Jeff Horsley speaks on COMME des GARÇONS’ (Japan) extensive campaign archive

Japanese “Lolita” fashion hits Europe

Refinery29, http://www.refinery29.com/amsterdam-lolita

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When you think of Lolita fashion, chances are, your mind automatically goes to Japan. After all, this fashion subculture originated in Japan back in the 1970’s. But it seems this fashion has expanded far beyond Japan. A trip to Amsterdam will certainly prove that.

The growing community of men and women in Amsterdam who are inspired by the fashion commonly known as Lolita, was found to have grown massively and taken on a tone of empowerment. As Refinery29 points out, they viewed Lolita fashion “as more than an activity but an identity and a community.”

 

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Common characteristics of a Lolita outfit are petticoats, lace bows, and hints of “little girl” attributes including pink parasols. For women, the outfits usually accentuate the body without showing too much actual skin.

Since its growth in Tokyo, the industry centered in Harajuku, Lolita has taken on forms such as Gothic, Sweet, Punk and Classic Lolita. It was predominantly popularized by the more female “visual kei” in Japan, and has influenced manga, video games, novels and songs.

 

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Lolita fashion has also come in forms of makeup tutorials as well which has Western Lolita fans adopting Lolita styles into their everyday life. The subculture is flourishing  and there is an increase in activities such as tea parties and conventions, and resources such as Lolita magazines and celebrity authors like Novala Takemoto. In the Japanese bookstores and costumes in anime, Lolita was once merely a fantasy. While it still retains that aura, it has also become accessible and, if you look towards Amsterdam, universal.

 

NIGO & Tetsu Nishiyama to debut DOUBTFUL AS DOUBLE® this Month

Two of Japan’s the biggest streetwear designers in BAPE‘s NIGO and WTAPS/FPAR‘s Tetsu Nishiyama have come together to announce a new project titled DOUBTFUL AS DOUBLE®.

As unusual as the name might sound, we’re sure that there will be some serious heat being put together with the coming together of two highly creative individuals. The joint venture will launch in spring/summer 2015 through Japanese online store ZOZO, with an exhibition at Gyre in Aoyama, Tokyo on December 13 which will give fans a preview of the collaborative effort.

Stay tuned for more updates regarding DOUBTFUL AS DOUBLE®.

Lifelike lion and tiger backpacks from Japan will make everyone who sees you say, “Oh my!”

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There are two important things to bear in mind regarding Japanese fashion. First is that, since so many people use public transportation, they almost always need some kind of a bag or backpack to carry their stuff in when they go out. Second, after spending all week wearing a mandated uniform or bland business suit, come the weekend, some people are overcome with the urge to express their individuality to the fullest with their clothing and accessory choices.

With that in mind, just about the fastest route away from your button-down Monday to Friday look is to slip on a backpack that’s the exact shape and size of a tiger’s head.

These eye-catching backpacks have been offered for sale by shops in trendy neighborhoods like Shibuya and Harajuku for at least a year. With animal prints being predicted as a popular look this winter, though, interest in them seems to have reached some sort of critical mass, and you can now order them from online retailer Nissen.

 

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Some people feel a sense of empowerment from wearing animal-print clothing, whether from the image of physical strength associated with the wild beats, or simply the freedom of being openly ostentatious. We’re guessing these bags provide a similar benefit, while also striking terror into the heart of anyone who walks behind you. As a matter of fact, one online commentator was curious about what would happen if you ran into a bear, Japan’s largest native predator, while wearing one of these.

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In addition to the standard tiger, Nissen also sells a white version.

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And if the idea of strapping a tiger’s head to your back is just too silly, there’s also the more dignified option of a lion with a stately mane.

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All three styles can be ordered from Nissen here, priced at 7,800 yen (US $68). Between their closeness in size to the actual animals’ heads, plus their lifelike eyes, the effect of seeing one of these poking out from a crowd of pedestrians on one of Tokyo’s busy streets or intersections can be pretty powerful.

But the primary purpose of a bag is to hold stuff, after all. How will these backpacks measure up on that front?

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Possibly not quite as well as they do in the looks department. On its website, Nissen describes each as having “a pocket on the back that can easily hold your cell phone, wallet, or other small items.”

Since a pocket that could hold large items would also be able to hold little ones, we’re guessing the exact wording of Nissen’s statement means you shouldn’t count on being able to cram a multi-day safari’s worth of gear into them.

Perhaps to make up for their shortcomings in storage capacity, there is one other unique function the backpacks have. If you’ve got a hook mounted on your wall or door, slinging them over gives you a pretty impressive decoration, making your room look like either a hunting lodge or a posh host/hostess club, depending on the amount of surrounding wood or velvet furniture.

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Or, in the event that your arms are too tired from having to carry everything that wouldn’t fit in the backpack, you can save yourself the trouble of having to lift it up by tossing it on the floor. Add a blanket, then stretch out luxuriously to relax on your instant tigerskin rug.

A closer look inside the D-mop Concept Store on On Lan Street in Hong Kong

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D-mop recently unveiled the newly revamped version of its 22-year old concept shop on On Lan Street in Hong Kong’s Central district. The first floor — which presents a curated selection of contemporary designer labels including Veronique Leroy, Preen, Barbara Bui, Tibi — features a soft lighting and an inviting living room furnishings in a modern and sophisticated aesthetic.

