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[Oct. 30th, 2006|09:03 pm]
Honesty, Passion and Knowledge for Lolita
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[candy_butcher]
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Hello hello your mod here with an update on how the UnBirthday event with Novala went for those of you who weren't able to attend. It seems at the moment that there are quite a few pics circulating around the internet at the moment from the party so for the update I will focus more on what was said that I think holds more importance at the moment as the attendees were blessed with some very useful information. Click the cut.

Please keep in mind that these are *paraphrased* questions and answers.

Q : Are there any plans for opening a Baby store outside of Japan?
A : Yes. Baby is currently looking into opening a store in the US (location undisclosed) and a store in France.

Q : Are there any other brands you would like to work with?
A : Yes, in fact there are some deals being worked on right now but he won't say with who at this point lest it detour any future plans with those brands.

Q : Are there any plans on Novala's part to publish more of his works in the US?
A : As of now the future of any of Novala's work reaching the US is completely up to the fans. If you wish to see more in the US please organize a letter witting campaign or something along similar lines as Novala himself has no say in the matter at this particular time.

Q : What do you think of American lolitas? What differences do you see between lolita here in America and of that in Japan?
A : Novala doesn't really see any difference in the visual aspects of lolita in America and Japan and for this he is both surprised and relived. Before coming to America he thought that there would be a noticeable difference in Japanese and American lolita so when he finally arrived in America and saw such an effort being put into the fashion it made him very relieved. He is so happy to see that he has so many friends here in America (he actually called us all his comrades ^___^).

Q : Is there anything in particular that really stood out about lolitas in America that surprised you?
A : Yes, Novala was quite surprised by the pride and dedication shown in American lolitas. He thinks that it shows a depth of understanding for the fashion that is taken for granted by many Japanese lolitas due to the ready availability of brand items that are so easily attainable. That we work so hard for our clothing made an impression on him. He was also greatly taken with our determination to be able to stand up and say "this is who I am, this is how I want to dress".

Q : What do you think of boys in lolita fashion?
A : Lolita to him is something that is a privilege reserved for girls in his mind. While he supports guys in the fashion he would rather see more girls as he doesn't want to see too many men becoming lolita. At the same time at his signings when he sees boys show up and looking over whelmed for being one of the only males there and looking apologetic he says that he wishes he could tell them words of encouragement. When he first started living a lolita lifestyle he thought he was the only one, but the more involved he becomes the more he sees that there are indeed men within the lolita community and he wishes that those who have made a decision to become lolita would stand taller and not be ashamed or embarrassed by their decision.

Q : Is there any age that it becomes inappropriate for a woman to still wear lolita?
A : No. (he said this so fast and surely it was cute ^_____^)

Q : There were some anti-Yankee sentiments expressed Kamikaze girls. Do you not favor Americans? (I'm phrasing this nicer than it was asked -____-;)
A : Kamikaze Girls is meant to be read as a comedy, so far he has not had any unfavorable experiences with any westerners.

Q : In your book Lolita how much of the book is fiction and how much is autobiography?
A : The book is written as fiction however the romance in the book is based on something that happened in real life.

Q : Where does your inspiration for design come for? Is there any color that you like to use in particular?
A : When thinking of marketing he thinks in terms of pink, however when designing for himself as a male he thinks pink might be a little too girlish. He also thinks that perhaps you won't believe him however when he designs while he does reference a large costume/dress encyclopedia he feels as if an angel comes down from heaven and inspires him. Although there are always a few devils there whispering ideas to him as well. ^___~

Q : Do you think that there is an ideal lolita? Perhaps a celebrity?
A : No. There are plenty of celebrities wearing lolita however for him its easy to see who wears lolita because their agent tells them to and those who wears it because they are honestly living a lolita lifestyle. As for girls not in the media he feels that perhaps some may be better suited to lolita aesthetically, however as long as they are living their life with a lolita mind set and have put an effort into what they are wearing they themselves are already embodying the ideal of lolita.

Q : How did you first start your work with Baby and Hello Kitty?
A : He and Baby first collaborated on a t-shirt together to promote Kamikaze Girls, however once it was finished he realized that he liked designing and decided to do more work. The work with Hello Kitty started after he was invited to a convention because he was such a fan. Wanting to be polite to the company he offered his services if they needed help not expecting a response, so he was very surprised when he received a call fro them.

Q : Are there any western brands you'd like to work with? V Westwood perhaps?
A : He would love to work with Ms Westwood however he had a chance to meet with her and he doubts that a collaboration would happen as he was surprised to find that she isn't particularly fond of lolita. ^^;;;;

Q : Who won the prize for best dressed/mannered? What was the prize?
A : Novala was truly sincere in calling us his comrades. We rock paper scissored for it (rock won)! The prize was something bright pink with hello kitty on it. To me it looked like a nice bed spread or something similar however I'm told that that wasn't it at all. o____o

Q : Where does he himself find inspiration for being so wonderful?
A : By thinking of only cute things from when he wakes up to when he goes to bed.

Q : Do you have any *other* hobbies other than cute things? ^^;;;
A Nope, he only prefers to think of very cute things!

Q : Anything to say on the craft of writing?
A : The craft is probably one of the most painful things he has ever experienced, however if he didn't write he would feel as if he would never have a way to express who he really is as a person.

Q : What did you think of the movie version of Kamikaze Girls?
A : He was very pleased, especially in the way that he felt he could really trust the director.


Aaaaand that's all that I can remember at the moment that seems of great importance. Novala was gracious enough to go around table by table at the party and give everyone a chance to talk with him and answer questions, so while I was lucky enough to experience this first hand I wasn't privy to all questions asked.

