A slightly different post here from Tokyo Telephone: I thought I’d share my current fashion inspirations (but I’ll leave the outfit shots to Samuel and his lovely visage/wardrobe). When I was putting these images together I found it quite interesting that what runs through my head when thinking about things that catch my eye often doesn’t end up as part of an outfit, but more of a feeling. That’s rather vague, but as my clothing is approximately 99% black (like many in the fashion industry), it’s in the little details that my influences pop up: necklaces & rings; make-up; accessories…
If I had to describe my current style in three words it would be one: dark, two: unisex, three: eighties. Like many people interested in Japanese fashion, from a young age I flirted with various fashion styles, from partially shaven headed teenage goth to lolita, and even a touch of Shibuya gyaru in the mix. One of the main reasons I’ve continued my love affair with Japanese fashion for a decade now is that I can almost see it like one huge glorious buffet of gorgeous style – I can gorge myself on lolita frills one day, then opt for a slice of dolly-kei vintage with a smattering of lip-smacking mode gyaru on the side.
I feel like my style has been maturing over the past couple years in particular, and out of that has been born my love of highly influential 1980s Japanese design (see my post on the Future Beauty exhibition at the Barbican gallery) and menswear – I am utterly head-over-heels infatuated with so much Japanese menswear, and I’m really looking forward to the upcoming Japan Fashion Week & the autumn/winter 2011 collections. Continuing my threes, my three all time must-have items are one: a black leather jacket, two: black trousers, and three: hair dye. I chose these three as I’m always on the look out for leather jackets (more creations on our NOMI project blog soon!), I’m still hunting for the perfect pair of black trousers even though I have quite a few (my perfect pair would be slim-leg, bum-flattering and slightly high waisted), and I’ve been colouring my hair since I can remember – I thought I had light brown hair, but according to my hair stylist it’s actually auburn! It’s currently a rather unnatural lilac that makes me feel like a cartoon character in the best possible way.
Read on for some visuals….
I’ve been obsessed with lilac since the middle of last year – I kept seeing it pop up in lolita and fairy-kei coordinates- and although it’s not a colour I could wear on my body, I love my lilac hair! (Here’s a photo of me & GoBo from Fraggle Rock – I’m on the right, honest) How could I resist the fabulous lilac and black outfits from the Candy blog? The entire Luella spring/summer 2009 collection is fairly representative of my hair and make-up: the aforementioned hair colour, with a slick of black eyeliner and lashings of coral/orange and hot pink lipstick. It may still be January, but it’s already spring on my face. I may be two years too late to the Luella pastel sherbet look, but bright colour blocking is set to be huge this summer – maybe I’m so far behind I’m now ahead of the trends? (Vivenne Westwood look-a-like My Little Pony found here – I showed it to Tavuchi and she loved it!)
Bringing out a smidgeon of my darker side, I just adore studded biker jackets (Christian Dada included) and I’ve got a whole book of designs and ideas ready for NOMI! I’ve highlighted yet more coordinates from Candy shopstaff (told you I was mental for that shop!): I love the masculine vibe and classic fashion elements from different eras, and after being a mini skirt girl for many years I’m currently addicted to maxi dresses and long skirts worn with witchy high-heeled ankle boots and layers of jewellery. Lovely.
Despite my rather varied current inspirations, I know one thing for sure: I’ll never get bored of Japanese fashion!