Dear Scott, I suggest you to do a little research yourself, before arrogantly giving off your superficial knowledge here.
Firstly, there is no such word as 'lola' in spanish.
Secondly, technically Lolita is not exactly a word in the first place, but a name, like every other and a short form for Dolores, which derives from the word 'dolor' in latin meaning pain/suffering. (So I guess one could say you were marginally right in this point)
While the protagonist of Nabokov's novel is named Lolita indeed, the name of Lolita fashion has a completely different origin.
It might be true that Nabokov has popularized 'Lolita' as a synonym for the sexualisation of a child-woman in the USA, Lolita fashion is neither from the US, nor has it anything to do with pedophilia, thus proving your argument of "Without him, you wouldn't be using it." as completely nonsensical. It is a mere coincidence that they have the same name.
Please stop belittling other people and calling them insane while sprouting so much bull yourself. Thanks.
But it really has nothing to do with the book. You would also know this if you knew anything about the fashion.
Just to clarify, as a Lolita myself, Lolita style is a Japanese street-fashion, which is totally and completely unrelated to cosplay and Nobokov's literature. It is all about modest, acting like a princess, and looking like a doll. It is supposed to be very lady-like an elegant. It is a fashion style, not a costume. It is based off of victorian and french rococo-era garments and dresses for women, and there are different 'styles' of Lolita, such as "Sweet Lolita" which is very cutesy and doll-like, "Gothic Lolita" which is dark colors and gothic themes, and "Classic Lolita" which is very fancy and aristocrat-like (however aristocrat is an entirely different fashion style), most closely based off victorian and french rococo dresses. There is a San Diego Lolita Fashion community that I am apart of. We love to dress up in our nice outfits and go do things like iceskate, go out for tea and biscuits, and have dinner/dessert parties. The fashion is extremely expensive (quality dresses alone, no accessories included (which can also be extremely pricey) are anywhere from $100-1000 dollars) and is meant to be very, very elegant and suave.
I agree with Becca.
Lolita fashion is a Japanese street fashion style. It has no connection to the novel.
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