Juicy FRUITS: Notes from Tokyo
The kids in the Tokyo fashion district are colorful and very character driven. Their fantasy alter egos are at the forefront. They are costumed like comic book creations. They are taking joy in their fashion. I love it! Let’s infuse ourselves with it!
You have to let yourself be a little crazy. Baby-step in: get yourself some colorful hair ties for little girls. Scoop your hair up into two high, sloppy looped ponytails and insert some fake flowers. Or better yet, scoop your hair into THREE high ponytails clustered close together, pin the hair around in a mess of colorful pins, add to that some more fake flowers (H&M usually has some) and wear some plastic earrings in a rainbow of color. Wear bright and shining lip-gloss with it. If you have short hair, wear three or four colorful clips on one side, holding your angled bangs close to your ear. You could also go to Hot Topic at your local mall and buy some colorful clip-in extensions and wear the above-mentioned styles. They are about $5… a fun investment for your new Tokyo-inspired Spring look.
Gwen Stefani (one of my muses) came out with her L.A.M.B. solo album in the same time frame that I discovered the book FRUITS. Fruits is a compilation photo book of Harajuku street fashion. The Harajuku street fashion scene heavily inspired L.A.M.B., as is and was Gwen’s LAMB fashion designs.
The images I’ve compiled illustrate how one creative endeavor can spawn another: from the streets of Tokyo, to the shores of Gwen, to the colored hair-ties I just bought for my hair. Put something colorful into your hair, your makeup, or your wardrobe.
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Check it out!