Saturday, March 14, 2015

Out To Tea - Cinderella Premiere

Photo from Vogue
The internet has been abuzz with the premiere of Disney's live action version of Cinderella. The photos from Vogue alone had me hooked and I jumped at the chance to organize a meet with a few of my local lolitas to go see the film on opening day.

A few of us opted to go out to eat prior to the show and had a lovely time talking shop from the adventures of the Misako tea party in NYC last year to planning for RuffleCon 2015. Since all of us at dinner were planning on attending Anime Boston this year, hyping up that convention took a good amount of our time as well. Though a bit loud, our table at Cask Republic here in Stamford was quite nice and our server was lovely. She asked about our attire as per usual whenever there is a lolita gathering in town, but was more stoked to see us than anything. The wine was excellent, the dishes were fantastic, and the chocolate espresso crème brûlée to finish was to die for.

The movie itself was a lot of fun to watch - even with the large number of younger children in the theater. At first I was worried it would be quite noisy, but the kids seemed to be just as enchanted as the rest of us - if not more so. The costumes alone were enough to keep the room silent. Everything from the ballgowns to the livery was exquisite and so detailed that you felt as if you could reach out your hand and touch it. Cate Blanchett as the stepmother was phenomenal and so perfect in her role that you loved her as much as you hated her. They added in a number of scenes which humanized her a good deal more than the animated version and her sense of style was impeccable. The fairy godmother scene was fantastic and all of the animals were twice as funny in their human form - especially the coachman Mr. Goose. There were many witty one-liners, and plenty of comedy moments to balance out the heaviness of watching a young girl lose both her parents and descend into servitude to her new "family". The stepsisters were so dim that you almost wanted to give them a hug, and their materialism is sure to strike home with any lolita out there (they asked for lace and parasols as a gift from their new stepfather). Overall I loved the film and would urge anyone who adored the original to give it a shot. Not only will you be entranced by the clothes, but the story is just as heartwarming and romantic as the original.

For this meet I decided to test drive my new OP - Innocent Rosier from Alice and the Pirates in ivory. Needless to say I love this dress. It is so comfortable I could live in it - possibly for as long as Cinderella lived in her plain blue gown. The sleeves are utterly charming and the neckline is so detailed that it creates a really lovely contrast with the simple lines of the rest of the dress. In trying to keep with the Cinderella theme, I added a bit of "soot" to my makeup and kept my accessories minimal with just my Moss Marchen necklace.

Soot and sweat on the brow 

I simply can't wait for another opportunity to wear Innocent Rosier out and about; it's certainly a far cry from what I was normally drawn to, but I'm glad I took a leap of faith and went for a silhouette quite different from my norm. I am already planning on snagging a copy of this movie for myself to watch on a grey day for it is beyond bursting with color. If you have a chance to see it in theaters, I highly suggest it because some details can only really be appreciated on the big screen!

Until next time - much love,

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