing tea (which was called Marie Antoinette)
And then it was already time to catch the train home! It was a great weekend with a lot of amazing people, and I enjoyed my stay a lot. It inspired me to wear (even) more often Lolita and travel to more places I haven't seen yet (^.^)