Hey darlings, long time no post!
In the past month I started my last semester in college, visited the island of Kauai for the first time, and modelled in the "What's Up Pussycat" fashion show at Bar 35. But by far, one of the most exciting things was fulfilling a dream and launching Hawaii's first visual kei event, "Vkei Dark Castle".
First, you should know that Vkei Dark Castle was a great success! Roughly 70-100 guests turned out for this debut event. We saw many new faces and some of our favourite local lolitas in their gothic best.
|Some of my good friends and favourite local lolitas, |
as well as VKDC's co-founder, Alice Demize (far right).
Using a high definition projector and the back wall as our screen, we set up a theatre of visual rock. Thanks to our DJ friends we had access to amazing sound equipment which took the music to another level. We took requests on everything from Dir en grey's "Obscure" (played twice) to Kaya's "Chocolat".
There were prizes for raffles and the best dressed guests, who faced off in our fashion walk-off. Prizes were donated by Babel Entertainment, Millennium Hawaii and personal friends.
Here are some photos from our fashion walk... everyone looked fantastic! Photos are courtesy of my friend Angel.
My own style was inspired by newer-school visual kei, shironuri makeup, and the fashion icon Minori. For the base, I used white kabuki makeup, then defined my eyes with purple eyeshadow, black Eyeko liquid eyeliner, and glossed by lips with deep burgundy lipstick by Urban Decay. Though I liked the initial effect, the white face paint rubbed off on everything, so I won't be doing it again!
The next Visual Kei Dark Castle is set for March 9th 2013, at Loft again, 9 PM to 2 AM. This time we are planning a special performance by one of Hawaii's top maid cafe and host clubs, Cafe Yu x Me (formerly run under Animaid). We're also trying to organise a Lolita fashion show and contests.
The theme for the next Dark Castle will be "Court of Hearts", or in other words will have an Alice in Wonderland twist. Like last time, guests will be urged to come dressed to impress, incorporating things that remind them of Alice in Wonderland. The best dressed male and female will be crowned the Red Queen and King, respectively, and be awarded prizes.
More official details to come!
I never thought that I would be able to start my own events for things I love; and I definitely never thought it would be successful~! I am so happy and proud, as well as extremely grateful to those that helped. We couldn't have done it without DJ Nocturna and Lana, Nephillim Halls, KTUH Radio, Angel and all of our friends who donated time, effort and prizes.
Hopefully there will be even more good news to come about the visual kei scene in Hawaii. Who knows what we might have started!