Highlights from the Annual Atlanta Lolita High Tea

Our kawaii focused archivist is eager to let you know, the tea was good…in every sense of the word. Read on and sip slowly.

Highlights from the Annual Atlanta Lolita High Tea
This is one of the long awaited events of our fashion community. Eight years ago, Andrea Nicole Baker began hosting these high fashion, high teas at The Four Seasons and followed them up at locations around town including Cafe Intermezzo and now Roswell River Landing. They are quite the spectacle and draw lots of attention from onlookers as the attendees arrive and frolic in their Tokyo Japanese Street Fashion best.

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The theme this year was modeled after a circus. But there was nothing funny about this fashion. It was a very serious desfile of frocks that rivaled looks of the catwalks and runways in Nippon proper. The High Tea began with a fashion show featuring Haenuli of Korea (a rising star and popular indie designer) plus designs from artist Mossbadger, both of which can be found on StoreEnvy.com. The work was exquisite and featured really gorgeous attire that each model displayed with great care and thought. Please enjoy the montage below.

 

Food, Glorious Foooood!
Following that beautiful fashion show was a three course tea that lasted well into the early part of the evening. At 4pm sharp the tea was served, first course were 2 scones (one savoury and one sweet). With a nod to our pals across the pond, scones are pronounced scohns vs. scoehns. There was also butter, an assortment of tea in packets vs. loose leaf or sachets…and cream. Cream is good. Missing was the clotted cream which is something that usually appears at this event. It was missed but the butter sufficed and we enjoyed the course. Something that we hadn’t seen since the tea that took place in Northeast Atlanta, the year between the last Four Season’s tea and the ones at Cafe Intermezzo, was a return to buffet style for the second course. On the table were chicken salad stuffed miniature-croissants, turkey and cheese rolled puffed pastries, mushroom (and spinach?) stuffed pastries plus the most adorable chicken pot pies with lattice work one has ever seen. There were also fresh blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, grapes and sweet pineapple on the spread. It was delicious and there was plenty more for those who wanted to back for seconds. I know our table did and the second helpings were as good as the first.

Dessert was also amazing! Miniature cakes, tiny eclaires, petite macarons francaises, pearled chocolate malt balls, salted caramel chocolatees, milk chocolates, lollipops, cherry pies and sugar cookies!

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Prizes, Prizes! Step Right Up!
To top it off there was yet another great surprise, door prizes and raffles. As with the year before, there were about 20 prizes to be given away which meant nearly everyone in the room was able to take something nice home. It was almost awkward because there were so many prizes that it was rare if someone didn’t get one and made me think in hindsight I should have shared my win. Andrea, the host, has a book on how to host a tea party and she gave away two signed copies of her work from that series. There were also Hello Kitty themed items and really cool keepsakes. The prizes saved for last included discounts to wig shops attached to large decorated bags filled to the brim with really cool things including Sanrio cutlery, cookies, Pocky, phone cases, kawaii planners, eyelashes, night masks, stickers and even soft clay. It was pretty darn sweet and I was happy to have won the $25 prize pack in blue. Felt really good.

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Unlike, years past we did our group picture early and indoors. The photographer took lots of single shots earlier in the day and then left just before the dessert portion of the event. We didn’t spend all night snuggled together chatting nor did we go outside and do fun shots by the river. This was a pretty straightforward event that stayed on course. We enjoyed it and then headed out to Lips Atlanta to spend time with our family of drag artists which has become tradition for us immediately following the tea.

 

So…What Did I Really Think?
I often do a separate post regarding the pros and cons of the event but I’ll keep it all in place here. I don’t have much more to say other than I had a really great time. Andrea did mention that we will have the tea a little later in the year going forward and she re-introduced the Southern Tea Party Club to which RNG already belongs. It’s certainly something to which to look forward as it’s a great event. We’re appreciative of Andrea’s work, that of her volunteers and how she goes against the odds to do this because no matter what anyone says, the economy is still pretty rough and the states are going through serious changes. It has touched our wallets and our emotions but this Japanese Street Fashion community pushes forward regardless and brings the tea.

