FAIRY KEI TOKYO STREET FASHION: 80S PASTELS, POLKA DOTS, HOT PINK.
Fairy Kei: yea or nay? Yay, I say; it currently ranks as one of my favorite Tokyo street tribes. I’m not entirely sure why the fashion is called Fairy, but when you enter one of the clothing shops, you feel like you’ve been hit over the head by Tinkerbell’s wand…
…and transported to an 80s pop pastel pastiche. I abandoned my Barbie dolls and hot pink accessories in the early 90s, but I do like the faded pink/yellow/green hair shades.
Polka dots and ice cream cones, Nikki Corvette and Jem & the Holograms.
Style Tribe writes that Fairy-kei was pioneered by Sebastian Masudea, who opened 6% Doki Doki and Spank. (More on these stores tomorrow.) His themes are “sensational and lovely”, “not only cute but also happy” and “feeling of unreality”.
Are you a fan of Fairy-kei? For me, there’s a nostalgic factor; I used to wear hot pink slip-ons and socks with little colored balls!
Song of the Day #54: Hard and Dirty – Modulate (The video shows DJ Taiki’s Black Veil New Years countdown in Osaka.)