There is no better single shop that represents the current trends in Japan street fashion that Candy of Fake Tokyo. It stocks what the club kids and pop stars are wearing right now, and it is what the shops that sell fakes to people who think ripping off small independent designers is fair game are desperately trying to knock out as I type. At the core of the Candy shop experience is Dissborn, their own fashion brand that follows in the fashion tradition of Sick and Boy London, which is appropriate given how well Boy London sells in Candy itself. This time Dissborn’s A/W 2012-13 seems keen to further reinforce its place as the Tokyo outpost of that underground street culture through its key motifs and insignia, which is then topped off with remade elements from 99&IS who coincidently also does the studding for Christian Dada.
Outside of the club kid insignia, there are also more studs and safety pins than anyone could possibly want, and also a reprise of their popular pleated skirt elements to keep the silhouette current.
Good call on the plain buttons and zip up front that keeps the jacket feeling sharp and clean despite the vast amount of safety pins and rips.
There are two layers on the jacket to make sure you are not too exposed to the elements.
The fluorescent green was a bit of an unexpected move and was a reminder of 90s clubs that I thought were laid to rest.
The overall look builds to something a little bit cleaner than we are used to seeing on the streets of Tokyo, but as I have been saying throughout this season, that seems to be a direction we are heading in.
The black and grey pleated skirt gets my vote and feels fresh, as do the geometric lines created by the studs on the left.
Very much approve of the cut of that vest, and why not go for the set-up look to finish the job!
The moth-eaten finish looks particularly great on the shirt on the right.
This season’s print is feathers – which likewise is something we are seeing everywhere right now it Tokyo.
All in all, a pretty safe line-up from Dissborn, but that which pretty much nails the vibe of the moment. The only question is what do you think will be the next trend, now that this club kid resurgence seems to have reached its logical conclusion – opinions in the usual place.