Monday, 2 December 2013

Teatre de L'errur Lost Paradise by Alice and the Pirates

Today I am looking at Teatre de L'errur by Alice and the Pirates. This series includes 3 dresses, a skirt, 3 hair accessories, a rose clip, a bag, a ring and tights.

This is the OP. There isn't really much of a bodice on this dress and I can't help but wonder how that very high waistline is going to sit on a big chested wearer. It seems a bit of an awkward place for the skirt to start and I think the bodice could have done with being a bit longer. However, I do like the bodice details, such as the pleats and the lace overlay. It looks very pretty and has been done neatly. The lace looks lovely too, and of a good quality. I am not a fan of this sort of collar, but it doesn't look too stiff and stuffy looking compared to some I have seen. The material used for the collar looks soft and like it wont be that itchy. I am still don't like it though. The front has some pearl buttons running down it. The buttons look elegant, but I think they have been placed too close together. They could have gotten away with using fewer buttons. The bow on the 'waistline' is made of ribbon which has a bit of shine to it, but I don't think it looks too bad. The shape is pretty and matches the dress well and it sits nicely on the dress too. The sizing is good too.

I like that the long sleeves have a generous amount of 'puff' to them. However, I am not a fan of the cuffs. I'm not sure if it is the length or how narrow they are, but something about the shape doesn't appeal to me, personally. The ribbon is quite shiny and looks a bit cheap. The lace is lovely though.

The back has no shirring and is quite plain, but is kept neat. As for the skirt part, it looks pretty sack-like to me. It doesn't have a great deal of shape to it. I think the bodice needs to be just a little bit longer, so the skirt starts a little lower down. It doesn't look like this dress will hold a lot of petticoat, but with this style of dress you probably wouldn't want much anyway. The skirt is kept simple and the print is displayed beautifully. The bottom hem is then finished off with some lace. I don't think the lace used looks too bad but I don't think it was the best choice.

This is JSK I. The bodice looks well fitted and the shape is interesting. The straps are a decent width and look very sturdy. I maybe would have preferred the straps to be a tiny little bit thinner. The inside of the straps are lined with lace, which looks pretty and sits well. The waist area has this wide lace, which sits well on top of the skirt and is very soft looking.

The bodice is quite interesting. I can't decide if I like the draped design or not. On the one hand, it is a very interesting concept and a bit different to the norm. On the other hand, it reminds me of curtains and is a bit bulky looking. I'm not sure I would have included the criss-crossed ribbon, even if it does fill in the empty gap, because it looks a bit basic in comparison to the other details. I would have left it plain. The neckline is topped with a ribbon bow. The ribbon is a bit shiny, but the shape is interesting and it sits well on the dress.

The back has a panel of shirring, which is neatly concealed by a ribbon corset. The stock photos show the skirt has the potential to flare out quite well and will hold a lot of petticoat. It has a lovely, rounded shape to it. The skirt is kept clutter free and the print is displayed very well. The bottom hem is then finished off with some good quality lace.

This is JSK II. The bodice looks fairly well fitted. The bodice shape is a bit simple but looks lovely. The straps are fairly thin, but the width suits the style of the dress. The outer edge of the straps is lined with pretty lace, which makes them a bit less plain. The waist bow is made up of 2 layers of different ribbon, with the top layer being see-through with stripy details. The ribbon used is pretty, with only a slight bit of shine to them. The bow shape is lovely and it doesn't look too big. I'm not sure I would have bothered with the other bow that appears halfway down the bodice though. The dress would have worked just fine without it, or perhaps a small ribbon bow could have been placed on the neckline instead. The bodice has one of those 'raised panel' sections, which I am always a little unsure about because they seem to sit oddly on some wearers. The raised panel and neckline is lined with pretty lace, which matches up with the strap lace. The panel is then topped with pearl chains with a little charm in the centre. The chains are draped beautifully and spaced out well. The charm is pretty too. The back has a panel of shirring, which is concealed neatly with a ribbon corset. The stock photos show that the skirt has a decent amount of flare to it. The skirt has a lovely, rounded bell shape to it. The rounded shape looks a bit extreme in the photo I picked, but it looks better in some of the other stock photos. The front of the skirt opens up, to reveal a bustle. The bustle layers are soft and floaty. They are layered nicely and add a bit of depth without being too bulky looking. The materials used are wonderful. Despite the front bustle, you can still see the print reasonably well. The bottom hem is then finished off with pretty lace.

Here we have part of the print close-up. This print is available in ivory, sax blue, lavender and black. At first, I really hated the idea of teaming the colours of the print with sax blue and lavender. However, over time and after seeing pictures of the actual dresses, I have grown to like them. But my favourite by far, is definitely the ivory version. As for the print itself, I find it all a bit confusing, but maybe that is because I don't know the story behind the print and it would make more sense if I did. Why are there random boxes placed on tree trunks? I do like the tree part of the print, especially how there are snakes hidden away, slithering around the tree trunks. I just find the placement of the boxed pictures to be a bit strange. The drawings inside the boxes are beautiful and are rich with detail. It is all drawn so beautifully. But to be honest, I think I would have been happier with a simple print with the trees in it. As I mentioned, I don't know the story behind the print, and for somebody like me the print as a whole is a strange concept. 

One of the hair accessories is this beautiful veil. It is so soft and delicate looking. I do wish veils would become a bigger thing in lolita. The veil maybe looks a bit too plain on its own, but I like the site's suggestion of teaming it with the rose clip also from this series. Although I am sure some of you out there can come up with some fantastic hair accessory ideas to go with this veil!

Overall, this is a series I am unsure on. I reckon it will have some die-hard fans but to me it is a bit unusual. Would I buy this series? Probably not. If I had to pick I would go for JSK II in ivory. The lace veil is absolutely gorgeous though. This series is definitely a bit different but it is a bit too much for me.


  1. The print is called 'Theatre of Error-Lost Paradise'. The scenes in the boxes (which are meant to be theatre stages) are scenes from the Garden of Eden, I think. That's why there's trees and snakes as well.

    1. Okay, that makes a lot more sense now. Thank you :)


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