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Thursday, February 9, 2017

I've already mentioned my love of Japanese aesthetic in terms of voluminous structure, but these are really great showcases of how it can really be stunning (and yet wearable) in real life.  One of my favorite captured streetstyle looks from my trip to Korea also featured such drama.  

Here are some from Droptokyo:

Name: Kurumi | くるみ
Occupation: Free Model
Tops: HELK
Shoes: Cry.
Accessory: Used
How elegant is this woman?  It takes skilled tailoring to achieve volume like this without looking heavy.

Name: Daiki | ダイキ
Occupation: Hair Stylist (OOO YY)
Jacket: Used
Sweater: UNIQLO
Bottoms: Used
Shoes: VANS
Something as simple as unexpected bagginess (while everything remains crisp) really adds attitude.

Name: SEN | セン
Occupation: Model
Jacket: LOEWE
Shirt: LOEWE
Pants: LOEWE
Shoes: LOEWE

I'm not sure if this counts as volume or just relaxed, but Sen Mitsuji is just good looking so I'll just leave this here anyway ;)

Name: Yuka | ユカ
Occupation: Office Worker
Tops: H&M
Pants: Bershka
Shoes: Balenciaga
Belt: Polo Ralph Lauren
Whether she works in a creative field or this is her off-day, this is an incredibly bold look!  Definitely not the typical OL-san.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Sometimes the classics are the most striking.  Love how these looks all have a modern twist - whether it's in length, combination, hair and makeup, accessories, or cut - that definitely keep them from being anything but boring.

Name: Shuhei Uesugi | 上杉柊平
Occupation: Actor (KEN-ON)

This blazer coat hits at such an interesting place.  Since the rest of his outfit is completely white it really highlights the sharpness of his outerwear.

Name: Ruka | る鹿
Occupation: Model
Jacket: ROSE BUD
Shoes: Dr.Martens
Styling is so important.  Neckline buttoned up all the way, matching red in the lips and nails = on point.

Name: Ken Morita
Occupation: Model (BARK in STYLe)
Sweater: UNIQLO
Denim pants: A.P.C. 
Rings and earrings are super subtle.  Love the cozy grandpa knit and suave hair.  Hipster style, Tokyo version?

Name: RUKO | るうこ
Occupation: Model
Tops: Acne Studios
Skirt: IRENE
Bag: Bottega Veneta
Shoes: Bottega Veneta
So many ways things can be reinvented.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Japanese fashion's influence on minimalism is monumental.  I absolutely love voluminous structure inspired by traditional shapes, and the classic combination of varying shades of navy and khaki reminiscent of indigo dye and bamboo.  The simpler some things appear, the more studied and perfected the lines actually are.

Droptokyo features all sorts of streetstyle, and I love how they give you facts such as occupation, so that you can imagine how each person incorporates their style into their normal lives.  It surprises me some of the unique major designer items people own, but they are always incorporated in a subtle, personalized style all their own, and mixed with low, and even second-hand pieces.

Here are some of my favorites in the muted theme:

Name: Saki Shibata | 柴田 紗希
Occupation: Model
Jacket: Yves Sain Laurent
Bottoms: Used
Bottoms: flower
Shoes: Used
No rules for petites.  Anyone can rock a dramatic hemline.

Name: Rintarou Asari | 浅利琳太郎
Outer: MUJI
Tops: Used
Bottoms: AOKI
Bag: Christopher Nemeth
That white scarf really pops despite the restrained, introverted air.

Name: Suzumi | スズミ
Tops: Used
Bottoms: MUJI
Hat: Used
Love her use of texture to break up the black, and make her French chic look not at all cliché.

Name: Sho Ono | 小野 匠
Occupation: Actor
Jacket: YANTOR
Glasses: Chistian Roth
Hair Salon: vicca
The hues of this look are so rich when combined in layers.  See how large yet streamlined the shape is.
Name: RYUTARO | リュウタロウ
Occupation: Hair stylist (OOO YY)
Jacket: NuGgETS
Setup: yotsuba
Casket: Yohji Yamamoto
A cute, mori ("forest") look.

Monday, January 16, 2017

The fashionista in me is cringing at all these proposed bridesmaid dresses...  Who would want to wear an office dress made out of shiny taffeta?  Why do the rest look like soggy caveman chiffon?  Did they really need to add a puffy flower there?  Is this really how I want preserved in someone's photo album forever?

Friday, December 23, 2016

"Fashion fades, style is eternal." - Yves Saint Laurent

All the sorts of people were there today to view the Yves Saint Laurent exhibit at the SAM.  YSL has always had a dichotomous image in my head of being either very elegant and proper or very daring and pushing the envelope.  Like with any sort of art though, anybody can appreciate the creativity and craftsmanship and history of such a designer, whether or not it's their personal aesthetic.

These were some of my favorite pieces, although there were many more risque, elaborate, fantastical works that YSL was known for.  I loved all the mod styles with sleek cuts that just barely frame the figure.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

I never thought I'd say this, but sometimes regular shopping is much more exhausting than thrifting.

The difficult part about retail is that you have to wade through everything - each piece which catches the eye, and could theoretically be a good buy to some degree - and discern what you actually like and what you're actually being tricked into liking.  It's harder to pinpoint what pieces are actually special.  After a few stores you start recognizing the same trends and wonder whether you should've bought it from this place instead of that one, whether it really makes a difference that this brand put an extra ruffle here.  When they don't carry your size, you try to convince yourself that either you can squeeze into the smaller one or make it work with the bigger one.  And of course, there's the eternal struggle of "Do I really like it thi$ much"?

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Article by Connie Wang

And here’s something that’s worth bringing up: Cultural appropriation has made it so a blonde, white woman who doesn't know her chopsticks from her hair accessories will always look “cute” in a cheongsam, and an Asian woman will look like she’s dressed in a costume. That was definitely how things were in the ‘90s, and is often the case today. But, to my surprise, I’ve also found hopeful signs that we are moving in a new, more informed direction. These days, when I encounter non-Asian people wearing Asian trends, oftentimes they’re from trips they took to abroad. They know the origins of these garments and are interested to learn more. I’m biased, but I’ve always found that these clothes are objectively beautiful, too; the silhouettes are striking, and the patterns hit that mix between eclectic and elegant that I’ve always been drawn to. I'm willing to share, but to do that, I need to have ownership of these trends, too. They’re rooted in a history that feels real and tangible to me. In my mind, Woodstock will always evoke technicolor snapshots from Lifemagazine; Audrey Hepburn’s LBD will always conjure scenes from the movie — those are my adopted cultural story. But a jade earring is my mother and my grandmother and my aunts and my cousin; it comes from the same place I do, and it's part of the narrative I was born into.


But seriously though, I thought I was the only one who felt shame about emphasizing that I was Asian.  Going through the racks in the thrift store to see beautiful qipaos discarded and then picked up as Halloween costumes or "boho" styles...  And worse, knowing that different traditional fashions are "cooler" than others.  I hope I'll have the guts one day to don my culture one day.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Taken at Handmade, La Conner in La Conner, WA, an adorable little beauty product and gift shop.  You can see in the second photo their kitchen-like workshop where they concoct all their products.  My paparazzi skills are a little rusty, sorry for the blurriness...

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