LADY GAGA JAPAN CLOTHING, PUNK ROCK LOLITA JAPANESE FASHION BRANDS. SINGAPORE GOTH INDUSTRIAL CLUBS & SHOPPING.
I think my new style direction is “not wearing clothes” — because it sure is humid in Tokyo right now!
In the basement of Laforet Harajuku department store, punk is not dead. The cat on the Sexy Dynamite London shirt is very similar to the Banana Fish one that I own (photos here). I’m still sad that Banana Fish, a whimsical clothing brand and one of my favorites, closed down earlier this year. I’ll always treasure my ghost dress (and I’m tempted to buy up all the BF items in secondhand store Closet Child…)
HellCatPunks has gone Gaga. There’s a Poker Face top with a lipstick kiss mark in the corner.
Lady Gaga is immensely popular in Japan. I hear her songs everywhere I go, and her recent concerts were a big hit. Too bad I’m missing the Vancouver ones that are happening now… (My dad offered to go and review the Lady Gaga show for me — “But it wouldn’t be as good as Simon and Garfunkel.” And I shudder to think of the pre-concert outfit post photos.)
h.NAOTO loves cats as much as yours truly. His Sixh collection has a stoned-looking black cat mascot, while the Hangry and Angry designs are based on two undead felines. (There’s currently a Hangry and Angry pop-up shop outside the Studio Alta building, in front of Shinjuku station east exit.)
Arrr, I heart these two coordinates…
Gothic meets cute at Black Peace Now. That’s the modus operandi in Harajuku!
Want more photos of Laforet Goth Punk Lolita stores? Delve into my extensive Tokyo shopping guide here.
I interviewed Saito Nagasaki, chairman of the Singapore Dark Alternative Movement, about Singapore’s Gothic fashion and nightcrawling scene for my new Global Gothic column for Lip Service. The cultural juxtaposition is fascinating, and I’m dying to attend the parties and visit Goth Lolita shop Black Alice. Come read my article here!
Which global Goth scene would you like me to cover next? I’m thinking Korea, Russia and Australia…
PS: Winners of the Dir en Grey contest tickets have been picked via random selection. Congrats to Yi Qiao, CeruleanThought, Darkviolette, Luluplur, and Stefania. I’ve sent you an email with details; have fun at the LA concert on Sept 8!
Japanese Word of the Day: Churitsu = Neutral
Song of the Day: Onmyouza – Kouga Ninpouchou (Heard one of the J-metal band’s songs playing at Closet Child Shinjuku and had a pang of longing for cruising around LA…)