Crazy fashion: Derelict Fashion in Japan’s Urban Streets

by ebazaar 16 September 2009 No Comment

If a single Japanese man from, let say the Tokugawa era, were to travel through time into the future, he would probably shocked with horror look on his face to see what modern Japan has to offer, especially in terms of fashion. Japan can be named as one of the main trendsetters of fashion in the world. If you’re looking for a little weirdness, freakiness with much creativity, I suggest for you to go look for Japanese youngsters in the subway and along the streets of Harajuku, Shinjuku or Shibuya.

Sometimes, there are even groups and troops of them wearing attires of some sort of like a theme or something. Gothic Lolita, excessive cuteness and even trash or derelict fashion, like the one shown below. This picture was submitted by a friend of mine who went to Japan some time ago. It was quite a scene to be standing there with that kind of fashion among those guys with suits and casual attires. Very interesting indeed.

Japanese street fashion

Japanese street fashion. - (Pic credited to Azlin Rahim)

The guy’s fashion reminds me heavily of a scene from the movie ‘Zoolander’ starred Ben Stiller, in which he starred as top male model who’s fame was going down the drain and trying to revoke his popularity to the extend of even letting himself got all humiliated up by wearing derelict fashions. Maybe this guy was a fan of the show, who knows. Even derelict spells individuality right?

I’d say there’s more than what meets the eye. It may be derelict and trashy but I guess they are just expressing themselves as an individual and in their own way. Freedom of fashion a.k.a the freedom to speak? Indirectly, you might say that. The world might just have to accept that Japanese youth culture is on par with the images and styles brought through television shows, anime, or even porn. But one thing for sure, you won’t be catching two people wearing the same thing by coincidence when strolling along these urban streets.




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