They look fabulously dreeeeamy. Seriously. :D The Belle skirt looks a million times cooler than I thought it would, and I KNEW it would look super rad, so there you go. The fabric is AWESOME. I get what you're saying now about the gold. Spectacular!
If the loops look a little puffy to you I don't see it. I think once it's all put together it's going to knock everyone's socks off.