Lately there has been a lot of talk about fashion designers being inspired by Japanese street style. Other than that, the unconventional look of for example the Harajuku girls have been used for show purposes and seen as style icons for years now. The street styles keep evolving and for the sake of categorization new names are coming up for them by the minute. Just to name a few: Gothic Lolita, Ganguro, Kogal, Shibuya, Cosplay, Kawaii, Ura Hara and so on.
While people from the collectivistic Asian cultures generally tend to be introverted in character, their extrovertedness comes out in clothing style. On the one hand we see people with amazing and eye catching styles, always on the frontline with the latest trends.
On the other hand we see a colorful festival of craziness..
When it comes to this extreme end of clothing extravaganza there are no limits. Being dressed as an anime character, a variant of the Corpse Bride or a full length Hello Kitty is the normal course of action in the streets of Tokyo. This show mentality in clothing style appears to be their way of cutting loose from the cultural strictness and express themselves. So how do we see this scream for expression? Will it come overseas (yeah..don’t think so) or shall we just keep looking at it with a weird intrigue, paired with laughter and incomprehensiveness.
To bring this back to the talk of the town, fashion shows want to get our attention so extravagance is warmly welcomed, with an obvious tendency of viewing a ‘normal’ collection as worse than an ‘ugly’ one. It’s great to see that nowadays so much inspiration for collections come from the streets, but this does mean lowering the dream factor of these fashion brands. If extravagance and exclusivity are becoming normal, what will be the new extravagance and exclusivity? Here you can the slideshow on style.com that shows more comparisons.
Quite a resemblance, no? Everything together, the streets of Tokyo give us quite an outdoor runway. I say enjoy the show! As for now, Sayounara and ja-mata ne! hihihi