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Mon, Apr. 23rd, 2007 12:49 pm
A complete history of Japanese cutie girls, 1997-2007

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imomus
imomus
imomus
Mon, Apr. 23rd, 2007 01:26 pm (UTC)

That London street fashion site is interesting for the glimpses it gives of expat Japanese in London, a whole subject unto itself. Most of them are very much still living on Tokyo time, visually. Some -- maybe those who've been in the UK longer -- preserve the styles of a vanished civilisation, like human time capsules. Or like the Shift Cutie pages.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Mon, Apr. 23rd, 2007 01:05 pm (UTC)

Shift isn't top down at all, it's a very casual approach, pretty similar to Shoichi Aoki's FRUiTS style. They just photograph the girls that come to their cafe, mostly. Or did.

It'll be interesting to see whether the Nu-Rave / CassettePlaya look has any impact in Japan, or whether the ambient chromophobia kills it stone dead. I suppose Nu-Rave intersects with Bape hoody jackets and with infant style, both potential Japanese favourites. But I'm inclined to agree with those who've charted skirt length to economic boom and bust cycles (boom = shorter). I think colour would require a big economic boom to come back. But wait, the colourful, zany 90s was a recession time in Japan, wasn't it? And the economy now is better. Maybe it's more about feelings about the future, then. I think the 90s cyber-geisha thing was about futuristic feelings about the soon-come 21st century. And now there's a new feeling about the future, a darker feeling. The cybertopia idea has gone, replaced by an ecolo-dystopia idea.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Mon, Apr. 23rd, 2007 02:44 pm (UTC)

So over the years, they just happened to have groups of girls who'd just walk in, wearing matching, up-to-date outfits? Sorry, but I smell a fashion photographer cherry-picking at the very least...

Well, fashion itself is of course a conspiracy! When people all over are wearing the same thing, there's more to it than meets the eye!

I think when you add filters and editing to that "conspiracy" you get a selectivity which can look like styling but isn't. For instance, Cafe Soso (where many of the Shift pictures have been shot since about 2000) attracts a fashion and design-conscious clientele. And the photographer picks who to photograph, and then the editor presumably selects from within that selection, narrowing it down to the requisite ten girls.

But, again, that's how Shoichi Aoki's magazines work too, or any street fashion website. It's all someone's eye, picking and choosing from what's out there.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Mon, Apr. 23rd, 2007 02:51 pm (UTC)

But you're right about the Nu-Rave thing, there's quite a lot of it about on that Japanese Streets site, like this and this.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Mon, Apr. 23rd, 2007 02:52 pm (UTC)

Second link should be this.

Come back chromophobia, all is forgiven!


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electricwitch
electricwitch
For anything, oh! she´ll bust her elastic
Mon, Apr. 23rd, 2007 01:28 pm (UTC)

I see London has become a lot more boring since I left.


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electricwitch
electricwitch
For anything, oh! she´ll bust her elastic
Mon, Apr. 23rd, 2007 02:12 pm (UTC)
yay Kurt Weil

Oh he has lovely legs. And such a tastefully combined outfit, he looks beautiful!



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bricology
bricology
bricology
Mon, Apr. 23rd, 2007 03:20 pm (UTC)
Re: yay Kurt Weil

Even with my high-key palette, when I first visited Japan, I felt rather drab compared to all the bright colors natives wore (at least in Shibuya, Omotesando, Nakameguro, etc.). However, in subsequent visits, I've noticed that -- just as Momus points out -- the colors of the young Tokyo-ite's clothing and accessories have become more subdued.

I'll be back in Tokyo this Wednesday, and the clothing I've packed is intentionally a bit more neutral -- perhaps I'll finally fit in! (er, as much as a blond, 6'3" gaijin ever could).


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bricology
bricology
bricology
Mon, Apr. 23rd, 2007 07:41 pm (UTC)
Re: yay Kurt Weil

Thanks for the wishes, W!

Please -- no apologizes for mannequinizing me; I'm flattered. And I get mistaken for a fruit all the time (not that I mind).


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desant012
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Mon, Apr. 23rd, 2007 02:54 pm (UTC)
Re: yay Kurt Weil

I definitely need to check out Philly if it's anything like that. NYC is great for a lot of stuff, but since everything is like this brutal competition, you either compete 100% with everyone around you or you just don't do anything at all. It doesn't foster playfulness or casual, imaginative fun, though there are definitely cool people here and there (who pretty much have the same complaints).


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Mon, Apr. 23rd, 2007 02:24 pm (UTC)

Can you imagine someone like Jeffrey at a Vice party? Me neither.

Oh you big liar, Whimsy, I saw you at a Vice party! You were dancing the Charleston!


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niddrie_edge
niddrie_edge
raymond
Mon, Apr. 23rd, 2007 11:40 pm (UTC)
..uncage the colours ,unfurl The Flag...

but.... Boys Keep Swinging!?


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queenspaz
queenspaz
queenspaz
Mon, Apr. 23rd, 2007 02:23 pm (UTC)

It disappoints me that vivid color has vanished.
As a lover of color, the kind that adorns the most spectacular shapes of nature, I was inspired by those skilled-at-coordinating covered in boldness.
It felt like it originated from something between rebellion and progress-passion - the part of humankind that needs to push for change to avoid complacency. Now, though it is more organic, it is also easier to ignore and it blends in with the salarymen and office ladies' black suits and leather briefcases.
Did the exploitation and mtv-ization of "Harajuku Girls" in the west play a part?


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electricwitch
electricwitch
For anything, oh! she´ll bust her elastic
Mon, Apr. 23rd, 2007 03:35 pm (UTC)

"Did the exploitation and mtv-ization of "Harajuku Girls" in the west play a part?"

Do you know, I think that´s probably a large part of it.


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