I think the height of my lolita fashion period was around 2004; practically ancient history where lolita is concerned. I’ve got a huge soft spot for the retro-influenced designs that were starting to appear around this period – poodles, apples and cherries being common themes for vintage style prints (especially by Metamorphose) – so of course I was delighted with this series by Angelic Pretty that features cutlery, biscuits and even a few boiled eggs! I love a food print that looks enough to eat. The French Cafe series has ruffled a few lolita frills though, as the bold colours and retro print are a marked departure from Angelic Pretty’s famous sweet lolita style (pastel colours, child-like prints & the cutest imagery possible) that have won the brand a huge following in years since Asuka & Maki made their lolita vision real. Of course, I’m a huge fan of this new print – I don’t think Angelic Pretty can or would realistically abandon their archetypal over-the-top sweet style, but I’m glad to see them branching out again slightly. After all, variety is the spice of life!
Read on for a breakfast breakdown!
Welcome to Angelic Pretty’s French Cafe!
One-piece dress options – normally I’d go for black like a shot, but in this case I’m digging the blue and red versions the most!
Love the full coordinate shot! I heartily approve of the cutlery lace details!
And ah, ribbon cross-straps on the neck… I have fond-ish memories of sewing those on to most of my t-shirts. I used to do a lot of lolita-inspired craft in my youth, wonderful if slightly wonky results.
I just adore all the polka dots! Socks with teacups too – count me in! I have an Emily Temple Cute dress that’s covered in teacups and teapots; it’s a must for any tea-holic like me.
A slight shame that the wide white border wasn’t used for the skirt, as that’s one of my favourite things about the print! Nonetheless, this is a stand-out release for me!