Considered to be the most daring, provocative and outlandish, Japanese fashion actually has come a very long way from just being about kimonos & school uniforms. The flamboyant and eye-popping outfits have highly been influenced by the huge underground scene in Japan. Osaka and Tokya is where the Japanese Street Fashion can be seen at the best. So, by adopting the mixture of the new & traditional trends all along with the local and foreign labels, the youth of Japan has created their personal blend of style and fashion.
Trends And Styles To Be Seen
Japanese fashion has various styles and trends. Young generations were highly elaborate in the dressing patterns as well as make-up. The bright colors, hand-made garments, eccentric patterns, mixing & matching jeans, heavy jewellery, and tops with the traditional wear such as kimonos, is the way to make style statements about the cultural influences & way of life. Kogal, Lolita, Ganguro, Cosplay are some highly sought after trends that Japanese display on streets.
- Kogal fashion is where the young Japanese women will display their wealth by various tastes in fashion and music. The wealthy parents support their girls who are in this trend. They will keep themselves updated with ever-growing technology. They beautify themselves with the big boots, dramatic make-up, skirts pinned high, and latest in the American fashion brands. Most of them see growth of the Gothic Lolita as the reaction to materialism desire, which emerges with Kogal trend.
- Lolita is the style with a lot of subcultures, like Punk Lolita, where beads, chains, wristbands, and lace are the popular accessories all along with the pink & peach colour prints. The Gothic Lolita mainly focuses on the styles emerging from Victorian age like dark colors, heavy brooches, black make-up, and ribbons.
- Ganguro dressing is quite similar to the North American people trying to imitate blonde and tanned models and celebrities. This look includes dark or light tanned bodies, dyed or bleached hair, platforms and summer dresses. The exaggerated outfits and looks, is an attempt to westernize them heavily.
- Costume Play or Cosplay is the trend where character dressing of anime, manga, fantasy movies or videogames is highly encouraged. The Harry Potter and The Matrix are a few Hollywood films that increased Cosplay artist’s popularity. Japanese people styled in the Cosplay attires are seen at the different public gatherings like nightclubs and amusement parks that are dedicated to the like-minded dressers & high profile parties.