Thanks for reading! See you at the tea table!
#HappyRebellion bliss!
-RNG Entourage

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#RNG and #EOB6 – a perfect partnership

This past weekend Rainbows N Gold had a very successful feature in a fashion show at Essence of Bellydance. What’s a brand like ours doing at a bellydance conferences? That’s a no brainer for our hardcore followers who know that we are big on raqs sharqi and cultural dances. In the west, raqs sharqi is often called bellydance. The origins are Middle Eastern and African and refer to many dances done with hips. One big part of raqs culture is couture. On and off stage, dancers like to look their absolute best with unique clothing that brings out their personality and fun. Our Messy Boots shirt, Genderfluid and Tea Party designs were a big hit with all ages.

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In the past week, New York hosted its annual Fashion Week. There, shoppable runways was coined. However, these types of runway shows have been around the Kawaii community for years. At Anime Weekend Atlanta, h.Naoto’s designs were literally bought right off the models. This is very common for us. In some stores, you can by the entire coordinate from JSK and hairbows to bloomers, socks and tights. It’s hard not to when you see everything put together. We’re glad the western fashion industry is seeing the value of making the whole outfit available for those that want it, be it a buyer looking for large orders or those who are eager to take what they can get on site.

We’re thrilled and excited to be welcomed into the Raqs community of Atlanta. Our team looks forward to seeing our friends and their love of art at upcoming events and shows that feature true collaboration of fun and fashion. If you’re wearing your RNG swag in untraditional places (if there is such a thing) let us know. Where do you wear your swag? Tag us in your photos on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. We can’t wait to see you and share!

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#HappyRebellion

-RNG Entourage

 

The Gift of RNG

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Gift giving puts us on Cloud 9! Cloud 99.9 – it’s extreme bliss!

People who know us are aware of our gift giving game, it’s crazy! Well…actually it’s an addiction. We love to give our friends presents. Sometimes it’s a kawaii card, other times it’s a freshly baked cake; whatever it is the goal is to make our friends feel absolutely great! As International Lolita Day approaches it’s a fine excuse to give out items that please…like RNG tees!

Looking for kawaii gifts for the JFashionistas in your life? Try a road trip to Shop Kawaii in Pittsburgh: Here’s a great review from a fan:

In the coming months we’ll be delivering #RNGstyle swag to many of our favourite people on the planet. We’re really happy that dear Dymond, the #VegasBarbie adorned hers of recent. We’re still on Cloud99.9 that #BobTheDragQueen wore his on the plane ride home! Hello! And the RNG reign isn’t over as we start up parties that lead into ILD.

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Dymond Onasis  Vegas Barbie – award winning entertainer in Las Vegas

Giving is a big part of Kawaii culture. We noticed that of recent many great artists give a lot of themselves as well. The late musician Prince (still hurts to say late – Universe why so soon?) was a big philanthropist. The number of charities he reportedly gave to as well as random acts of kindness unbeknown to the recipients is said to be in the thousands. And if you look closely, you’d think Prince was an EGL Kawaii-ite too. Did ya see his outfits? His were the most elegant and intricate purple and pink coordinates for days! That’s one of the cool things about pop culture at its height. It’s really bold and incredibly bright with loud eye-catching colours every season. In some ways Kawaii culture lives on for ages, it evolves into new shapes and new sounds but the bold, bright and in some cases dark but captivating colour schemes keep a generation of the happily rebellious alive.

