Sunday, 14 July 2013

Angelic Pretty's Promenade de Paris series

Today, AP just released its Promenade de Paris series, which is the first city inspired print I have seen in Lolita.

First, the OP has a boatneck/sailor neck line with a bib on the top. Instead of the waist bow, it has a waist ribbon, which creates a belt like effect. Also, the pleats at the bottom is something different from the lace that is normally seen. The use of a pink background with purple detailing is cute. The only problem with the OP is that it has no shirring whatsoever, which restricts the sizing. Overall, it is a nice OP.

Next is the halter neck JSK, which has a larger bib than the OP but does not have the waist ribbon. But it has a bow on the upper part of the bib and half back shirring. It also has a removable waist tie at the back, making it flexible in terms of sizing. The sax colourway does not have the same effect as the pink x purple one. However, the pink ribbon borders on the print do stand out more, which creates a strong effect.
The skirt of this series is another non-traditional miniskirt that you cannot fit a petticoat in. Sure, Lolita does not always require one but the shape of this miniskirt seems to be very inflexible because the hips need to be within a certain width or the skirt will not fit in contrast to the traditional bell-shaped skirt, which is a free size in the hip area. With this particular skirt, the pleats break up such a beautiful print, which is a shame but the ribbon detailing on the upper area is a nice touch.
Overall, the Paris inspired print does give the impression of walking though a Parisian street with cafes, patisseries and other kinds of shops. The print also includes two features of Paris: The Eiffel tower and a woman (in this case a girl dressed in Lolita) walking her poodle. I would consider buying the OP or the halter neck jumper skirt in either pink/purple or sax if I could.

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