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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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Delicate Illustration by Keeggy

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Keeggy is a Japanese illustrator with a distinctive soft and delicate style. Her doll-like characters almost seem to float through the dreamy and surreal images. Lolita and Mori Girl fashions show a definite influence in these works, not only in the clothing but in the complete aesthetic.

You can visit her official website 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.

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Nightmare Landscapes in Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Comics, Anime & Manga, Design, Inspiration, Japan

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Puella Magi Madoka Magica is an anime that’s revisited the genre of magical girl anime and taken it to a much darker place. This is reflected in the series distinctive art style; while the normal world is depicted in Shaft’s usual clean style, the girls have to enter nightmarish labyrinths to fight witches.

The trouble taken with the art direction really shows and  each labyrinth has its own distinct look and feel. Unexpected elements are combined and brought together in elaborate collage like images that are both beautiful and disturbing. Even things that should be cute or silly, like moustached cotton balls, become sinister in this environment. It’s sweet surreal eye candy.

 

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Comic Heroes and B-Movies: The Work of Boneface

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Boneface combines imagery from video games, comics and b-movies to create beautiful work with a bold, pop feel. He’s gotten a lot of attention  with his portraits of beat up superheroes, but his larger portfolio has a lot of other great works as well.

Check out his official website here.

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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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Beautiful Girls by Range Murata

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Range Murata is a Japanese illustrator known for the high level of detail and technical skill of his work. He’s also worked as a character designer and done conceptual work for various anime including Last Exile and Blue Submarine No. 6.

Check out his official site here.

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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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