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RNG entourage member, AA, PROUDLY sports a gift from the legendary icon Monica Van Pelt and beloved members at Lips Atlanta. Rhinestone ring custom made by Elea Atlanta

As we jump into summer next month, think about how you want to look and feel. We’ll walk with you in the world of kawaii-elegance, JFashion fun and more using #RNGStyle. Our summer top 10 will be influenced by you, the fans. Send us photos of your favourite coordinates. Tag us, tweet us and show us how your summer fashion combines your love for Japanese street fashion with your own unique style. In the meantime, we’ll be wrapping presents. Shoutout to LovelyLor on her gifts to fans in the form of amazing videos like ILD 2015. Let’s make ILD 2016 just as nice, feel inspired!

#HappyRebellion is in session
-RNG Entourage

Kawaii Queens are a Dream: #RnG on Location

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Bob was sweet enough to give Josh a kiss on the forehead! #FansLoveBob

Let it be known…#RnG gets around! We’re not ones to sit down and wait for things to happen. We create the party and provide the swag for a true entourage experience. In the middle of our galavants, behold the numerous kawaii queens we’ve encountered. That’s right, kawaii drag queens…always “royals” to us. When we think of Kawaii drag, names like Evah Destruction and Kim Chi come to mind. These are entertainers who really know how to put the cute in cool. Not only are their performances professional and polished, they are also the epitome of the Japanese Street Fashion inspired lifestyle with their amazing coordinates, accessories and of course…bows 🙂

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Evah performing at Burkhart’s in Atlanta, Georgia – photo courtesy ‘Andye Superfan’

Of late, many royals have been off to DragCon, participating in pageants and living the life of a performer. It was awesome to watch it all unfold not only online but LIVE and in person. We attended the Miss Gay USofA pageant, Rosebud with Bob the Drag Queen both presented by Legendary Children and have already got our VIP spots for Kim Chi’s arrival next month at The Heretic. Being a part of this nonstop action is what partying with #RnG is all about. We were there to share the love and to cheer on the stars. Dressed in our Kawaii best, we hugged up alongside these great entertainers for a night of laughs and photos for days. Wearing the clothes is one thing but taking it to the next level of love with the entertainers is the essence of our being, our true heart and soul. They make us infinitely happy.

 

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Hanging out with Bob the Drag Queen

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Aria, queen of voices crowned at Miss Gay UsOfA! #LoveHer!

The parties are never limited to Atlanta. Our entourage is expanding and in Florida a dear friend of ours went to the Marco Marco fashion show. Here’s the video.

Another friend of ours spent time with some of the cool Prince fans to relish in the days of his good concerts, bookmarking memories of hanging out at his after party and of course taking a moment to meetup with fellow fans. Even the venue was supportive of this great musician. Their menu spoke volumes with his symbol front and center.

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Prince tributes on the menu – now that’s class! Location: Drink KVegas

We had a busy month loving and supporting stars and partying hard decked out in our #RnG swag and kawaii coordinates. We’re already hyper and happy about the upcoming kawaii adventures with the cutest queens. We’re meeting with make-up artists, stylists and other inspirational icons in the entertainment industry to hear their views, peek at their event calendars and continue this party train with kawaii themes in tow. Join us! Happy Rebellion is in session!

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Josh C of #RnG and friends with Bob the DragQueen

 

#KawaiiRebelsRock
-#RnG Entourage

Jasmine Masters All For Youth Tour

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From Jasmine Masters FB

One of our RNG members is excited about the upcoming Youth Tour. “Where was this when I was growing up?” My face was plastered to the window of my parents’ car as we drove past one of the famous night clubs in town. This particular club was around the corner from our apartment and was said to be one of the most infamous on the east coast where shows left fans breathless. Far too young to do more than watch Boy George and the Culture Club on television in their gorgeous clothes and energising lyrics. So, I got really sad as this colourful club became a distant vision in the rear window week after week. I’d go home and just imagine what it was like on the inside.

