こんにちは – Harajuku

This week our contestants take there style from the Far Far East.  Japanese fashion “HARAJUKU”.

Harajuku as it is now traces its roots to the end of World War II during the Allied occupation of Japan. U.S. soldiers and government civilians and their families lived in a nearby housing area called Washington Heights. It became an area where curious young people flocked to experience a different culture and stores in the area stocked goods marketed towards middle and upper class Japanese and Americans.

The term “Harajuku Girls” has been used by English-language media to describe teenagers dressed in any fashion style who are in the area of Harajuku. This fashion infuses multiple looks and styles to create a unique form of dress.

The cyber-punk look takes its influence from gothic fashion and incorporates neon and metallic colors.

Punk style in Harajuku is more of a fashion than a statement. Its fashion mainly consists of dark colors, and bright colors, plaid, chains, and zippers. Punk style is also one of the more gender-neutral fashions in Harajuku.Harajuku street style is promoted in Japanese and international publications such as Kera, Tune, Gothic & Lolita Bible and Fruits. Many prominent designers and fashion ideas have sprung from Harajuku and incorporated themselves into other fashions throughout the world.

This week the Harajuku  tops are…

Ngozi Faith MISS TOGO 2012 brings how unique style to this weeks theme.

Ngozi was inspired by the Punk Lolita and Gothic Lolita to create the look we see on the runway.

The entire look is centered on the monochrome stripped corset. The tattered skirt lends itself to the Punk Lolita style, and serves as a great juxtaposition with the corset. The fish net designed stockings and the headpieces are edgier traces of both Lolita styles.

NGozi’s look can be shopped at Magika, Jet Doll, Rotten Toe, Veneno, and Rock me Amadeus.

Marching to her own beat we have Slowly Bury MISS ZIMBABWE 2012

Slowly Bury was inspired by the Harajuku sub Genre of Fairy Kei. Perhaps little known, the Fairy Kei is a candy coated look with 80’s inspired themes and motifs such as My Little Pony, Care Bears, Poppies, Barbie, etc. The look can be almost kitschy.

The pastels in Slowly’s look are a major component in the Fairy Kei look. Her hair is reminiscent of the tail of a My Little Pony doll, and the touches of candy shaped jewelry cinch the Fairy Kei style.

Jaguar Constantine MISS ZAMBIA

Jaguar Constantine went for a dramatic Gothic Lolita look.

The Victorian style corset, bustling skirt, and adorable shoes are all pieces that contribute to the overall Gothic theme. The touches of soft pink aren’t a usual mainstay found in the Gothic Lolita style, but it is a very bold and daring choice nonetheless.

Jaguar’s look can be shopped at Rotten Toe, Maitreya, L’emporio, Violet Voltaire, BunnyStar Productions, Wasabi Pills, Noya, and Miamai.

Next week the contestants dive into the world of their assigned real world designer and pull a look that embodies the essence of the designed and there individual style.

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One Response to “こんにちは – Harajuku”

  1. Roe Woodford Says:

    Excellent Job this week! All of the ladies were awesome and you made the judges work hard 🙂

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