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11/11/2008

Abbey Dawn in Japan

Avril Lavigne’s clothing line has hit Japanese shores. To be honest, it would probably do well too – her punkish gothic style coupled with a bit of lolita-ness would bode well with Japan’s street fashion. Black and pink, i think it would link.

Abbey Dawn


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10/30/2008

A taste of Japan in New York

Japan Fashion Week’s Spring 2009 collection was showcased in New York! New York! on Sept 1. I can’t believe I missed that.

Anyway, the designers that were featured are Ato, Mikio, Sakabe, Somarta, Ylang-Ylang, G.V.G.V., Mercibeaucoup and Ne-Net. The fashion show was held at Aloha Rag too.

Here’s a piece from Somarta
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Here’s one from Ato
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And here’s one from G.V.G.V.
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Japan Fashion Week’s Spring 2009 season of collections commences on Sept. 1, but for those New York residents unable to make the journey to Tokyo, Japan Fashion Week (JFW) organized a showcase of some of Japan’s most promising emerging designers—Ato, Mikio Sakabe, Somarta, Ylang-Ylang, G.V.G.V., Mercibeaucoup and Ne-Net—at the newly opened Japanese-owned boutique Aloha Rag on Tuesday, Aug. 19, in New York.

The designs on view offered a distinct sampling of the range of styles that will be present at Japan Fashion Week. From the humor and whimsy of Ne-Net (a printed sweatshirt dress had a hood that resembled bunny ears) to the bold, almost cartoonish work of Mercibeaucoup, to the couture finishing of Somarta modern elegance of Ato, JFW hoped that with the impressive selection they would bolster the visibility of Japanese fashion design in the U.S., and perhaps encourage more foreign press and buyers to travel to Tokyo for the collections in the future. Last season, JFW reported a 25 percent increase in the number of foreign media in attendance.

Another case in point of the increased awareness of emerging Japanese talent: Alongside the JFW mannequins and models at Aloha Rag, the store’s own rack of pieces by Ylang-Ylang were on sale, an indication of the increasing availability of some of these Japanese designers stateside.

For more pictures, visit FWD.

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10/28/2008

Uniqlo Heat Tech

Funny pseudo-commercial for Uniqlo’s Heat Tech. It’s actually going big in New York too with their incredible marketing launch via a Human Vending Machine.

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10/23/2008

Vanilla Girl

Is there a new fashion sub-culture in Japan tht I am not aware of??

What’s a vanilla girl anyway? Is there a chocolate girl in the works?


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10/22/2008

Sexy is back

Forget Kawaii…Sexy is back in the Japanese fashion scene.

I breathe a sigh of relief at this welcoming news because I, too, find Japanese fashion and all that kawaii-ness to be over the top, ridiculous at times. But thank god, “cute” is now sexy because all that baby doll dresses and cutesy pink tutus are cringe worthy.

It was really hot this past summer and we’re not just talking about the temperatures. Shukan Post spotted some hot-looking women in the skimpiest of fashions, some of which looked little more than underwear. Nonfiction writer Yuzu Yamashita reports on the trend.

“I can’t help staring at girls wearing short skirts and low-cut tops, whenever I am on a crowded train,” admits a businessman in his 50s. “But when I do, they soon glare at me in anger. I think it’s unfair for them to react that way as long as they expose themselves that much.”

Asking these “sexy girls” in places like Shibuya and Shinjuku who they dress for, most answer: “Nobody,” “For myself,” “I wear such clothes just because I like that brand” and “I’ve never thought I’m wearing clothes for someone else.” The most typical answer is: “I dress this way because it makes me feel good.”

One girl in her 20s says, “I chose this look because it’s cute. I don’t even pay attention to whether anyone is staring at me or not,” while a 26-year-old woman says, “I like to show off both my fashion and body line. I take care of myself and make sure I don’t get fat. What I would tell younger girls is that you can express yourself through fashions like this.”

Of course, many girls are aware of being ogled at by men. A teenage girl says, “Middle-aged guys often look at me. Some of them turn around toward me for a long look, which is irritating. But I have learned to basically ignore those guys.”

Maybe some people worry that these girls might become victims of sex crimes, or get groped on trains. In fact, they say they rarely encounter such cases. One girl says, “Gropers hesitate to approach girls who dress this sexy because it’s too aggressive for them. They tend to target more conservatively dressed girls.”

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10/21/2008

Tsubasa Masuwaka Popteen Fashion

I am sure you j-pop fashion poppers know who Tsubasa Masuwake is. I didn’t, I just found out about her and while some of the clothes she wears are decent, I cannot stand her pouty lips. What the heck is she doing pursing them in bids to look cute? OK it is her job and she does look cute in some of the pictures but here’s what I can’t stand: Random Asian teens camwhoring in their blog full of pictures and nonsensical word-noises from their lack of vocabulary. Guess who are they modeling after?

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Anyway, here’s Masuwaka for you:

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10/16/2008

Be Eco Chic

These days, being green is in. And the fashion world is not about to be left behind.

For some of the hippies around the world and Japan, wearing eco-friendly clothes is not uncommon. But they sure look very unappealing sometimes that even the definition of “casual” does not apply. But the Eco-Chic fashion show in New York might jsut change that perception.

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10/7/2008

New Designer Fashion Grand Prix

I don’t really know what to make out of some of the fashion showcased here..

Some of them are breathtakingly pretty but some are …rather weird, to put it mildly. Of course, a lot of fantasy theme are incorporated in the styles illustrated in this video. Naturally.

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9/4/2008

Armani Privi

Omg…that dress. That dress. It’s gorgeous.
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I am talking about the black and white contrast dress the girl on the right is wearing. This is part of Armani’s Fall 2008 couture fashion show.

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8/26/2008

NHK Special – Japan Top Models

There’s a pill that makes you brown? I thought you just go into a suntanning bed for that…geez.


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