All of the looks on the men are so meticulously flamboyant. My first thought was that these fellows make BryanBoy look pretty conservative, actually! (Yes I know he's not from Japan, but he's my gAsian reference for fashion) LOL
i think that the point of japanese youth is the diversity of looks, its every reference ever, it is it the last hurrah before they become salary men and women the frivolity of youth in a very controlled society because even these kids belong to a clique
I am really enjoying your series from Japan. It is refreshing to see a style perspective outside of Europe and the States. I hope your trip is as inspiring for you as your photographs are for me. Thank you, as always, for sharing.
So happy to see you snapping in Japan. For me this is the true home of innovative style – sure, there are many style cults (gyaru, gothloli, visual-kei, etc), but there's so much originality happening outside these too.
Would love to see you picking up some of the trad dressers – kimono wearers (they exist!), Christopher Nemeth fans and the rest.
I think for some people who are not familiar with Japanese fashion, they think all these look are ridiculous or ugly. But, if you often see Japanese fashion magazines or live in big cities (NY, LA or Paris, etc), you will appreciate and love Japanese style. Everybody in Japan dress individual and unique. These are just some shots from the famous funky area called "Harajuku". People dress like cartoon or manga character, wear black lipstick, etc, just have fun with themselves and express who they are. Scott, U should check out Shibuya/Shinjuku (more like Soho mix w Lower East Side) and Ginza (Upper west side or more conservative well dress ppl). Each areas have different styles. Personally, I'm more Shibuya girl :) Nice shots!!! Have fun in Japan and pls EAT A LOT of great food there from street foods, etc.
your japan posts are SO GREAT. The textures, mixes, and fabrics are just totally different from what I usually see. I love the girl on her bike…truly interesting and there's no "chic" or "vintage" hype…just an interesting mix of clothing.
I lived in Japan for part of high school and college and picked up a lot of fashion that was cool there. When I moved back to the US, I felt REALLY out of place with my outfits. Now I can totally pick out Japanese people that I see around the streets of Seattle just by their outfits.
This is one of those photos that needs some context I think – are these students, are they friends getting home from a really late night party? It just doesn't seem fair with these two creative and unique guys to know so little !? :)
This photo reminds me of the vintage photo that was posted a week or two ago of the little boys in their baseball uniforms. Ugh! I miss Japan SO very much. Such wonderfully welcoming people and such an amazing culture!
Is Tokyo (except the Harajuku neighborhood) really that different from New York, London, Paris and Milan in terms of how people are dressed? Or are we, the westerners, simply drawn to these different, innovative, weird or ethnic – what have you – styles? How representative are they of street fashion in Tokyo? Are there globally stylish people that aren't such a novelty act but more like those Chinese ladies you photographed at Hong Kong's Lane Crawford in 2007? I'm curious to know.
Harem, drop-crotch, genie, M.C Hammer, whatever you want to call them kind of pants are predominantly everywhere in Japan it seems. And somehow I think they're extremely flattering and we should see more of them over 'west'.
Enjoying contrasting these posts with those from New York and Paris.
You told your Berlin audience that the only city where it's really easy to take pictures of great looks is Milan. I bet the city (or at least parts of it) to take get the coolest looks of all is Tokyo. I love those Japanese teens – their creativity and self-confidenc is beyond!
If you're going to go back to Harajuku there's a really nice menswear shop called Le Globe (http://www.leglobe.jp/). The shop itself has been designed by Noriaki Okabe, it's a really nice place to go. It's off Gaien-nishi Dori, not far from Harajuku and Omotesando. Enjoy!
nicely done! I absolutely adore Japanese fashion. They really have no boundaries when it comes to expressing there way of life through there clothes. I wish I could see more of that in our western society.
I have read fashion comes first in Japan and then to the rest of the world and these pictures are proof to it! These people are truly fashionable. They break norms and make it look cool! I love the skirt the girl on the bicycle is wearing. I like a riot of colours in dresses when others are wearing it though I tend to stick to rust, brown, beige, white and black!
Re the huge pants: I've got to love any ensemble that makes me think, "Hmmm, must be fun to be wearing that." Makes me want to go to my closet and find something that will swish as I go through my day….
I just LOVE how the Japanese make it look so effortless. I've worked on summer schools for Japanese students whilst a student at Cambridge and the best part of it was hands down how beautifully turned out they are all the time – even/especially the boys – and just how amazingly polite and lovely they were.
Ah! I am all for experiments, and I think the 2 gents get it right, if for no other reason than because they present a different silhouette, I mean this is different even than those Bottega Veneta men's wide leg jeans, which also made it into your blog weeks ago. And I agree with the posting above, that even these original guys belong to a "clique." That may be so, but they are still a breath of fresh air. I wont even go near trying this style, but thanks for the great visuals! Jorge from WPB
These two guys are great! They take me back nearly thirty years when I first saw the creations from Yohji Yamamoto. Wow, time flies and cycles of fashion repeat themselves. I feel a good deal of the photographs you have presented us over these past few weeks have a very special retro quality to them, fashion wise. Berlin, Russia, and now Tokyo. I don't know if you are doing it on purpose as in "A Theme" or there's a return to certain looks that in my opinion were very beautiful. Maybe in these parts of the world, fashion evolution is slower or more steadfast. Not sure how to put it, just know I love it! I also see Kenzo here as well. Thanks Scott!
It's funny– Japanese style to me is all about being the same. If gold buttons on coats are in, everyone has gold (or at least silver) buttons on their coats. If black boots are in, everyone is wearing mini-skirts and black boots, or substituting with black shoes and knee-high black socks. Even when you are trying to stand out, you follow a trend– If you're part of the Yamamba trend, you go all out– dye your hair blond (or white), get the fake tan, wear the matching clothes etc. etc. Japan is a place for standing out while fitting in, or fitting in by not standing out– depending on your preference.
It makes me happy to see all the excited comments. Tokyo really deserves a good look from the likes of you, Sart. :D
The two young men represent my favorite things about Japanese fashion. The flawless combination of old and new, cheap and high quality. And they're so comfortable in their own skin… look at those smiles! :D
i think a lot of people who are commenting are missing the points of these outfits. the japanese culture focuses on different aspects of dressing. they may not be something you wear, but to them is more than standard. besides the personal style that's coming across in these pictures is the play with proportions and cut. it's something you see in comme des garcons for example. so maybe we should all calm down on the prejudices. they probably think you're style would be strange.
Î™ adore your blog, it makes me see another point of fashion view.Please help me with sth: How do you tell to people to take them a photo? For me it's really difficult, i believe that everyone is afraid of it.
What most non-Japanese probably don't realize is that those voluminous pants in the bottom photo are actually the pants worn by construction workers. They are very traditional and are worn with split toe shoes on construction sites throughout the country.
So although they may look strange to western eyes, the truth is to the Japanese they just look like work pants – like Carhartts in the U.S.
I would also like to mention that these are not typical "Harajuku" styles – they are actually quite simple for that neighborhood.
So they dress up as cartoon characters as a way to "be themselves" because these characters mirror them best? Are we speaking aesthetically or some other trait, like telepathy (because it's such a common quality)? I'm obviously missing something here.
As for the clothes, these pieces would work best separately instead of all mashed up together. Each item has its own uniqueness. Pairing them up with a classic staple would make it work better for sure.