I always knew from a young age that I liked Drag Art. There were several young men who dressed up at night and walked around our little stretch of the downtown neighbourhood. We were an immigrant family and everyone knew each other where each lived. The trans community was alive and well on the next block as were those who performed in drag nights. It was very “usual” to see them dressed up as early 5 o’clock in the afternoon headed over to the hangout for a drink. Fortunate to grow up in several medium sized cities that were considered large to some, we got a great deal of artists and big names that were always in town. But I was never able to get inside the venue to see them perform. Musicians, comedians, singers, dancers, you name it…they came through literally and figuratively. But being under 18…and I’m talking six, seven years of age…if my parents weren’t going then neither was I. My parents loved to look at the club life from a distance. They rarely stepped into it unless someone big was in town. Needless to say, now that I am well over 21 I’m making up for lost time. I’m always there and was happy to have met Jasmine Masters at one of  my favourite places on the planet, Lips Atlanta.

Kids like me who want to be with their favourite drag artists and just can’t do it due to being underage are in abundance. I’ll never forget begging to be dropped off at the drag bar at age sixteen so I could hang around outside or at the cafe next door with the other underage kids, all of us eager for one of entertainers to come in and get some soda or sugar sweets. Hang around their haunts was all a kid could do unless you had a fake ID. I remember going home with lipstick smeared on my face from hugging and kissing icons who were around. I loved these stars and entertainers. If only there had been the Youth Tour back then I’d have probably gone to every show.

Jasmine Masters is saving the day with “All for Youth” tour. This will take place in multiple cities featuring top names from around the country (many and most being RuPaul Drag Race stars). She talks more about it here:

The way it works is there will be two shows. There’s a morning show and a nightclub show. It seems that the kids will get to attend the morning show which is all ages. Much like we did back in the day, kids will line up on the weekends just waiting to see these stars only this time they’ll get to get in! Kids are begging their parents to pleeeeeassse take them to the night clubs to see the entertainers. Thankfully there are many parents who are open to this idea and are inclusive. They support their child’s love for the art.

If you want to host or share community centers information with the stars you can do that by contacting Jasmine Masters, the main producer of the event: jasminemasterstour@gmail.com or @JasMasters76

Enjoy the tour! Follow Jasmine and #DragItOut!

-Team RNG

Sashay Your Way into 2016

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The Fun part of the Future is Now!

Can’t stop thinking about Fashion? Neither can we. Let’s sashay into 2016 in a big bold and beautiful way. The saying, “Image is everything” has its place in the world and should be used in a diverse and inclusive way. There is no one route to do things and RNG is all about uplifting and chandeliering those by whom we are influenced.

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The unique and beautifully intricate faces of the world’s top drag artists and royals are definitely a part of our aesthetic. Bright, bold and beautiful, these darlings dare to break stereotype these days. The bar on the state of their art has been raised and we’ve learned so much on how to elevate the soul through their fashion and physical design. You can change yourself to be what you want to see. This is key…be what you want to see. Let James Hicks lead the way.

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Drag Dolls, Dames and Divas – Buy your copy here!

The Land of the Lolita and Uplifting Tokyo
Having nothing to do with Nabokov’s book, Lolita life embraces the opportunity to create a physical piece of perfection through the matching of clothing in a strategic way. Sure, the brands have it, they keep pace. But this kawaii world allows you to really go deep and find what suits you. Try the many different styles including shironuri, gyaru, sweet, classic and kawaii mixes that rely on accessories and a good attitude.

Jump into Genderless
For those of us who do not identify with the genders presented to us at birth, the world is changing and embracing you. Androgenous, unisex and genderneutral fashion is part of the mainstream. While we still have to search for it carefully the shoppes are there waiting with open arms on the world wide web. Though this is not an underground movement, most that value fashion for those who refuse to be boxed, contorted and fixed into one of two sexes can find their fashion haven in numerous online stores. Don’t feel obliged to pick just unisex clothing, if you feel led to lean masculine despite your female stamp at birth, explore that with men’s shoppes. Statutes in your life hindering you from doing this? Re-examine it. It’s time to honour how you feel and listen to yourself and your Higher Power where (and if) it applies.