Most importantly what was felt and taken from this was a feeling that Novala is a person just like any other. Afterwards there was a bit of a discussion with some of the girls there afterwards about the term "elitism" and the general idea being expressed was that the tea party with Novala really expressed what elitism *should* represent ~ graciousness, kindness, pride in what you do and most of all the idea of just being your own quirky self as was shown by Novala. A cute example would be in the panel when someone asked who his shoes were by he quickly told us V Westwood and then put his foot up on the table to a room full of delighted laughter and hiked up his pant leg to show us! Despite the gravity that his visit held Novala wasn't afraid to remind lolitas to cut loose and have some fun and to show others the lighthearted side of lolita elitists!

Sorry if this was so long! I hope everyone had a nice time on the day of the party wither you were able to attend or not.
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[User Picture]From: rayna1
2006-10-31 05:18 am (UTC)
does that mean that l_f is not the right elitism o_o;
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From: candy_butcher
2006-10-31 05:22 am (UTC)
Well . . . as a member of l_f I'm going to say that like anything in life there are times to be serious and present a good immage where it will be most productive and there are times under the anon of the internet to kick back your heels and laugh >.> . I think that while one facit of lolita is more graciuos, within the community the two different attitudes both have there own place. (runs off to check l_f)
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[User Picture]From: rayna1
2006-10-31 05:24 am (UTC)
oh okay, so we can't be like disowned lolis for being in l_f XO. I guess just as long as we don't be like this in someone's face >_>
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From: candy_butcher
2006-10-31 05:30 am (UTC)
Yeah it just depends.

Like, there was a more l_f side of elitism being expressed at the party (one of the ita-lolis showed up [white satin, pettycoat showing]), so obviousely even though there was a kindness being expressed by allowing her to attend and being helpful with advice and allowing others to learn from mistakes (many showed up without anything under their skirt! O___O) there will always be a bitchy side of eletism that I think is expecially developed in areas outside of Japan because we have to work so much harder to look good. U___U I'm not going to ever argue against either aspect becuase I feel as if both are honestly lolita eletism. Where theres one there will be the other.

lol

Its sort of like the light and dark side of the force! (rawr! I R Jedi rorita - my rightsaber needz moar race!)
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From: candy_butcher
2006-10-31 05:32 am (UTC)
I totally forgot to say this since I'm always thinking it but I love your icon. Nao = lurve.
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[User Picture]From: bucktick
2006-10-31 11:59 am (UTC)
thanks for bothering to write this up for us, I enjoyed reading it. Novala sounds like a nice guy.
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From: candy_butcher
2006-10-31 08:19 pm (UTC)
No problem, it was my pleasure to do so! Yeah Novala was surprisingly warm and funny. He also seemed very grateful for the opportunity to come here. I remember at the signing session he even shook everyone's hands! @__@
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[User Picture]From: neonstilettos
2006-10-31 02:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks for posting this. I would've loved to attend this event, but curse me being like 900 miles away :( I'm really glad they enforced a strict dresscode- sounds like it paid off! Novala sounds like a cool guy and like he was impressed with American lolitas :)

And as for l_f? It's just comedy, as far as I'm concerned (albeit at other people's expense ;p). I really hope no one actually takes that community seriously.
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From: candy_butcher
2006-10-31 08:21 pm (UTC)
Yeah I don't think people should take it that seriously either but I do think its a part of lolita that's very real.

I'm sorry I couldn't have seen you at the event, it would have been nice to have been able to chat. :(
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[User Picture]From: neonstilettos
2006-10-31 09:18 pm (UTC)
The "elitism" is actually more of a good thing, I think. It encourages everyone to have pride and confidence in being lolita and to represent the fashion in a positive way. Things like l_f just serve as reminders to not take it all too seriously XD It is just a silly fashion after all, but "whatever you are, be a good one!"
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From: candy_butcher
2006-10-31 09:22 pm (UTC)
Well said.

Damn, now I want to open a discussion on lolita fucks and see what people think (inivte some lfers to join).
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From: voodoo_harlot
2006-11-04 06:09 am (UTC)
That my dear is a wonderful suggestion. Forgive me if I take a moment to abuse my unlimited posting. ;)
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[User Picture]From: alice_sakurada
2006-11-01 10:55 pm (UTC)
IAWTC. It makes you WANT to be better. When you have worked so hard at it, just to see the way some people throw the words lolita fashion around on just about anything with lace, thats what makes you take a certain joy in ripping them apart. Not for their effots into lolita but for their lack of it. If half would just try to even MIMIC bibles, they wouldn't be put on L_F in the first place.
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[User Picture]From: alice_sakurada
2006-11-01 05:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this out. Its much better and more informative than seeing the pictures (which are also nice but...I like actually information as well).

I also live so far away it was impractical to go but his answers make me remember what I loved about lolita in the first place.

I loved his answers.
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From: candy_butcher
2006-11-01 07:49 pm (UTC)
I'm glad someone else feels the same about his answers. Going into the event I reread a bunch of the essays he had written and realized that I didn't always agree with what he was saying. In them he seemed a bit cold and ungiving.

However after meeting him and listening to him talk I was reminded of why lolita is still a love of mine. I was really taken aback by his warmth.
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[User Picture]From: alice_sakurada
2006-11-01 10:53 pm (UTC)
I loved how there were rules on what attire could be worn to the event as well. It really made people work at it and from the photos, it seemed worth the effort as they all looked amazing. Much better than most photo shoots and tea parties.
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