posts pictures of vibrantly colored Kimonos that show how the Kimono is used in day-to-day fashion. From the about page, "Kimono can be immediate and accessible. Let’s check it out." Modern designs
, bold colors
, and striking combinations
. Fun to browse even if you have no plans of owning a kimono in the near future. Via maybe Wednesday, maybe not
Kaseyama Co. makes clothes for Japanese construction workers, who are called "tobi." Here is what they look like.
A recent trend in the ultra-fashion-conscious world of Tokyo teen girls: B-Style
, or "black lifestyle", that is, emulating the black women in rap videos. In the video you will see Japanese girls with weaves and incredibly dark tans to mimic black skin. Rebellious rejection of convention
, or weird sideways racism (one girl says: "when we do it it looks vulgar, but not on the black women")?
Daily snapshots of people on the street in Japan.
I think it's Harajuku, but I don't speak or read Japanese. Those pictured as slightly less staid than those on The Sartorialist
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How to iron a shirt.
Everything is cooler in Japan. [more inside]
Dee Dee bellbottom jeans.
According to a friend who lived in Tokyo recently, Dee Dee is rumored to be one of the hottest independent brands this winter, among the ultra-hip Shibuya youth. Dee Dee's shop is just a few blocks from the notorious Shibuya 109
building, the homebase of all kogals
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After I posted this
article, many people asked me who listens to that berserk music. Well, it's most popular with Japanese girls lumped under the general term "gyaru". It is not really a fashion movement per se, as it has fractured into scores of rapidly-evolving subgroups--usually hostile to each other, even though many appear the same to the uninitiated. In fact, the book Japanese Schoolgirl Inferno
, published in 2007, is already said to be out of date. This
website is a bit more current.
What do "gyaru" look like? There are now quite a few slideshows of gyaru on the streets of Tokyo on YouTube. Examples: here, here,
And for those who need to buy these "fashions", the primary bibles are FRUiTS
There is something wrong with that country.......
Who needs boots when you can have steel-toed tabi
? An overview of Japanese worker clothing
) on Gwen Stefani's clueless appropriation of Japan-ness.
Harajuku Street Style.
Oh those crazy cool Japanese kids! The streets of Harajuku
are as much a fashion playground as they are an exhibit of Why You Should Never Pair White Boots with Gold Chains
. This is, of course, in line with the existing weirdness of the brilliant Katamari Damacy
, mayonnaise-and-squid pizza
, and the "no caption required" homoerotic dating sim "le, Tatemasu!"
Every Sunday, it's Halloween in Harajuku.
Hanging out by the train station at Tokyo's most fashionable district are young women dressed as nurses, but with white faces and a trickle of painted blood dripping from a lip. Men in their late teens or early twenties fidget under huge manes of spiky green hair and layers of black leather.
Some really amazing costumes can be seen here
. And by amazing I mean interesting
, and by interesting I mean freaky
'In Japan, womens fashion, like makeup, continues to
evolve, reflecting the moods and mores of the times.
The following photographs of women provide tantalizing
glimpses into some of the radical changes that have
marked the past century. '
Related interest :- An American Visit to Japan, 1923.
Funky Radical World
was created by Japanese illustrator Radical Suzuki
- don't miss the delightful fashion show
. One of my favorite works is Real Tokyo Girls
, a flash animation about the rather fascinating Ganguro girl
fad. This gallery
includes a few more samples of his work. warning - some cartoon nudity may be involved!
Damn La Difference!
Europe (and apparently Japan
) seem to be going through a Dickies craze
. You say work wear
; we say American blue-collar chic
. You pay $20
for an industrial shirt; we pay $100
. Should we call the whole thing off? [More inside.