Baby, The Stars Shine Bright Party

My trip to Japan to meet with the potential music act for our 2014 convention turned into a fantasy-like event of a trip when I decided to follow the white rabbit down the rabbit hole. In this case, the white rabbit was Fumiyo Isobe and the rabbit hole was a cruise ship called the Symphony Classica.

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Isobe had invited me to a grand event and today, November 2nd, was the Baby The Stars Shine Bright Lolita Tea Party. I probably lost you here, no worries. In order to move forward with this story, let me take a few steps back.

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Baby The Stars Shine Bright is a clothing label started in the late 80′s by Akinori and Fumiyo Isobe. The label focuses on Sweet Lolita, a sub category of Lolita fashion.

The event attended celebrated both brands and showcased the new collection while creating an enchanting atmosphere for everyone to socialize in.

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Most people refer to it simply as ‘Baby’. In 2004, a Baby clothing line known as Alice and the Pirates, was created and focused more on pirate/punk/ouji style.

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By the time I received an invitation, I was told the event was sold out. Tickets were sold at 18,000 yen or about $200 each. For this you get your own personal chair at dinner, a personal number, great food and a ticket to a captivating place…on a cruise ship.

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I took the Yamanote line from Shinjuku and arrived at Hamamatsucho station. A 10 minute stroll thereafter brought me to Hinode Terminal, where I was presented with credentials and a Lolita instructions manual.

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I think this says ‘How to Lolita’. Rule #5 Don’t Touch.

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Tomomi Nakamura, Designer for Alice and the Pirates, said, “Arrive early,” and I did indeed. The point was to take in the kawaii in the air, in small, well managed breaths, over time. It is like taking a bath in milk, while very thirsty. If you walk into a place like this unprepared your head will explode from the amount of cuteness.

Isobe walked over to me, ‘Are you ready?’

‘As soon as I finish this vodka Martini’ I answered.

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Fumiyo Isobe is a legend. She has a daughter, a cute dog named Popo and a husband who collects Godzilla figurines and has the Godzilla theme song on repeat, in his car.

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She walked me to the changing room where I was greeted by everyone.

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I said to Tomomi, “These outfits are wonderful.”

“I hope so” she answered, “I haven’t slept in 3 days.”

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Midori was looking so beautiful. Masumi Kano, Designer for Baby, was finishing up with her outfit as I walked in.

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Idol, Aya Ikeda, was one of the models and looked gorgeous.

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I was allowed to walk around and snap away. Lucky me!

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Alice and the Pirates had a hint of steampunk for this collection.

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The right accessories are a must for any outfit.

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Twins! Double the cute!

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Meanwhile in the main cabin, preparations for the party were under way.

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Soon, everyone went down below for rehearsals.

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The guests arrived as the lights dimmed…

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And the fairy tale commenced.

Continue to Part 2