Sunday, October 24, 2010
How I got into Japanese Fashion & Why I Love It!
My love affair with japanese fashion, brands and designers began with a love of Anime a few years ago. I was introduced to animes like Ghost in the Shell and Blood the vampire through an ex boyfriend. The storylines and the quality of the animations astounded me. The complex characters with their awesome styles and the totally mind blowing original plots had me hooked. From this stemmed my fascination with all things Japanese. From there I discovered Japanese film. Death note is still my favourite ever film and also how i learnt about Gothic Lolita thanks to the super cute character Misa Amana 'Misa Misa'.
Before long i was buying japanese magazines and admiring the fashions and scouring Ebay for Japanese clothing. I had a phase of being primarily into Gyaru which loosely translates as gal. Gal has many different styles to it. I started off loving hime gyaru style which translates as princess gal which means dressing in very girly clothing. Pearls, pink, lace, bows etc. Then I moved onto Oneegal which means older sister gal which is aimed at women in their twenties especially. But I found gal too restrictive and now I don't limit myself to one particular Japanese fashion trend as I love aspects from a lot of them.
I also have a fondness for Japanese brands like Emoda, Gilfy and Sly and Japanese influenced brand Harajuku Lovers (from Gwen Stefani) but only their shoes. I'm also into designers like Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto and Undercover and I have a passion for Hanae Mori vintage kimonos. I adore Japanese fashion because its innovative, varied and individual. When looking at streetsnaps of Tokyo I'm always amazed by the variety of styles and the uniqueness of the fashions.
The Japanese know how to really go for it and they don't all look like carbon copies of each other which I love. Their individualism is what draws me to Japanese fashion. Japanese designers are constantly pushing fashion boundaries and I'm in awe of them. If only my bank balance was big enough to afford them but instead I use their ranges as inspiration. I don't think my obsession with Japanese fashion will ever die and I hope through my blog that I'll help more people fall in love with Japanese fashion like I have.