Occassionaly, I’m asked by my friends how I study Japanese. Now, I’m nowhere near fluent. However, I can easily understand simple sentences. It definitely comes in handy when I’m on the prowl for the latest trends in Japan. Click the link below to find out more.
Recently there’s been talk among the gyaru I follow about racism in the gaijin gyaru community. Such as people stating that black girls cannot be gyaru. It all started with the weekly gyaru secrets post on livejournal. I remember gyaru secrets, it was suppose to be the gyaru equivalent to lolita secrets. Back then it was a place for gyaru to talk about stuff they couldn’t within the community or with their friends and family. The topics varied from recovering from eating disorder to having a crush on your close gal pal.
I saw the moderators change due to lack of interest, and for the most part it was harmless. I’d check it from time to time, and there were things I disagreed with, some that I agreed with. However some way along the line, the moderator allowed for posting to be more aggressive and attacking when it came to gaijin gyaru. That’s when things went downhill.
Popteen July 2013, June 2013 and May 2013
And the magazine of the week is, Popteen! ‘Japanese magazine of the week’ or JMofW, is where I will feature one Japanese magazine a week as the name states. for the chosen magazine, you will find: basic information, who the popular models of the magazine are, the style and even scans from the latest issue. It’s my way of spreading Japanese fashion to the masses.
When I first got interested in gyaru back in ‘06, it was all research. Besides Egg, Popteen was my book. I loved to dig through the various sites to catch glimpses of Tsubasa Masuwaka rocking the latest style at the time. Over the years, people have said it’s no longer gyaru. But I disagree, it’s just a different form of gyaru, maybe leaning more towards mainstream. But they regularly talk about gyaru fashion within its pages.
Last time we looked at the Fairy-kei subculture. However, in keeping with the spirit of Harajuku fashion, we will be looking at Dolly-kei.
Dolly-kei is a Japanese fashion style, similar to fairy-kei, is inspired by the preceding eras. In this case, the Victorian era. It draws inspiration from antique dolls and clothing; and the old fashion of eastern Europe. According to Tokyo Fashion, the used clothes are a mixture of bohemian, gypsy, eastern European costumes and fairy tales. The style has ties to the Cult Party Kei and Mori Girl fashion as well. There is a lot less focus on the brands so it’s not surprising that there’s not many brand stores that cater to this style alone.
arajuku is seen as the focal point of Japanese fashion to many people in and outside of Japan. In fact many foreign designers take inspiration from what they on the streets of Harajuku. Recently there are two styles that are booming, ‘Fairy-kei’ and ‘Dolly-kei’. ‘Kei’ is Japanese for style, so in essence, its fairy style and dolly style. With my articles on the two styles, I hope to show how they differ and even common trends between the two styles. Today we’ll be focusing on Fairy-kei .
Fairy-kei is a style that we can say plays on our nostalgia today. It heavily takes inspiration from American pop culture of the 80s and early 90s. One of the other defining factors of fairy-kei is the array of colors. The colors usually stay on the side of pastels and bright fluorescents. It is a very colourful and whimsical style of dress with very poppy-cute elements. Just looking at it could give you a cavity. According to the fairykei community on livejournal: “This fashion is pretty open to interpretation so long as one sticks to the color scheme of pastels and neons, as well as creating that unicorn-inspired 80s fairy feeling. It can easily be combined with other fashions such as lolita or decora.”