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Tokyo’s street fashion

December 6, 2018

“It is ever so much easier to be good if your clothes are fashionable.” said Lucy Maud Montgomery in her book Anne of Green Gables. Fashion is an art, or a business ; sometimes it’s luxury, for others it’s ready to wear; it can be vintage, chic, street wear or grunge, there are so many different looks. You can create it, reinvent it or just decide to break all the rules. It’s sometimes a way to claim physically your opinion or to support a cause. Japan is also famous for its excentric way of life and all those incredible things we can find there. And Fashion is not an exception. Let’s take a look at those amazing styles in Tokyo.

Tokyo is a capital, and like the others, has it own fashion district : Harajuku. If you walk in the street or just do some shopping you will meet fantastic creatures and find mysterious clothes. Fashion is a thing out there and you will quickly understand that you don’t know anything about this art. In Tokyo styles come and go, everything is moving fast and a new trend can become old-fashioned in a short time. I’ll only introduce you to some of the most popular and represented styles which survive in this jungle.

The Lolita fashion is definitly the one you should know. This style was born just after WW2 when Japanese women were forced to take their role of wives, or mothers really young. The Lolita was created to fight against that and gave woman a kind of liberty, to enjoy their youth. It’s inspired by the Victorian style in England during the 19th century and the Rococo in France during the 18th century. So this is a really pure and elegant style with a lot of rules to follow. There are so many derivatives like the Gothic lolita or the sweet lolita. Every single derivative of this general fashion has its own rules and specificities. This style was promoted by Alice Mizer who is the creator of a lolita brand and a guitarist of the famous band : Moi-même-moitié.

The Decora fashion is also a must. This style was born during the early years 2000 and is a kind of revolt against the Japanese strict society. The style is defined by the curious and extravagant structure of the outfit: you just have to wear colourful clothes, neons are better, and to accessorize a lot. It’s not a joke. The goal is to be cute and colourful; you’re like an alive candy. This fashion was promoted by the famous singer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu.

The Visula Kei fashion is really popular too. Visual kei is a style created in the mid-1980s by Japanese musicians consisting of striking makeup, unusual hair styles and flamboyant costumes, similar to Western glam rock. The aim is to have a real and original visual. Like the lolita, there are a lot of derivatives such as the Angura kei or the Fairy kei, and they all have their own specificities. This fashion was promoted by famous bands like : the Gazette, Diaura or Royz.

As you can see, Tokyo’s street fashion is of importance: another world where art and originality are the final aim of fashion. Creating something with clothes, make up,accessories and your body is important for them.  They have a universe, their own rules for each style and that is amazing. This free spirit about creativity can be explained by the strict social rules of their society.  As a form of compensation, they are not afraid to try something new or to be out of the cast. This strength and this fresh movement is the future of fashion.

Fleur-Lou

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