Check out these great looks in paisley black and white featuring H&M clothing uploaded by Zeus Pro.

Long formed standards that have pushed us into accepting limited ways of living are losing their strength. Ride the wave into a new thought process that is inclusive…be it loving your favourite luxurious Lolita fashion, doting on the drag dolls or stroling through life without male and female labels. It’s your turn to live without limitations.

#StayLifted!
-TeamRNG

Diverse Aesthetics: Beautiful Boys

Beauty can be excruciatingly gorgeous. So much so that it’s hard to talk about it. That sentiment sent us spiraling into the world of men in art, especially the art of drag.

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Comic relief in a pretty package Bob the Drag Queen of NY. Check out this Royal’s  documentary!

In the west, we are subjected to limited standards for what is considered pretty. Though our world is vast and there are numerous (almost limitless) ideas and standards for attractiveness depending on where one is on the planet, we still find in societies influenced by western art and media, standards that have very little to do with the majority of global citizens. Of late, the idea of holding on to just those few ideas has thankfully been deemed ridiculous and is being fought by a revolution of diversity.

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This is a perfect example of what we’re talking about here… This is Bianca del Rio out of persona. She’s already a doll but even out of “character” is a beauty to behold… *Follow @TheBiancaDelRio on Instagram for over a years worth of truly beautiful pictures and fan conversations filled with support and love.

One dynamic in this global change is the idea of gender fluidity and allowing oneself to “just be” vs. “to classify” or be labelled. The Art of Drag has always been an outstanding example of declassification on many levels. Moving from one gender to another as an art form is beautiful. We found the following drag queens (or Royals as we like to refer to them) absolutely stunning in and out of drag. According to several fans in the RNG entourage, Bianca Del Rio is the epitome of a ravishing royal. Lady Del Rio was more than just a winner on RPDR. She was EVERYTHING…but boy did we fall for her hard when she gave fans a glimpse of her personal life through Instagram and other publications. If you haven’t seen the bombardment of the “beautiful beau” Roy Haylock -her other persona or other self- then you haven’t lived. This is beauty, this is gorgeous… that face, those eyes…the sentiment and simple moment of a snapshot sans makeup, just Mr. Haylock in all his handsome glory is as exhilarating as Bianca Del Rio’s “show.” We don’t know what we love more. Sensual and sensational only partially sums up the photos. Go ahead, log on and look behind the scenes of Lady Bianca Del Rio. We are so digging it…

Smooch your screen…we totally understand. Look how ABSOLUTELY STUNNING THIS BEAUTIFUL HUMAN IS…LOOK AT HIM!

IT’S OVERWHELMING!

*Photos from @TheBiancaDelRio on Instagram –

Bianca please don’t get upset…we couldn’t help ourselves.  You are too beautiful for words…

Other beautiful men who can slide in and out of a female form flawlessly are Bob the Drag Queen, Nicole Paige Brooks, Katy Cakes, PhiPhi O’Hara…the list goes on. These young men are not only gorgeous women but absolutely beautiful sans performance. RNG is all about uplifting and drawing attention to this very thing…they are a major part of the diverse aesthetic.

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Beauty is thankfully no longer limited to one sex. Men are allowed to lie still and be admired in their many forms. The male body has become art and something to be appreciated in every respectable aspect. There is no taboo in the idea of a man being beautiful. He is no longer tied to “handsome.” Many men today are (and are allowed to be) so much more than that. It’s overwhelming at times, just like gazing upon the royals in their quote “natural state.” Again, it’s just absolutely overwhelming…a true era of euphoria for fans indeed. We certainly find ourselves in a swoonfest over these fantastic artists. Whether they drag it out or just lay there like Bianca in her bare and beautiful form. To soak up the sunlight in their face is a pure cloud nine experience. We know many feel the same way.

#HesBeautiful
-RNG Entourage