>Do you like Angelic Pretty? Why or why not?
I've always been very fond of AP. I'm an old-lita, I got into the fashion in '00, and even though I've never worn sweet I've always felt AP and Baby were kind of the 'face' of lolita fashion. They've always been the most bold, the most subversive, etc.
>What are your AP dream dresses?
I've never really had an AP dream dress since I don't wear sweet. But if I had to pick some favorites....
Prints: Fruits Parlor, Milky Planet, Fantastic Carnival, Dollhouse
Less printy: Shadow Dream Carnival, Cake Applique, Candy Pop, Fleur Hamming, Retro Dot
>Do you like the direction the brand is going in?
I have mixed feelings. It's unfortunate that their quality seems to be going downhill, and that many people don't like their new cuts.
However, I think that this is all in response to the rise of indie and taobao brands. I think AP is trying to compete with that market so they're taking inspiration from their designs (which use a lot more sheer fabrics, high-wasted cuts, and huge prints than traditional lolita). They also see that buyers don't seem to care about quality since they're buying these other brands, so AP is sacrificing their quality for larger and more releases.
Also, I have to wonder about the "unflattering cuts" thing. Not to be all "back in my day" about it, but I remember when AP hiked their skirt lengths way up and then when they were releasing lots of salopettes. They got the same sort of complaints from western lolitas about how "unflattering" their new stuff was.