Monday, 9 February 2015

Chocolate Addiction~ With Your Sweet Memories by Alice and the Pirates

Today I shall be looking at Chocolate Addiction by Alice and the Pirates. This series includes 2 dresses, a skirt, a vest, 2 hair accessories, pants, 2 blouses, a necklace and tights.

This is the JSK. The bodice looks well fitted but the shape is a little odd. I am not overly fond of the neckline shape and dislike the way the straps look paired with the neckline too. The lace along the neckline doesn't do much to help the shape either. The straps themselves look quite thin and a bit flimsy. The straps are also quite plain in design and could do with some thin lace just to give them a bit of added detail. The waist area is topped with lace. The lace is of a good quality, but it looks a bit clunky and the overall silhouette of the dress doesn't flow very well. The bodice features a line of wide rose shaped lace with 2 small ribbon corsets on either side. The rose lace is very pretty and the ribbon corsets are well spaced out. It is all executed very neatly. However, these details end with a ribbon cutting across the bodice. I wonder if the ribbon line will sit awkwardly on some wearers. Hopefully the ribbon is low down enough that it wont cut in to the wearer's chest area. The ribbon line is topped with a ribbon bow. The bow has a very pretty shape to it and sits quite nicely on the dress. The back has a panel of shirring, which has been concealed neatly with a ribbon corset. The stock photos show the skirt has a fair amount of volume but maybe is a bit lacking in shape. The waist line lace really doesn't seem to work teamed with the skirt shape. The skirt design is kept simple, so the print is displayed very well. The bottom hem is then finished off with some very pretty looking lace.

Here we have the OP. The bodice seems fairly well fitted and the bodice shape is quite interesting. The sleeves have a suitable amount of puff to them. They are heavily elasticated so should be quite flexible size-wise. The sleeves are finished off neatly with lace, which adds an extra bit of detail without being too OTT. This OP also features a pair of straps, just like a JSK usually would. I am still a bit undecided about whether I like these additional straps. It is an interesting idea. Perhaps it hasn't been executed in the best possible way here though. The bodice is quite plain and although the neckline is quite decorative, I think it is lacking something. Perhaps a thin ribbon belt would have added just a little bit of extra detail and help pull the design together. The neckline features a wide line of ribbon which is then lined with fairly wide lace on either side. I think it would have looked better if the lace had been narrower. But the lace does have a pretty design to it. To one side there is a ribbon bow brooch topped with an emblem. The bow is well shaped and formed. It sits well on the neckline and the emblem is quite pretty in design. The back is fully shirred, which means the shirring isn't concealed in any way. It doesn't look very appealing but does offer size flexibility. I would definitely be covering the shirring up with a bolero if I owned this dress! The stock photos show the skirt has a very pretty rounded shape. The skirt has plenty of volume and flare for a gothic themed dress. The skirt design is kept simple and the print is displayed beautifully. The bottom hem is then finished off with a line of ribbon and some lovely good quality lace.

And finally, this is the print close up. This series is available in green, red, purple and black. The deep colours are good choices to create a moody gothic appearance. I personally think the details show up the best on the green version. As for the print itself, I am very disappointed. It has the appearance of some dodgy clip-art arrangement that has been thrown together very quickly. I love the idea behind the print with the cakes and dark splatters of chocolate. Overall though, the print is too simple and very basic looking. It lacks any real detail and could have been drawn a lot better. If I didn't know the brand, I would never have guessed this was made by one of the big Japanese brands.

So overall, the dress designs are okay but the print is a huge let down. It has been very poorly done. The dresses are quite simple looking as well. I think the series really lacks that special something that you expect when you are spending out on a well-known brand. I think it is pretty obvious that I will not be buying this series. If I absolutely had to, I would choose the OP in green.

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