I reserved a skirt a lonnnnnggg time ago (we're talking early March or so) and I finally got it in. For those that follow me on Facebook, I dropped a preview of this skirt a while back. I really wanted to finally showcase more in-depth photos of the skirt. The print is called Night Parade of One Hundred Demons (or Hyakki) and was made by the Taobao shop, Excalibur Lolita. I just read on Lolibrary that the skirt is actually made from bamboo fabric! That's totally cool.
Check out the detailed skirt information here.
|Stock photo, I do not own!|
I got the skirt in the navy colorway, size L-XL. It fits like a dream and looks great with a petticoat. I can't wait to put together a Japanese inspired coord featuring cherry blossoms or a yokai coord, featuring one of the demons in the print.
The print reminds me of a night at a Japanese festival. It also reminds me of the anime Nura: Rise of the Yokai. If you've never heard of that anime/manga, here's a Wiki page that explains a bit about it. I have yet to read the manga, but the show was on Netflix.
Anywho~! On to the review!
|My packaged skirt!|
As I said before, the waistband of the skirt has room for corset lacing. I'm not sure if I'd actually want to lace it up, but we'll see. Let's take a look at more pictures. This print is really vivid and gorgeous!
|A handful of the 100 demons.|
|OMG, so cuttee!|
|2 spooky 4 me.|
|An umbrella demon???|
|Helllloooo nurse, <3|
Overall, I'm pleased with this piece. I'm a bit concerned that I'll be stuck in a particular niche while trying to coord it, but I can't say I mind the challenge. I'm trying to figure out where and when I'll wear it, so it'll be a while before I can wear it out anywhere.
I give this skirt and this shop a 5 out of 8. I think it's extremely ambitious to make a skirt out of bamboo fabric, but that ugly bow has go to go. I plan to keep an eye out for more releases from Excalibur before I form my full opinion on them. Unlike Das Lied der Elfen or Grove Deer, Excalibur didn't leave much of an impression on me.
Are there any Taobao shops out that there you're head over heels in love with? Sound off in the comment box below!
Stay beautiful, stay true.