Sunday, July 20, 2014

Baby, the Stars Shine Bright: NYC store opening

Sorry...instagram pictures until i get my camera from my sister
So, yesterday was the grand opening for the NYC Baby, the Stars Shine Bright store. I went with my sister and we made our teenage selves pretty happy. Lolita was pretty out of reach for us growing up. Back then it was only DIY or you had to go to Japan, so it was pretty much just for the super-rich. (not that it isn't still expensive!)


They had a few presale tickets for sale for people who wanted to get there early, but we went at 1, when the store officially opened. And then waited in line for 3 hours. They only let 20 in the store at a time!! Even though I had to wait for so long, I think it was a good idea. There was plenty of room to look around and I didn't feel cramped. The shopping experience was really pleasant. I wanted to get a hair bow or something, but didn't feel like waiting in yet another line!

The store also sold stuff from Tokyo Rebel, which NO ONE looked at. Tokyo Rebel sells visual-kei stuff that's like Tripp-goth. It looked so Hot Topic and the look is SO dated.

Most of the people dressed up

In the line, I talked to people from all over who travelled to come here for the event. Everyone was really excited and it was a great, friendly vibe. I haven't hung out with lolitas before and they seemed really nice. Maybe the mean ones only go on 4chan and don't go out in the real world. Most people wore BtSSB, but there were a few bodyline dresses too. Yesterday was the first time I saw both in real life. BtSSB is made really well, but I was surprised to see that many of the dresses were made out of polyester. must be really hot on a summer day! Bodyline didn't seem bad at all. I asked the girl what she though of it and said "Bodyline is hit or miss--look VERY carefully at the photo before ordering. You can tell which one is good." Fabric felt like a medium weight cotton. Pretty good. The BtSSB was very heavyweight fabric (some polyester some natural) and no expense was spared on buttons bows, ruffles, hidden ruffles, etc. You really do get what you pay for. I was also happy to see that a lot of embellishments were actually removable, if you wanted to wear these dresses for everyday wear.

Also, I kind of have a problem with lolita shoes. They're all made of plastic and don't look comfortable at all. I saw a few girls take off their shoes and stand on the sidewalk. A NYC SIDEWALK! They must have been from out of town.

I'll probably stop by again for some actual shopping, once they replenish their stock. despite the purchase limits (YES--purchase limits!!!) yesterday, it seems like not a lot is left at the store.

More pictures on Monday, when I get my camera back!

7 comments:

  1. Wow! That is so awesome! Everyone looks great and the store sounds like a big hit! :D I love Lolita! All those dresses are gorgeous! It's so neat that they opened have a Lolita store by you now (I wish we had one of those). How cool is that!

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    1. yeah everyone looked fantastic! NYC has long been overdue for a brand lolita store for sure

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  2. That one poor darling is wearing a petticoat that doesn't fit her dress and it hurts me a bit. I used to be pretty into Lolita lol.

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    1. Really? Which one? Everyone looked fine to me

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  3. how lovely, must be a store filled with heavenly pretty dresses! nice to see that so many people came!

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  4. Oh, what a cute bunch! I'm afraid I'm too busty to pull off the Lolita thing, but I've always admired it. I might delve into Rococo loli-goth, which may look better on my figure.

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