last week and part of this week we covered the punk and goth stores I visited to soothe my dark little heart but the other half of me is covered in frosting and dusted in glitter so we also visited some super cute, frilly modern Lolita style stores. There were so many so I narrowed it down to three of my faves.
First up is Ank Rouge. Ank Rouge was located in Shibuya 109 but have several locations in Tokyo. Ank Rouge was founded by Japan imagination Co. Ltd. in 2010. Their style can be described as frilly and girly streetwear. They are much more casual but retain a modern Lolita esque vibe. I was over the moon in love with their designs but alas they were not plus size friendly so I could only drool and longingly ogle all the pretty designs..Thier prices range from $39-120.
The next stop on our punk leg of the tour was a Brand extremely hard to find; Algonquins. I only saw this Brand in Kern magazine and instantly fell in love with their dark cute and rock and roll aesthetic but couldn’t find much information on the origins or even who the designers are behind the Brand! Needless to say I was very happy to come across the tiny store in La Floret mall in Harajuku. The prices are mid ranging from $60-120 and I was super excited to participate in their “lottery” for $5 in which the shop girl placed my 500 yen coin into a candy machine and turned the dial..a plastic container containing a number popped out and I won….a 2 pc Algonquins button set! Yay! I bought a bag, top and long fuzzy black cardigan as they were having a sale! You can only shop from them in Japan so be sure to stop by La Floret if your ever in Tokyo!
I was over the moon with joy that I was able to shop brands I used to buy from the now defunct brick and mortar store Tokyo Rebel in Nyc ( they now have an online store only) and Otaku mode website. It was such a privilege to get super lost in the rainy cold looking for my favorite punk/goth brands which are off the beaten path. Sex Pot Revenge is located down a tiny side alley on Harajuku and took me several trips back to Harajuku to find it.
Sex Pot Revenge was founded in 2000 by Takashi Eto and can be described as punk, goth and alternative with creepy cute thrown in. The Brand features oversized skirts, dresses and tees that are covered in graphics and gothic lettering and words and is unisex as well. They also make accessories and outerwear. They often make one of kind pieces they hand stud, rip and dye. I am happy to say you can buy the Brand at www.tokyorebel.com and cdjapan.jp and they ship internationally! Prices range from $35-120.
We are back from our awe inspiring week long trip to Tokyo, Japan! Tokyo was a fashion blogger’s dream come true! Harajuku had such cute little boutiques, and adorable giggling school girls in their cute little uniforms! Shibuya crossing reminded me so much of my hometown New York City’s Time Square; except a little more people ( shocking as that is). I enjoyed the small malls with even tinier stores; namely La Floret and Shibuya 109. We will cover six brands we love and some we just discovered so I hope you enjoy!
First up is Korean Brand a Kol Me Baby that is based in Tokyo. I stumbled upon their store in Shibuya 109 while looking for plus sized brand Punyas and was mesmerized by their colorful and cool designed shop! Their brand can be described as colorful urban/streetwear with a punk twist. They have oversized sweatshirts, checkerboard backpacks, fanny packs and duffle bags; hoodies with metal rings and giant tags hanging off to name a few of their pieces.Though the brand is described as being a girls Brand I can easily see men wearing the designs as well. Prices are $20-$70. I wanted everything I saw and I am sad to say they don’t ship internationally so if you are ever in Tokyo check them out.
The frist day of spring was nothing like we predicted with a massive snow storm. So how do we incorporate all the spring fashion we bought in lew of sweaters, these past sales?
Here are some early spring outfits you can use to beat the cold and still look hot!!
Layer like you mean it
Mixing prints are instantly cool!! Plus you can create interesting looks with any material. Some standout pieces are floral trenchcoats and belted vests (the fur vest in your closet works as well.
Add a bralette
From pleather to sweater, layering a bralette over a shirt seems an nod to the material girl. We also love the nod to future beach days.
Okay, guys! Henleys, windbreakers, anoraks, jackets and all sorts of outerwear can be layered for a cool guy vibe. Unzip the layers to show an array of colors!
Next week, Eva will take us back to Japan!
We can not believe how french style had so greatly influenced the city once famous for risky outfits and bold color mixes.
One store stood out in particular, Maison de Fleur, french for “House of Flower”. Every girl had a satin bag from the brand.
The brand is strictly bags and keychains and there seems no need to expand. My sister and fellow blogger picked up the cutest lace detailed satin pouch for just 3500 yen (c $28).
More on our trip to Tokyo next week!!
It had been too long since we wrote a post! A week in a country a whole day ahead does that! Yep, we were in Japan for a week and now that we finally shook off the jet lag, lets talk fashion across the way. We spent most of our time in Shibuya and Hirajuku, both known for fashion, alternative and laid back.
What we found we really sad Lolitas, decoras and fairy Keis wondering down Hirajuku’s fame takeshita street shops now full with more goth wear and oddly, french inspired accessories. Furry coats and berets were everywhere.
s street style dead on Tokyo? No but like US, Japan’s middle class is also disappearing and the cost of lolita and other alternative fashion is just too high. So we were not surprised to see H&M, Zara and Forever21 nestled in Shibuya across from Shibuya109 (iconic mall).
More info about Tokyo fashion to come.
Happy hump day!
I was in awe of the fact that recent parson graduates can put together a show for NYFW but the fashion fell flat. It wasn’t the atmosphere which was full of energy nor the clothes that were well made; it was the lack of voice…There was just no rhyme nor reason to the clothes that came down the runway.
So what did we expect…
JyX an east asian man meets a Southern Calfornian, Curuso..there was an expectation of bright patterns, bold colors and sexy silhouettes.
What we got…
A mix of classic ballgown, street wear, shock value and tossed in some unconventional male looks. The show had a schizophrenic feel, that was hard to look away (yes we stayed for the whole thing).
What we took away…
Street wear for men and women. The bright sweatshirts and button down shirts were a glimpse into the future of the brand. Check our Facebook page for the full set of images and our YouTube for the blog roll.
When an Italian brand decided to showcase his first ever unisex collection in NYFW; I add to request an invite. The moment we heard the designer had Moroccan inspiration we expected gold hues, bright colors and bold ideas. Our wishes were answered.
The moment the show started basic male staples like blazers and buttoned down shirts were treated with bold patterns of paisleys, stripes and gold embroidery.
Ties were treated with contrasting colors and interesting patterns like a collection of pool balls. Other interesting looks were the pant skirts which we loved so much we are saving it for our Instagram page. Check out the full video roll on our YouTube page and the total looks on our Facebook page.
In the land of faux fur where designers have promised to retire real fur products; one man deared to bring real fur to the runway with his debut NYFW show. Romeo Hunte fused ski resort wear with traditional sportswear with a show so unique, they was a line to get in.
An bigger shocker was the real fur that graced the runway which was also unisex with men and women in similar legging-ish pants and enormous fur coats (not jackets, coats).
The colored plaid was a unique touch with unconventional hues from green to orange. Plaid jackets got a remix with large sleeves and zipper accents.
Purple leather Jackets!! I am in love with the yellow fur jacket as well in rabbit. We also saw subtle fur trim on leather for a double wow factor.
The men wore the same pleather (or maybe leather?) slim fits as the women and were also draped in fur! Most of the plaid looks for women can also go for men!!