Convention Round Up: Tekko 2020 Virtual J-Fashion Track!

Convention Round Up: Tekko 2020 Virtual J-Fashion Track! - Lolita Collective

Tekko Virtual Fashion Track 2020 Recap

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Past Involvement

Tekko is one of our favorite shows! We've been involved for a number of years with the amazing Tekko Japanese Fashion track. It's been a joy to participate, but obviously given the situation this year was cancelled! Lolita Collective wasn't going to be attending as a booth to give ourselves some time to rethink our setup (little did we know we'd have ... tons... of time).  For the Tekko 2020 fashion track, we were going to be working with the amazing Violet Fane! We hope she will still be on board for next year. 

For this Virtual Fashion Track, we didn't actively participate. It was so much fun to cheer on our friends! 

Virtual Fashion Track Background

Over the weekend of April 3-4, 2020, a fashion show and panels streamed via a twitch stream. Thanks to Puvithel who was kind enough to work to put together this fashion content including a new concept- a Virtual Fashion Show! Many of our friends participated in their first time ever streaming content. There even was a Virtual Fashion Market to simulate the full attending a convention experience. 

Many of the streaming panels were done on the spot! The presenters have experience showing their skills in front of audiences at Anime Conventions but haven't all had the chance to film them before. It certainly was a time to learn a new format, streaming! 

As more links become available of the original content's video, we will add them to this post. 

The whole track had the following schedule:

Friday, April 3, 2020

  • 4:45 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Day 1 of The Virtual Fashion Track Begins!
    Hosts used this time to talk about the format of the track as well as what they had planned

  • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Make-Up and Q&A with Toshi the Dollfile
    A glimpse into the secret life of Toshi! Watch Toshi do her makeup with tips on product, brushes, color placement and other makeup secrets~
    Toshi the Dollfille does amazing makeup tutorials via her twitch stream. She live streamed her make-up and answered audience questions! We love her instagram - her photos are so ethereal. 

  • 6:15 PM - 7:15 PM
  • Menhera Fashion - Coping Through Art
    Hosted by Puvithel, Menhera is casual, cute, and a self-expression of our struggles, sickness, and symptoms. Come learn more about menhera fashion and the menhera community at this panel.
    Photo by Aries Photography Nola
    Puvithel by Aries Photography Nola

  • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Aesthetic Bondage: How to Self Tie for Alternative Fashion
    Hosted by A Gato Designs
    Love Fashion Harnesses but don't want to have a pile of pleather? Learn how to achieve the the same looks using just a piece of rope!
    In this hands on workshop you will learn fun and fashionable shibari that can be tied solo for your J-fashion or gothic inspired coordinates. We will also be talking about other alternative fashion harnesses and different resources for continued study. If you'd like to tie-along with the panel, we recommend bringing 2+ lengths of rope that are 30 ft each and 6mm in diameter or larger
    Aesthetic Bondage Panel

Saturday, April 4, 2020

  • 10:45 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Day 2 of The Virtual Fashion Track Begins!
    Hosts discuss what will come with today's programming.

  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Lolita 101: The Hime, the Gothic, and the Guro hosted by Pittsburgh Lolita's own Kat Stewart
    What is Lolita? Is it a fashion, a lifestyle, or a pastry? Is there anyone near me who can get me into Lolita? What substyles are there? Answers to all these questions and more in this panel on Lolita fashion and all its quirks and frills.

  • 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
  • Plus Size Lolita Fashion 101 with Denise Boerre
    Lolita fashion, while beautiful, is not always the easiest to wear or attain, especially when it comes to being a person outside of the average size range. Learn from a long term (+10 years) enthusiast on tips and tricks in building coordinates, and options to feel comfortable and beautiful in this intricate fashion!

  • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Behind the Scenes and Q&A with Kuroshiro Kawaii
    Come walk through the in's and outs of running a J-fashion shop with Kuroshiro Kawaii, you will get a sneak peek behind the curtain~ At the end you can join the owners for a Q&A. This is where you can ask any questions about the store itself, plans, or things pertaining to the business. They posted another stream talking about JFashion on their twitch!
  • 2:45 PM - 3:10 PM
  • Fashion Self-Portraits for Beginners hosted by Evette's Niche
    You have some fire looks but your selfie in the mirror just doesn't do them justice? Learn how to make effective and beautiful shots for a range of price points! We will also dive a little bit into the basic mechanics of photography.

  • 3:15 PM - 3:45 PM
  • How Do I make That? Q&A
    Do you now know how to make the thing? Want someone's advice on how to make the thing who has made lots of other things? We'll come and give some Q's! I'll try to give you some A's! This panel can be seen on Evette's Niche stream here.

  • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Laundering your "Wears" 101with Ichigo Gami of Strawberry Paper Doll
    A panel on how to launder and care for specialty and hard to care for garments. We'll discuss different situations and applications for everything from stains to general care of garments from j fashion to steampunk

  • 5:15 PM - 6:15 PM
  • Five Fashionable Ways to Tie a Kimono Obi
    Halley of the Black Ribbon shows off how to Tie a Kimono Obi!
    Want to get more into kimono fashion, but are afraid of how hard it is to tie your own obi? Well fear no more. We're going to teach you 5 simple quick and a e s t h e t i c ways to tie a hanhaba obi!

  • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Virtual Community Fashion Walk and Designer Fashion Show
    A showcase of designs from the following designers:
    Evil Live
    Le Petit Miaou Lolita Designs
    A. Gato Designs
    Baroque-lolita fashion brand
    And a special Haenuli x Puvithel collab! 
    Hope that this got filmed!

As the videos become available, we will post them! This really was a fun filled weekend full of awesome content!

Virtual Market

Part of the weekend included a Facebook group "Virtual Market" where designers posted links where their collections could be purchased!

Baroque was taking reservations for the Strawberry Field with Cat Print in collaboration with Sakizo.

Belladonna showcased their handmade dresses and jewelry

The Black RIbbon reminded everyone about her restock!


Dollfile has a number of pins for sale on her instagram! She also has a shop on Big Cartel!


Lulu VanHoagland posted her shop, Indifferent Socks!  

Puvithel posted her menhera garments. Photo by Aries Photography Nola

Surreal Makeup posted their lovely swatches!

A Gato Designs reminded everyone her collection would be available for purchase on her website

Beastly Bootique posted their handcast resin horns and other items!

Alienphant posted their amazing creations for sale!

Le Petit Miaou  posted her cute Lolita fashion dresses! 

At the same time, the Daughters of Darkness were hosting a virtual weekend as well! They also had a bunch of fun content as well as a virtual market. It's a great way to support independent makers.