It is no secret that I am massively enamored by THUNDERBOX and I think it is mainly because their clothes always have a hint of geeky nostalgia but dressed in the kind of fashion credibility I wish I had been able to muster when I was a child buried in manga.  Not that this collection has the overt nods to pop-culture that THUNDERBOX’s last collection had, this time those influences are slightly less literal but still acknowledged in robotic armor structures, 80s patterns and vaguely subtle details.

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Needless to say the styling is unbelievably cool and shot in the Japanese countryside which makes a surprisingly good alien environment for our futuristic hero to explore.  Continue reading for the full shoot which takes in the casual Harajuku street level, right up to a progressive retro futurism.  It all goes to show that incorporating pop culture into fashion can give you an almost limitless playground to romp around in, and THUNDERBOX is definitely doing it damn well.

The looks:

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I really like these armored shoulders here that recall a simular structure to Christian Dada’s Sengoku inspired A/W 2011-12.

tokyo thunderbox men harajuku fashion brands

tokyo thunderbox men harajuku fashion brands

Likewise this kind of deconstructed utilitarianism is definitely trending in menswear.  Check out Yoshio Kubo’s take on this for a slightly smarter fit.

tokyo thunderbox men harajuku fashion brands

tokyo thunderbox men harajuku fashion brands

Those leggings – wow!

tokyo thunderbox men harajuku fashion brands

tokyo thunderbox men harajuku fashion brands

Can’t wait to see the details on that shirt.  (His exhibition details are here if you fancy a look too)

tokyo thunderbox men harajuku fashion brands

I am also a big fan of those hats, but you are going to have to wait for a dedicated post on that subject soon.

tokyo thunderbox men harajuku fashion brands

A classic Harajuku bohemian fit.

tokyo thunderbox men harajuku fashion brands

And a slightly more toned down version of that amazing pattern.

tokyo thunderbox men harajuku fashion brands

Layered baggy shorts are a great alternative to the male skirt silhouette.

tokyo thunderbox men harajuku fashion brands

tokyo thunderbox men harajuku fashion brands

tokyo thunderbox men harajuku fashion brands

Check out that print – amazing!

tokyo thunderbox men harajuku fashion brands

This has to be my standout item – the armored coat.

tokyo thunderbox men harajuku fashion brands

tokyo thunderbox men harajuku fashion brands

This must have been a lot of fun to shoot (and very surreal for all involved).

tokyo thunderbox men harajuku fashion brands

tokyo thunderbox men harajuku fashion brands

tokyo thunderbox men harajuku fashion brands

tokyo thunderbox men harajuku fashion brands

Fantastic stuff by my standards and you can see the rest of the collection here including the original graphics.

I really feel that THUNDERBOX is starting to develop some of the cultural themes that he started to identify in his first collection (Read about it here if you missed it first time round).  Now I am just looking forward to seeing what he comes up with next and also how his current season performs now that it is hitting the shops.  Maybe I am just biased because the subject of this retrospection is what I was frantically consuming during my formative years, but this is a movement that you really need to keep your eye on.

tokyo thunderbox men harajuku fashion brands

 

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  1. [...] brand while trying to find out who was responsible for the great hats that have been used in the THUNDERBOX lookbooks.  To my delight it turned out that those, while still very good, were just the tip of [...]

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