Wednesday, 9 December 2015
Pink Hime Spotlight!
I have been a big fan of Hime-Gyaru brand "Pink Hime" for a long, long time. Pink Hime is an independent brand created by the designer Tomo from Japan, who established her brand in 2006. Hime-gyaru is a sub genre of Gyaru and is exactly as the name states - "hime" is Japanese for princess and the aesthetic is huge curly hair and eye lashes, plenty of frills, roses, jewels and anything you might find a princess wearing. Tomo makes every piece by hand, and many pieces are one-off, every piece is intricately detailed and filled with love, and of course, pink!
I got sent a huge box of love from Tomo and opening it was like all my birthdays coming at once!
As winter is coming there were two fluffy scarves; the first one in true princess style is embellished with lacy ribbons, layers upon layers of soft frills, roses and heart-shaped gems. The scarf actually came with a matching lacy hair accessory, laden with pearls and a furry pink heart-shaped necklace. I am still marvelling at how much work has been put into each little piece; even the necklace has tiny pink ribbons embroidered with lace and even those little ribbons are adorned with pearls and jewels. The heart of the necklace is also glittery and filled with little stars that twinkle in the light. Not to mention, all the accessories even smell sweet! Everything is tinged with a slight strawberry aroma, which made the experience even more dreamy.
Next were some fluffy pastel accessories, which would be perfect for a Harajuku-kei outfit as well as hime-style. The scarf is made from soft, fleecy material and silky, pink faux fur and embellished with huge fluffy strawberries embellished with hearts, ribbon and lace in romantic shades of pink. This came with a matching wooly hair barrette in a dreamy pastel gradient embedded with little plastic pastel stars and other little fluffy pastel brooches to accessorize the scarf with.
Naturally I was super eager to take them out for a test drive, so I arranged a day out in Harajuku with my friend Shiena, who is a very experienced and veteran Gyaru. I let her model the fluffy strawberry set, while I modeled the princess items.
We chose the Moshi Moshi box to model in front of , because Harajuku was very crowded as it was a sunday and the box features a huge kaleidoscopic pastel clock, designed by the world renowned artist and designer Sebastian Matsuda, who is also the owner of 6% Doki Doki.
To accompany the Pink Hime items, I wore an Angelic Pretty One-piece dress, pink socks and Jesus Diamante heels. Wearing all the pieces together made me feel like an actual princess that just stepped out from a fairytale, the frills were so plush and soft, while the jewels were sparkling in the light. On the train to Harajuku I was stopped by a few elementary school children who insisted I was a real princess and wanted a photograph!
It was pretty chilly without a coat, but luckily the scarf and colossal amount of frills kept me very toasty inside. I am really excited to wear some of the pieces casually, I am sure that they would look cute even with a very toned down version of this style, or with Liz Lisa style Hime-kaji.
The cuffs were my favorite point, they were obnoxiously huge and frilly, but balanced out the outfit so well. They looked like two very sweet pom poms or cotton candies, and I loved that ultra sugary aesthetic.
Shiena looked seriously adorable all wrapped up in the fuzzy scarf like a bug, snug in a rug.
To finish our shoot, we went and had giant fluffy pancakes with fruits, whipped cream and drizzled with strawberry sauce. On this day even our food had to be cute!
Please check out the online store of pink hime- www.pinktomo.com
Also find her as PinkHime on Facebook <3