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Pic of the Day: Kegadol Lolita

Comics, Anime & Manga, Fashion, Japan

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The Kegadol fetish has been around ever since Rei Ayanami managed to turn bandages in a fashion statement. Literally meaning “injured idol”, the Kegadol look features casts, eye-patches and surgical masks, often worn with ironic effect.

The image is by Mihara Mitsukaze from her work Alice Addict via Aethereality.

Nippon Vogue: Stranger in a Strange Land

Fashion, Japan, Photography, Traditional Japan

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These intriguing images are from the Nippon Vogue article “Stranger in a Strange Land” published October 2008. Although the concept is simple enough, the juxtapositioning of French and Italian couture against traditional kimonos reveals unexpected similarities.

The effect is to make contemporary fashion strange, with the body it idealizes as just as artificial and standardised as a geisha’s mask. The images are also hauntingly beautiful, a paradox which points to the essence of what fashion is: artifice.

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Pic of the Day: Farewell Alexander McQueen

Design, Fashion, Pic of the Day

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I only learned rather late about the death of Alexander McQueen. While I’ve never been particularly interested in his work, preferring street fashion to couture, I do remember being mesmerized by this image when I first saw it. Even now, years later, my reaction hasn’t changed: it’s beautiful but grotesque. It’s the kind of thing I love, the mixing of cultures with a personal aesthetic. Farewell Alexander McQueen.

Image via PSFK.

I favor street fashion over couture

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder: The Art of Lolo Veleko

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Nontsikelelo “Lolo” Veleko is an acclaimed fine art photographer known for her depiction of South African street style. Her work strongly resembles Shoichi Aoki’s Fruits .

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Takuya Angel & The Kimono Rivival

Fashion, Japan, Traditional Japan

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These beautiful images are from Takuya Angel, a relatively small fashion brand with a devoted fan following. Takuya Angel is unusual in that it combines elements of traditional Japanese and contemporary clothing. Pieces are adapted for a modern lifestyle using bright colors and unexpected materials like polyester, velvet and fur. Takuya Angel has also been influenced anime and manga, inspired by a fresh depiction of the past seen in series like Samurai Champloo.

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Pic of the Day: Harajuku Lovers

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The subject of Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku Lover’s is one that deserves a full rant, but I’m not really able to make up my mind about it at present. For now at least enjoy this sugary sweet image from her ad campaign.

Scans: Retro Kimono & Hairstyles

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These retro-inspired kimono are a throwback to the large bold prints popular during the Taisho era from 1912-1925. Unfortunately I can’t remember where I got these from, but I did get that link from the Immortal Geisha Forums – always a great resource for anything related to kimonos.

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Pic of the Day: Sweet Lolita

Fashion, Japan, Pic of the Day

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Featured Designer: Simone Legno of Tokidoki

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I love Japanese Pop Art. But I love it even more when other people also get excited about Japan, and start reinterpreting the country’s rich visual heritage into their own personal vision. This is exactly how designer Simone Legno began Tokidoki, creating a whimsical and happy world with a sophisticated and sexy edge.

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Decor by Kimono Designer Jotaro Saito

Design, Fashion, Japan, Traditional Japan

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I love Jotaro Saito’s kimonos; his work has the restrained, classic style of traditional Japan, while stillĀ  being modern and fresh. But when I saw his interior design I was even more impressed. All the hallmarks of his kimono design are there: dark colours, luscious pattern and texture, a perfect mixture of old and new.

Here’s a link to his official website.

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