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CNN INTERNATIONAL & CNNGO TV SHOW: TOKYO GOTH FASHION DESIGNER KENZO-A, TAKUYA ANGEL HARAJUKU SHOP.


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I write for CNNGo (all my articles are here), so when the CNN site launched a TV show, they asked me to be part of the Tokyo episode. And I got to choose the topic! I immediately suggested that we interview my friend Kenzo-A, designer of Goth clothing brands Rituals. To my delight, I got the thumb’s up. Here’s what I wore to the shoot…

Little cake hat: gifted from Agent Lover. So cute, and easy to attach. Remember when my fat cat tried to eat it?
Fake eyelashes: from a Japanese dollar store. I split one in half for the lower lids.
Eyeshadow: “The real gold” gifted from Sugarpill, swept over grey and light blue shadows gifted from Aromaleigh.
Lips: Purple eye pencil to outline, followed by purple lipstick from Daiso (dollar store).
Stickers around the eyes: from Daiso.

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Gothic Lolita dress: Innocent World, from Closet Child Harajuku.
Long, sheer overcoat: Ozz Croce, from Closet Child Shinjuku.
Orb-print tights: Vivienne Westwood, from Marui Womens Shinjuku.
Swashbuckler boots: Alice and the Pirates, from Closet Child Harajuku.
Coffin backpack: h.NAOTO, from Closet Child Ikebukuro.

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It was a bi-polar day… rain-sun-freezing-sweltering. Kenzo-A arrived on his motorcycle and met the CNN crew at the entrance of Takeshita Doori.

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(With story producer Alex.) Whenever there’s a TV camera around, passersby will stop and gawk as if there’s a bloody accident. While we were preparing, dozens of people gathered around and took photos. Even the Japanese schoolgirls insisted on posing with me, V-fingers held high!

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Kenzo-A and I strolled and chatted about Harajuku street style. He told me about coming here as a teen and being inspired by the Goth/punk clothes worn by youths. The district is much more commercial today (think Forever21 and H&M) but Yellow House and Takenoko are two old-school indie stores that are still standing.

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Kenza-A began his career designing t-shirts for Sexy Dynamite London. The boutique was located near Takuya Angel’s shop, and they became fast friends. Kenzo-A suggested that we visit him; unfortunately, he was away, but we showed CNN around the store and tried on Takuya’s cyber-meets-samurai designs.

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Kenzo-A hit the nail on the head when he said: “We’re a village people. The Gothic/alternative subculture here is small, and we should all support each other.” I agree wholeheartedly: there’s cattiness in every scene, but in the end, everyone benefits if we share the limelight and help each other out…

The Tokyo episode of the CNNGo TV show aired on CNN International last week, and is now online. Our segment is about halfway in the video above. Unfortunately, they cut out Kenzo-A’s fashion show but I’ll have photos and video of that coming right up, don’t you worry! Check out his Rituals site to see his latest clothing collection.

Did you enjoy the CNN TV show? Have you seen Kenzo’s designs or met him?

Japanese Word of the Day: Itareritsukuseri = graciousness, politesse
Song of the Day: Yoko Nagayama – You’re My Love (1980s Japanese Italo Disco! My heart, my heart.)

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72 Comments

  1. Posted June 15, 2010 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    I love Kenzo’s designs! One of these days I shall go to Japan just to buy his clothes.

    • Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

      And go to the parties… you’ll find him there!

  2. Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    yes! went to his NYE party last year. friend of friends. : )

    • Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

      Ohh really? Where was the NYE party, in Tokyo?

  3. Posted June 15, 2010 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    I love Kenzo's designs! One of these days I shall go to Japan just to buy his clothes.

  4. Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    yes! went to his NYE party last year. friend of friends. : )

  5. Posted June 15, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    Your AATP boots are my most coveted loli item :o Cake hat is making me jealous also. Great video, look forward to seeing more pics.

    • Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

      Thank you! Hahah they’re one of my current favorite items right now too

  6. Posted June 15, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    Now that’s one fashionable guy!

    • Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

      You bet! Have you seen his Rituals fashion line?

  7. Posted June 15, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    Kenzo-A’s quote is spot on. I’m tired of punks and skinheads and goths and metalheads and hippies and people from other “alt” scenes fighting each other. Get over it. in the end, we’re all the same.

    • Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

      Right on, right on!

  8. Posted June 15, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    Your AATP boots are my most coveted loli item :o Cake hat is making me jealous also. Great video, look forward to seeing more pics.

  9. Posted June 15, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    Tokyo looks damn cool! too bad about the international brands invading harajuku. >:l

    • Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

      Harajuku is still vibrant and full of treasures. It’s one of the best places in the world to buy Goth Punk clothing.

  10. Posted June 15, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    Now that's one fashionable guy!

  11. Posted June 15, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    Kenzo-A's quote is spot on. I'm tired of punks and skinheads and goths and metalheads and hippies and people from other “alt” scenes fighting each other. Get over it. in the end, we're all the same.

  12. Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    oh i see where youre at, that costume store is wild, but nothing you can wear on a day to day basis, lol

    • Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

      Hahh not if if your name is Yukiro!

  13. Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    I <3 those boots lady!!! one of my fave outfits ever btw.

    • Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

      Thanks! They’re comfortable to walk in too. I was amazed when I saw them in Closet Child… got them for a great deal.

