Monday, August 29, 2011

Decoded: Japanese Style


Mon petites, it’s no secret that in the hauter then haute blogesphere we are absolutely obsessed with street style photos. And from the looks of the runways, we aren’t the only ones. Clicking through Tokyo blogs like Dropsnap.jp and Fashionsnap.com, and reading the must have tome JAPAN FASHION NOW (Yale University Press) we noticed a strong link between the snapshots from Harajuku and Shibuya and the trends that emerged in the collections nearly every season. What's even more interesting is what is in store (pun  intended) for the future !

Photo: Marcio Madeira via Style.com
Denim-on-denim? Boho layers? Post-apocalyptic chic?  Punk Mash up? The dolls and gents in Tokyo were in la mode before it was in vogue (literally). Designers get their ideas from all over and filter them in their own unique ways, but there’s no denying that these young Japanese women (and men) know what’s hip months, sometimes light years before the rest of us, and they’re as influential now as they’ve ever been. What's even more captivating is the realm of creativity in which Japanese designers are producing now and how it's interpreted on the Streets of Japan.   Here's a look at some of the influences, rtw interpretation and a haute tome that explores it all... 


Japan Fashion Now
Valerie Steele with Patricia Mears, Yuniya Kawamura, and Hiroshi Narumi
Yale University Press

Over the past 40 years the Japanese with their distinctive view on form and fashion,  have led the way in aligning fashion with art, ideology and integrity, as well as addressing identity and social politics through dress. They have demonstrated that there is no trend, creative mode, fade and commercial craze in today's international fashion industry that can not be revitalize and made new.
Photos Courtesy of Style.com 
The book explores how the Japanese  have refused to compromise their ideals, remaining autonomous and independent in their design, wardrobe regime and trends.  In JAPAN FASHION NOW (Yale University Press) the tome provides a richly detailed and uniquely comprehensive view of the style wonderland that continues to inspire and create the world over. 

Photos Courtesy of Style.com 
This book is a visual foray into Japan’s popular and influential style subculture. It showcases a creative lifestyle synthesized from a remix of Victoriana, the macabre, anime, and theatricality, drawing on the early punks of the ’70s and ’80s and the club kids of the ’90s. Japanese Now blends disparate elements of global pop culture into something fun, stylish, and unique—. It attracts established figures from Tokyo’s trendsetting fashion, art, and design scenes, and has inspired the next generation of designers, tastemakers, and fashionistas. Featured here are intriguing essays by Steele, Mears and the like that give an insider look at what was created and to come from the Japanese world of fashion. 
Japan Fashion Now
Valerie Steele with Patricia Mears, Yuniya Kawamura, and Hiroshi Narumi
Yale University Press

Shoplist
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12 comments:

Noémie said...

Great post!
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Ayana said...

Love the vibrant colours and cool hair styles!

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