When I heard that there was going to be a "sequel" to Vampire Requiem I got very excited. Vampire Requiem is one of those dream prints for me. It really reminds me of Tuxedo Mask from Sailor Moon. Baby did such a good job with it and I expected the same for Vampire Forest. When I saw the print, dress, and Jsk's I made a sad face. As a whole the collection is not my favorite at all. The print on it's own has great images and when they are put together I like them but the color choices might be a bit off.
These top three fabric swatches make me sad. These look as if Baby stuck a bunch of stickers on black, red, or periwinkle fabric. The pictures are too separate from the background. They did get it right with their dark navy color.
Since the whole fabric has a blue color of some sort, it fits. This is just my opinion. Do you love the red and not the navy? I am sure there are people who do. On to the actual pieces. I will start at my least favorite and work up to the best. First, 1 of the 2 JSK's.
When I saw this the first thing that came to mind is "This is what a 1st year fashion design student designs and learns to make." This is so basic and so unexciting it makes me sad. The black lace embellishment on the bust is a good start but not nearly enough by itself. This JSK just needs more. Now for the skirt.
Again, it just needs more. This fabric print and color just looks like $1/yard fabric you get at the JoAnns Fabric. This design is pretty bland and done. On to the dress.
This dress is not all bad for me. I really like the detail on the front skirt panel. The lace on the bodice that circles the waist then runs up the front is lovely. The two bows and cap sleeves are really cute. The only problem I have with this dress is the fabric print and the strangeness of the black front panel. Other than the front there is no other black fabric to be seen. I just wish that the black fabric went all the way up the front. The head bow is pretty cute. Even with this print and color I really like it.
The bow is so flowy and the black center rose is great. The delicate lace sewn to the hem finishes the bow and makes it very feminine and delicate looking. Even thought I like this I would never spend 30 something dollars on it. It would have to be a lot more magical for me to actively seek it out. Now, for the best piece in my opinion, the 2nd JSK.
Please don't misunderstand me when I say this is my favorite piece in the Vampire Forest collection. I like this but I do not love it at all. The bodice is nice, the bottom ruffle is cute as all heck, and the simple and flat straps will fit nicely under a blouses collar. I do not like the skirt portion, it looks awkward to me. There is something about the panels that just don't sit right with me. I also am not a fan of the fine lace detail running down the princess seams of the skirt. I would have loved to have seen a black chiffon peplum that opened i the front.
I am so sorry that this has been a bit of a negative post. I normally love Baby and AaTP. This particular collection just fell flat for me. How do you feel about it? Do you love every piece or do you feel as I do?