  14. Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    i love Takuya! I met him 2 years ago the first time i went to Tokyo to study. I always stop at his store when I am in Harajuku. I can spend hours in his store! i love his style. Expensive, but great! I bought a few pieces. At least you met his wife Akiko. She is very sweet!

    i love Kenzo-a’s designs too.

    I hope you get to meet him next time you are in Tokyo!

    • Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

      Yeahh they’re so sweet! <3

  15. Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    <3 <3 luv it………s0ooo kiutttttttt……….. <3 <3

  16. Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    It’s perfect on you pretty lady!!

  17. Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

    oh….so cute bag…..beautifullll

    • Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

      It’s my new favorite bag… I’ve been looking for a backpack, and I’ve never seen a soft coffin bag…

  18. Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    yei!! i was so bored infront of the tv when i saw you..i’m in colombia btw and you two … hugs!

    • Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

      That’s awesome that you saw it on TV! Hugs!

  19. Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    Lisha Wright

    I still adore that hat, & yes it was SO cute when basil tried 2 eat it. lol
    & I LUV ur dress & bag SO much! <3
    that CNN video turned out brilliant, the band at the end listen 2 alotta the same stuff as me & they sounded great, I'm gonna have 2 check them out…

    • Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

      There’s no hiding that he’s a fat cat.. sigh!
      Thanks, I love the band too!

  20. Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    I really like the combination of clothes, make-up and accessories you choose! :) they really suit you ^.^

  21. Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    very cool. luve the hat

  22. Posted June 15, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    wow :) keep up the good work :))

  23. Posted June 15, 2010 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

    awesome outfit. I bet people are emailing CNN asking who you are and wherevthey can get your clothes. :-)

  24. Posted June 15, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    Tokyo looks damn cool! too bad about the international brands invading harajuku. >:l

  25. Posted June 16, 2010 at 12:12 am | Permalink

    That’s too cool. You got to hang out w/ Kenzo-A and went to Takuya Angel’s shope ;D
    LOVE the coffin purse btw ;D

    • Posted June 16, 2010 at 12:13 am | Permalink

      Aw thanks! I was looking for a backpack for a while, and found this for about $20… ^___^

  26. Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    oh i see where youre at, that costume store is wild, but nothing you can wear on a day to day basis, lol

  27. Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    I <3 those boots lady!!! one of my fave outfits ever btw.

  28. Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    i love Takuya! I met him 2 years ago the first time i went to Tokyo to study. I always stop at his store when I am in Harajuku. I can spend hours in his store! i love his style. Expensive, but great! I bought a few pieces. At least you met his wife Akiko. She is very sweet!

    i love Kenzo-a's designs too.

    I hope you get to meet him next time you are in Tokyo!

  29. Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    <3 <3 luv it………s0ooo kiutttttttt……….. <3 <3

  30. Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    It's perfect on you pretty lady!!

  31. Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

    oh….so cute bag…..beautifullll

  32. Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    yei!! i was so bored infront of the tv when i saw you..i'm in colombia btw and you two … hugs!

  33. Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    Lisha Wright

    I still adore that hat, & yes it was SO cute when basil tried 2 eat it. lol
    & I LUV ur dress & bag SO much! <3
    that CNN video turned out brilliant, the band at the end listen 2 alotta the same stuff as me & they sounded great, I'm gonna have 2 check them out…

  34. Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    There's no hiding that he's a fat cat.. sigh!
    Thanks, I love the band too!

  35. Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    That's awesome that you saw it on TV! Hugs!

  36. Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    It's my new favorite bag… I've been looking for a backpack, and I've never seen a soft coffin bag…

  37. Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

    Mwahh thank you!

  38. Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

    Yeahh they're so sweet! <3

  39. Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

    Thanks! They're comfortable to walk in too. I was amazed when I saw them in Closet Child… got them for a great deal.

  40. Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

    Hahh not if if your name is Yukiro!

  41. Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

    Harajuku is still vibrant and full of treasures. It's one of the best places in the world to buy Goth Punk clothing.

  42. Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

    Right on, right on!

  43. Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

    You bet! Have you seen his Rituals fashion line?

  44. Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

    Thank you! Hahah they're one of my current favorite items right now too

  45. Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    Ohh really? Where was the NYE party, in Tokyo?

  46. Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    And go to the parties… you'll find him there!

  47. Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    I really like the combination of clothes, make-up and accessories you choose! :) they really suit you ^.^

  48. Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    very cool. luve the hat

  49. Posted June 15, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    wow :) keep up the good work :))

  50. Posted June 15, 2010 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

    awesome outfit. I bet people are emailing CNN asking who you are and wherevthey can get your clothes. :-)

  51. Posted June 16, 2010 at 12:12 am | Permalink

    That's too cool. You got to hang out w/ Kenzo-A and went to Takuya Angel's shope ;D
    LOVE the coffin purse btw ;D

  52. Posted June 16, 2010 at 12:13 am | Permalink

    Aw thanks! I was looking for a backpack for a while, and found this for about $20… ^___^

  53. Posted June 17, 2010 at 6:56 am | Permalink

    So cool and stylish too.

  54. Posted June 17, 2010 at 6:56 am | Permalink

    So cool and stylish too.

  55. Posted June 17, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    <3 Thanks!

  56. Posted June 23, 2010 at 5:01 am | Permalink

    you look gorgeous! i love the eyelashes and the hat cake. your makeup is impeccable.

  57. Posted June 23, 2010 at 5:01 am | Permalink

    you look gorgeous! i love the eyelashes and the hat cake. your makeup is impeccable.

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