R.R. Memorandum Blog

Cupcake Kamisama Guest Post! Oldschool lolita as a reflection of classical Japanese aesthetics and values

Posted by Katherine Rose on

The cherry blossom season has once again come and gone in Japan, the earliest since the 800s in fact. For centuries sakura has been the symbol of transience, a reminder of the impermanence of the material world, something to be admired precisely because it will soon pass. From as early as the Heian period (794-1185 AD), through the growing influence of Buddhism, Japan has been finding beauty in what the West would deem melancholy, irregular or even downright opposite of what we’d define as beauty. After all, while Japanese poets have been sighing over that which is imperfect and impermanent, giving birth to the complexities of wabi-sabi and mono no aware respectively, European aesthetic was built on classical principles of symmetry and perfection, best seen on Ancient Greek and Roman statues.

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Why we blog here at R.R.Memorandum

Posted by Lucy May on

From the beginning of R.R.Memorandum, it was always important to Kath to have a blog as part of the brand: especially as a way to connect our brand message to the hearts and minds of our customers and those who enjoy oldschool lolita fashion as much as we do.

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Reclaiming Opulence: Taking a frilly stand against intersectional discrimination!

Posted by Lucy May on

Opulence. A word which the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines as pertaining to terms such as ‘affluence’ and ‘abundance’. When we think of Elegant Gothic and Lolita, and other kawaii fashions, opulent is definitely a word which we would associate with such a style. Opulent presences are going to turn heads and start conversations. As such, it is part of the DNA of lolita fashion and kawaii fashion in general to be revolutionary. And that revolution is all about reclamation of opulence in the counteraction of oppression.

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Wit (and Eyeliner) Sharp Enough to Cut Glass: An Interview with Kei LaVonne

Posted by Katherine Rose on

The aura of sophistication and class I have and always will associate with Kei LaVonne is unparalleled. Stylistically, she emulates everything that this fashion means to be in terms of opulence and rebelliousness. She means business. And that business is the dazzlingly dark glassware jewellery pieces that she makes under the guise of her brand, Néant Glass. Kei works tirelessly to bring the gorgeous glass coffin jewellery pieces we all know and love to life! Despite a time difference of five hours, I was able to grab some of Kei’s precious time ahead of today’s R.R.Memorandum X Néant Glass exclusive product release to chat. I started by asking her how it felt to be the boss lady of such an up-and-coming lolita accessories brand.

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What’s In A Name?: Media for reclaiming the term ‘lolita’ for the EGL movement and resisting stigma – EGL media review, part II

Posted by Katherine Rose on

We have all been through it. That moment during a meetup when a stranger in mainstream clothing approaches the group, a look of bemused astonishment on their face. They ask us about what we are all wearing, why we are wearing it…and what it is called? The first two questions are more easily answered than the last, for the final one is loaded. We always feel the need to explain that ‘lolita’, the fashion, has no relation to Lolita, the book. Be immediately on the defensive. Or try to skirt about it for fear of judgement.

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