A little while ago, Samuel & I popped along to the White Night event in the Tokyo Telephone tower home town – a night of art events, live music and installations. It was (literally) right up our street! We loved seeing people make the effort & get dressed up for such a special occasion, and there were quite a few elaborate costumes that wouldn’t have been out of place on Harajuku’s famous Jingu bridge – that is, if the kids still hung out there! (Sidenote: if you’re you’re looking for the fabulously dressed cosplayers & Japanese fashion subculture aficionados, you’ll have to look elsewhere…)
One costume really stood out from the crowd – a girl with a huge Marie Antoinette wig perched perilously on her head! Of course, as soon as I saw Bedsidedrama’s collection photos I couldn’t help but be reminded of the girl in the wig making her way around the midnight festivities.
Having trouble with bed side drama? Let them eat cake! (Fake cat optional)
Fabulous wigs aside, this is a genuinely beautiful collection with a simple colour palette, light & airy designs, and a great print theme running throughout. Although the Hermes-style print paired with the pearl details could have a Sloan Square-esque vibe to it, the wig actually adds a real over-the-top edge to an otherwise outdated combination. I feel that the blue silk top & printed shorts combination could work really well for contemporary summer street wear – dressed down with battered white hi-top sneakers, or dressed up with a straw hat and candy coloured high heels.
Even though much of what I’ve been featuring here on Tokyo Telephone recently has been more high end and a bit less ‘mainstream’ (read more about the evolution of Tokyo Telephone here & here), I do feel that with a little imagination many items have the potential to be coordinated within more familiar Japanese fashion subcultures. For example, why not pair the printed blouse of the first image under the cut with a brown classic lolita skirt? How about the blue silk top with some killer gyaru gladiator heels? One thing I find that many of my favourite Japanese street fashion snaps have in common is that often higher end/boutique items will be paired with other vintage and handmade items & clothing, making for true originality – something that unfortunately gets lost in translation far too much.