Style 101: Harajuku Fashion

Harajuku seems to be an informal catwalk for teens to showcase their style in their free time. Walking down the street of Harajuku you would feel like you have travel back to the 1900 century then send off to the candy land. Harajuku has to offer different style from Gothic, Punk to Lolita. After very little effort of research and the eye witness of Harajuku, this is what Harajuku Style!  

Ganguro (meaning "Black Face"') is an alternative fashion trend of blonde or orange hair and very tanned skin among young Japanese girls that peaked in popularity around the year 2000. Clothing wise Ganguro girls wear brightly coloured clothes, lots of rings, necklaces and bracelets. Ganguro girls also wear white lipstick and eye shadow.

(I just saw the new music video of Lady Gaga and reminded me of this style. Doesnt the girl on the right looks abit like Gaga?)


 Visual Kei is refers to a movement among Japanese rock (j-rock) musicians and is characterized by the use of elaborate costumes, eccentric looks, striking hair and makeup.

(Versailles is one of the most popular J-Rock band in Tokyo. Looks a bit like Victorian Goth mixed with Emo Hair)

  Under the catagory of Lolita Style you would find three type of lolita. Gothic lolita: Clothing colors are often blues, reds and blacks. Very similar to Victorian mourning garb, only with shorter skirts. Sweet lolita: Light pastle colors and florals, lots of lace, and more childlike. Classic lolita: Shorter versions of clothing that looks like it is from the French and English country side during the 1900s. Less lacey and more mature looking.

(Gwen Stefani was the one who introduced Harajuku Style to the world. Her style is Classic Lolita mixed with Decora).

Decora: also known as "Decoration" is a japanese style adopted mainly by young japanese girls. Decora consists of bright colors and hair clips with bows. They often has colorful hair too. Lots of layering and colorful accessories are used in Decora. The accessories include plastic and furry toys and jewelry, which stick together and make noise as the wearer moves.


(Decora girls on the street of Harajuku)

(Remind me a bit of scene style. Audrey Kitching is one of the most popular Scene Queen in the world)

Underneath Decora style, you would find a style call Fairy Kei. The name does explain it self. Fairy-kei seems to be a relatively new Japanese street style based on the colors and motifs of the 80s and early 90s. Childrens' cartoon characters such as My Little Pony, Care bears and Polly Pocket play a large role.

(Fairy Kei fashion of Japan)

(Katy Perry seem like she digs Fairy Kei fashion)

Oshare Kei: It Has A Mix Of Decora And Visual Kei Style, thrown In To Make It Unique. Oshare Kei has a cool look but also cute. Similar to how Korean Pop (K-pop) artist dressed.

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11.03.2011 kl.12:27

Wow, så mye kult! Og så utrolig kjedelig vi kler oss her i Norge... Vel, ikke dere da, men oss vanlige dødelige :P

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