tokyochii and japandamanda

26 Jan

Just a note to readers–we currently have two writers on this site, tokyochii and japandamanda.

tokyoichii is a fledgling designer; japandamanda is an amateur fashion enthusiast. tokyoichii’s posts will focus more on inspiration from the creation side of fashion; japandamanda will focus on consumer/personal style posts.

Please check the bottom of the post for the author.

The “Skanky Ho-bag” look…don’t knock it till ya try it

25 Jan

Now I am going to go a little off topic and discuss my current favorite look–the “Skanky Ho-bag Look”. Why is this off-topic, you ask? Well, reader, because it is not a look that is popular in East Asia, and therefore is of little relevance to this blog. However, I totally dig it, so let’s discuss, shall we?

What is the “Skanky Ho-bag” look, you ask? It is ripped stockings, ripped pants, wearing t-shirts as dresses, showing your bra, streaky black make-up, and tall ho-boots. Somehow it should be so wrong, but somehow it is so…right.

Now who are our “Skanky Ho-bag” fashion icons? Today, I am nominating my favorite, Effy from Skins 3. I think her stylist is the SHIT. Unfortunately, I did not have the chance to grab some screenshots of her better outfits, but here is a general idea. That is some serious bling for a 16-year old (during filming) British chick. Check out her images below. I suppose it doesn’t hurt that the actress who plays Effy, Kaya Scodelario, is stunning and will be enormously famous some day.

In the future, I will do features on others who excel at the “Skanky Ho-bag Look”, like All Saints, Rumi from Fashion Toast, and Little J from Gossip Girl. It is part punk, part fuck you, part I don’t care (even though they do–takes time to dress like that!)– but somehow it is ultimately rock star and high fashion. Love it.

Musings on Japan

19 Jan

Ok. So I’ve just moved into a new apartment. And tonight, I saw one of the people I share the building with. There are 8 people altogether living under one apartment block, divided by one thin wall each in between us. I wonder if anyone knows who’s living next to them. It struck me today when I saw that guy walking up those hard wooden steps and entering one of the single units that I call home.  Such a solitary existence.
I think Tokyo is such a lonely city. There are so many people on this little island, yet Tokyo-ites are I think one of the most solitary beings in this world.  They travel to and from work, on the same train probably with the same people and not noticing a single one. Is it just me or does everyone in Tokyo have glass eyes? And by that I mean eyes that reflect away everyone apart from themselves.

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Maybe that’s one of the reasons why people in Tokyo can dress the way they do. It’s a rebellion against the way their own society is structured. A society based upon a retraction into themselves. Maybe that’s the only space they can own.

Shibuya Girls by Jukka Vuokko.

It’s so easy to be anonymous here. I’ve only lived here for 6 months, but I feel like I can be anyone I want to be. I can act and dress like any persona I wish to create that day. Who knows, maybe it’s the fact that I have no past here. No one knows me and it’s just like starting from zero.
But all you have to do is look around you.

Walk around Shibuya and see the girls with the fake hair and faces full of make up.  In any other country, they would be stalked and harassed like nobody’s business. On the streets of Tokyo this sight is so common no one blinks an eye, no one takes a second glance.

Coco Rosa and The Scarlet Room

18 Jan

Singaporean label The Scarlet Room makes awesome, inexpensive basics and jewelry that are awesome for layering and grunge/rock looks. I want want want the necklace below, I think it is only about $20USD. Unfortunately, the styling on their website leaves much to be desired, but blogger Cocorosa did them a favor and did justice to an amazing layer dress of theirs.

Tokyochii desu

17 Jan

Introducing myself.

I am an Aussie who graduated from fashion design in Melbourne and living in Tokyo in hopes of one day having the chance to make some sort of money from my designs. Something that I have realised in the past week is more common in Tokyo than I had thought. Amanda and I work together (English teaching, surprise surprise), which makes me think about all the creatives out there stuck in jobs they hate in the process of finding the one they want.

I think most gaikokujin or maybe only the ones I’ve met in Tokyo are here in pursuit of some kind of design or creative opportunity. This is really the place to do it in my opinion. There is so much freedom of expression, probably because no one really takes notice of each other here. It’s easy to turn a little Japanesey and start conforming in the only way the Japanese know how. To stand out.

Photo of Black Lolita fashion in Harajuku, TokyoJapanese Fashion - Maid Cosplay by Adrian.N.

Extra Skinny

13 Jan

I f*cking love this girl’s god damn style. She has evolved into an increasingly abstract stylist…and I LOVE IT!!!! She seems to be an Asian American living in CA, as many of the awesome fashion bloggies are. Behold!

Vintage and Used Clothing in Tokyo

12 Jan

The best place for vintage is, hands down, Kinji. Cheapest prices, most selection, well-edited. I also seem to find a ton of cheap Comme des Garcons there, roughly 30 or 40 bucks on average per piece. Kinji is located next to the Gap store at the top of Omote-sando (facing Harajuku), across from the Topshop/La Foret building, down down down the stairs. You can get a crepe at the top of the stairs on your way back up after splurging. ;-D

A second, pricier alternative is Koenji, a street filled with vintage stores in Western Tokyo, kind of near Shinjuku. Some stores are FANTASTIC (I bought a plaid wool poncho, which fulfills my Urban Red Riding Hood fantasies), but everything is 20-60 bucks. Even nasty, old tattered shit. BUT the likelihood of finding an awesome, one-of-a-kind thing, or a real vintage dress, or leather combat boots, is far more likely here. I am going to drop 100 bucks on some vintage equestrian boots next month (if they are still there), bc they were the only shoes in my size, of that quality, and at that price–in Tokyo.

At least at Kinji there are sales, so I bought a slip dress and a sweater there for 10 bucks, which at Koenji would put me back 30 bucks. Keep these things in mind, kids.

Btw, I am looking for three excitable fashion freaks who are located in these regions–a China expert, a Korea expert, and a Taiwan expert–to do posts on the fashion in their respectable countries. Just for fashion-a-holics. I am starting to expand this site…