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Scans: Punk Lolita

Design, Fashion, Inspiration, Japan

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Here’s a few scans from Kera and other Japanese fashion magazines via Get Into The Fashion (mostly).
Most of these pictures are not of “proper” Lolita, rather it’s a bit of Lolita, a bit of punk, and a bit of Japanese street style.
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Dark Desires by Bruno Dayan

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This is post continues from the last to feature more work from fashion photographer Bruno Dayan. These works are darker and are more blatantly erotic, but in all of them you can see Dayan’s skill as a photographer.

Click here for the first post, Beautiful Dreams by Bruno Dayan.

Or check out Dayan’s official website here.

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Beautiful Dreams by Bruno Dayan

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Bruno Dayan has an amazing portfolio, filled with professional work. This is some of the best fashion photography I’ve seen in a while, and Dayan plays confidently with light and shadow, adjusting his style to suit each shoot. These particular photo’s have the soft and dreamlike atmosphere which I associate with mori girl fashion.

Part two showcases some Dayan’s darker work.

Or check out Dayan’s official site here.

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Vogue: Alice in Wonderland

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Annie Leibovitz did this great Alice In Wonderland inspired spread for Vogue in December 2003. Russian Natalia Vodianova models as a very haute couture Alice in these simple and beautiful shots.  My favorite picture in the series is definitely the Mad Hatter’s tea party. Enjoy.

Via link.

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Extreme Cute: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s PONPONPON

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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (aka Carrie) is a self-made celebrity. She started as a blogger and has quickly rose to fame. She’s now released he first music video  for her début single “PONPONPON”.

The video is an ode to Harakujuku cute, and the quirky celebrity teamed up with  Sebastian Masuda, of the fashion brand 6% DOKIDOKI, to create this eye-popping video. The bright colors and overload of American kitsch are all hallmarks of Masuda’s brand of “extreme kawaii” and blend well with Kyary’s own style of cute with a side of bizarre. The song is also pretty good.

PONPONPON will be featured on Kyary’s debut mini-album “Moshi Moshi Harajuku” (“Hello Harajuku”), which is due to be released August 17, 2011. Till then you can enjoy this video.

Via Tokyo Fashion.

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Wildfox Couture: Marie Antoinette Photo Shoot

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I love the fun and decadence of this Marie Antoinette inspired photo shoot from Wildfox Couture.

Check out the full set here.

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Surreal Pinups: Vogue Patterns

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I adore this eye catching editorial “Vogue Patterns” from Vogue Italia, December 2007 by photographer Steven Meisel. The models featured are Lara Stone, Hanne-Gaby Odiele , Kinga, Marina and Magdalena.

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Japan Trends: Mori Girl

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Mori Girl (lit. “Forest Girl”)  is a new Japanese fashion trend which can be described as “rustic romantic”. It’s an offshoot of Lolita fashion that’s going in the opposite direction to Hime Gyaru. So what does this mean? Well while Hime Gyaru are obsessed with makeup, Mori Girls wear little or none and usually have short nails. They eschew big brands in favor of vintage finds and they’re obsessed with solitary pursuits like reading, baking, antiquing, photography, playing a musical instrument and taking long walks. If you’re still at a loss take a look at their fashion idols Honey & Clover’s Hagu and the beautiful Aoi Yuu.

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Punk Yukata from Tsukikageya

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I’ve discussed the kimono revival before, because I always get excited when I see traditional Japanese dress being interpreted in innovative ways. And this is exactly what designer Natsuki Shigeta has done with her brand Tsukikageya. Yukata are light cotton kimono’s usually worn at festivals during the summer months, so they can be worn more casually than  most kimono which are worn only at formal occasions. It’s this freedom that Tsukikageya designer Natcuki Shigeta has exploited, creating beautiful yukata crafted using traditional method but adorned with contemporary motifs. With designs ranging from animal print, ghosts and pouting lips, and accessories in bright pink, using swarovski crystals and real snake skin, you’re sure to stand out.

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Japan Trends: Hime Gyaru

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Hime Gyaru is a new look gaining popularity in Tokyo. Somewhere in between the fashions of Lolita and Gyaru, Hime Gyaru (literally Princess Girls) aim to look a bit like Barbie. The cynic in me can’t help but notice that it’s taken the worst of both looks and combined them: mixing the ridiculous hair and make-up  of the Gyaru with candy-pink and huge bows taken from Lolita fashion.

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