Designer Erica Antoine makes her debut to the fashion stage at next month’s Horror Ball with a collection that’s inspired by the Victorian aesthetic and Lolita styles. We asked the cosplayer and former Miss Vamp Hawaii contestant to give us the inside scoop on her style, influences and creative process.
This is the first in a three-part series featuring all three of the fashion designers who will be showcasing their styles at the Horror Ball. Stay tuned next week for Part 2!
HAWAII HORROR BALL
Friday, August 15 at 9 p.m.
NextDoor, 43 N. Hotel St.
$20 presale, $25 at the door, 18+
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NH: What styles are you bringing to the first annual Horror Ball?
Erica: My brand name is “Darkly Darling,” and that’s my world view for my styles: Things with a gothic edge that are also innocent, like a character from a fairy tale.
As for physical styles, you’ll see a lot of full dresses and headwear inspired by Victorian fashions. You’ll also see some mens’ wear like vests and trousers. I wanted it all to be a little over the top for the show, but also something wearable you could take off the runway and wear to an event or out to tea with your friends.
NH: Who/what are some of your main influences and inspirations?
Some designers that inspire me are h.Naoto, Alice Auaa and Vivienne Westwood. They are all on a spectrum of high-fashion meets strangeness, with curious quirks in all of their designs.
Otherwise, I am inspired by Lolita fashion and Visual Kei. Those are kind of the “Darling” and “Dark” of my designs, respectively. They’re fashions that can be highly customized by the wearer, and I want for people who wear my clothes to take them and tell their own story with them.
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