While you can mostly find Lolita related panels and content at anime conventions, Rufflecon was a convention solely devoted to alternative fashion.
A group of fans of Japanese fashion and alternative fashion in general took their passion and turned it into a 2 day event in New Haven, Connecticut.
Having stayed at the Omni Parker House in Boston, I was brimming with excitement learning that it would take place at the Omni New Haven in Hartford, Connecticut.
It was a small convention of a few hundred girls and guys but they were avid fans from all over - I had spoken to people from Atlanta, New England area, Los Angeles, even as far as Canada. Rufflecon was not the first of it's kind; it's non-affiliated sister, Frill was a small event that is held in Atlanta. Still it was a first having brought over the faces behind Triple Fortune as their Guests of Honor.
|Guests of Honor: Kaie and Babi of Triple Fortune.|
It's very hard to think what Lolitas want in a convention, but Rufflecon provided it all: a location that provides a great background to a fabulous outfit; a marketplace with various goods; panels that cater to interests beyond a 101 introduction; a fashion show with Japanese and indie designers (a rare occurrence); masquerade like after party; and of course, a grand tea party to end it all.
|I Do Declare|
Ultimately it was like attending a very large meetup lasting several days which what everyone wants:
|a place to meet new people|
|compare fashions and get tips,|
|and most of all have fun.|
Stay tuned for more! For more photos please check out our Facebook page - because this event can only be described in pictures!
*Want to thank my photographer assistant, Nina Lin as well for helping me out capture this wonderful event!