The basement, on the other hand, welcomes pieces from up-and-coming designers from the Korean fashion world including KYE, KAAL E SUKTAE, Yohan Kim, General Idea as well as European labels such as Alex Mattsson, Agi & Sam, Andrea Crews, Nasir Mazhar, Bernard Willhelm, Daniel Palillo, Jeremy Scott and KTZ. The interior is loyally steeped with a street vibe that uses black as the main hue accompanied with simple yet bold lines. Select decorative toys and figures adorn the tables and shelves while a few fixtures such as fixed-gear helped to further tie together the fresh young atmosphere of the space. In addition, the basement also features a sports-inspired section that enhances the customer experience with the likes of adidas by Stella McCartney, Y-3, VFILES SPORTS PLUS and many others.

Enjoy the visuals and find more of their product updates via Facebook and Instagram.

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MR PORTER’s Five Japanese brands you should know about

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Japanese brands have undoubtedly left their mark on the fashion industry over the past decade and the city of Tokyo is the creative hub where a variety of trends emerge before spreading to the rest of the world. Tokyo’s designers are redefining multiple menswear archetypes with forward thinking ideas and heritage feels.

MR PORTER recently sat down with Yosuke Aizawa of White Mountaineering, Shinsuke Nakada of BEAMS PLUS, Shinsuke Takizawa of NEIGHBORHOOD, Kenji Tsuji of BLUE BLUE JAPAN and Yutaka Goto of Remi Relief to talk about what life is like in Tokyo and how they get inspired for their respective designs.

Head over to MR PORTER to check out the full feature.

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A Bathing Ape Debuts A SKATING APE Line

A Bathing Ape has always taken slight cues from a variety of music, artists, and sports. The legendary Harajuku label is set to redefine itself, again, with the introduction of a new imprint: A SKATING APE.

Though present details are scant, we do know that former professional skater (and current Hombre Niño designer) Yoshifumi “Yoppi” Egawa  has a key role in the collection. The inaugural release of A SKATING APE finds a custom skateboard and ape head logo applied across a cycling jacket, casual button-down, and tie-dye T-shirt. Images of the cycling jacket are the first to release, thanks to GRIND Magazine, while the rest of the collection will likely see the light of day in the near future.

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Masafumi Watanabe Talks About the adidas Originals by BEDWIN Collaboration

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The collaboration between cult favorite brands and high-profile companies is somewhat of a trend this year. As we enter the last seasons of 2013, a notable partnership has been announced between adidas Originals and BEDWIN & THE HEARTBREAKERS. BEDWIN and, specifically, its founder Masafumi Watanabe, have created a strong following in the Japanese fashion market and beyond.

For Watanabe, the distinct Tokyo lifestyle is both a point of pride and inspiration, evidenced by the sleek, diverse garb his brand produces each season. Here is an interview in HYPEBEAST, where he discusses his forthcoming project with adidas Originals, the approach to design, and the state of Japanese fashion as a whole.

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CRANK TOKYO collaborates with Kevin Lyons and Stussy for their 2013 Fall Tote Bag

Stussy and New York-based artist Kevin Lyons follow-up their collaborative installment of the ongoing “Guest Artist Series” with a selection of totes for Fall 2013. Handmade by Japanese bag-makers CRANK TOKYO, the natural canvas totes come emblazoned with Lyons’s goofy pop-art illustrations alongside a subtle Stussy branding tab.

Available in small and medium sizes for ¥10,500 JPY (approximately $108 USD) and ¥15,750 JPY (approximately $162 USD), respectively, the collaborative bags hit Stussy Japanese chapters Saturday, October 5.

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At the Seattle Art Museum (SAM): Future Beauty- 30 Years of Japanese Fashion

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If you’re in Seattle, definitely go check out Future Beauty- 30 Years of Japanese Fashion at the Seattle Art Museum.

 Curator’s statement:

The tremendous innovation of Japanese fashion designers who have revolutionized the way we think of fashion today is the focus of this special exhibition, the first of its kind presented at SAM. In the 1970s Japanese designers Kenzo Takada and Issey Miyake had already gained recognition in the West, but it is in the 1980s that Japanese designers emerged with an entirely new aesthetic. In the summer of 1983, Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto brought forth a stark new aesthetic at the Paris runway shows. Based on monochrome black and white, they presented asymmetric and at times perforated dresses, which loosely described the female silhouette. These designs were recognized as a radical counterproposal to Western notions of the fitted form and gained instant notoriety.

This was an explosive new beginning of what is now three decades of innovative design that has in turn influenced and reshaped our Western aesthetics of dress. Curated by Akiko Fukai, director of the Kyoto Fashion Institute, the exhibition showcases the early emphasis on light and shadow, and the increasingly diverse, innovative designs that range from the deconstruction and reinvention of Western couture models to brightly colored designs that are inspired by contemporary street fashion.

With eighty gowns, ranging from classic and elegant to outrageous—created by celebrated designers Issey Miyake, Kenzo Takada, Rei Kawakubu, Yohji Yamamoto, Junya Watanabe, Jun Takahashi and others—videos of runway shows, artist photographs, magazines, and ephemera designed by renowned international artists such as Gilbert & George and Cindy Sherman, an exhilarating experience awaits viewers of this extraordinary exhibition.

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At the Seattle Art Museum (SAM): Future Beauty- 30 Years of Japanese Fashion

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