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Jpop Fruits fashion: street style magazine modeling in Tokyo. Nakano Broadway neighborhood.

bunny ear hoodie, liz lisa dress, alice in wonderland outfit

Guess what — I’ll be in Asia again soon! Can you guess which city? It may not be where you expect… but I promise, there will be lots of cute, poppy street style reports.

I’m already getting into the spirit, as you can tell from the bunny ears. Here are more photos from my Adone Magazine cover shoot in Tokyo a few months ago.

pastel pink hair, pastel hairstyle

I had a great time posing in game centers and anime shops. This geeky neighborhood is Nakano Broadway (do you remember the monster-dancing video Yukiro and I made about it?)

liz lisa my melody dress, gyaru dress, 中野ブロードウェイ

Huge hugs for my Tokyo-based team: photographer Said Karlsson and Hair by Kukukachoo.

They were wonderful to work with; full of creative ideas and energy. The shoot went by fast because we were laughing the entire time! If you’re looking for a professional photographer and hairstylist in Tokyo, I hope you’ll give them a ring (they speak English and Japanese). Take a look at Said’s site to see more of his images and contact info.

shinto gates, torii, mandarake nakano

Are these Shinto torii gates? Nope, this is the entrance to Mandarake, the famous Nakano manga and toy store.

rabbit mural, rainbow graffiti japan

Near the subway tracks, there’s a long mural filled with cute colorful art, such as this bunny. Since I look a bit like Alice in Wonderland, I thought it would be appropriate to chase him.

pink hair extensions, pastel goth hairstyle

I love the pop-rainbow Fruits Magazine feeling of this district. Kukuachoo made these hair extension flowers entirely by hand!

japanese ramen shop, peace now shoes

My pirate creeper shoes and bunny-eared hoodie are by Peace Now, the Japanese alt-Goth brand that is sadly no more.

long white shearling coat, last tango in paris coat

We found a mysterious door, leading to a secret garden.

anime makeup, japanese doll eyes

What lies inside? I’ll never tell…

nakano streets, tokyo street signs

I can’t resist jumping shots. The street filled with signs made the perfect backdrop. When the sun begins to set, the “golden hour” for photography begins.

tokyo model, fruits fashion magazine

My outfit details:
White lace sleeveless dress: Liz Lisa, the gyaru brand
Black booties: Michael Kors
White long coat: Camden Market London.

glowing lanterns, japanese night photography

Me and my lantern. Nothing beats night-time photography in Japan.

bokeh, tokyo night photography

This long, white fuzzy coat is among my favorite wardrobe items. It reminds me of the iconic one worn in the film, Last Tango in Paris.

asian street signs, tokyo fashion snaps

My hair color and personal style are constantly changing… but there’s always some kawaii, underground and J-pop influence in there. You can see my evolution over the years in these photos.

japanese pop star fashion, makeup, hair color

More images from this photoshoot are posted here. What do you think of my pink hair? I only had it like this for a short while because the color washed out quickly..

And where in Asia do you think I will be next? Leave a comment with your best guess!

Ladies of Steampunk magazine cover! Modeling in Japan: two horns hairstyle, leather octopus corset.

ladies of steampunk magazine, steam girl model, japanese model

I’ve adored Steampunk for years, and have exciting news to share. Today, the latest issue of Ladies of Steampunk Magazine is out, with devil-haired Carmina on the cover!

steampunk tokyo japan, steampunk fashion designer

The magazine does a wonderful job of capturing this unique subculture and its fashion. In a six-page feature, they interviewed me about the colorful Japan Steampunk scene, including the groundbreaking party Steam Garden. You can get a digital or print copy here, and see more on their Facebook.

dracula clothing, octopus corset

Can you tell I had fun shooting these photos in Nakano? I worked with the same team that did my Adone Magazine shots: photograher Said Karlsson and hairstylist Kukukachoo.

steampunk skirt, brass clockwork necklace, modeling

Octopus corset: gifted by Dracula Clothing (remember when I visited their steampunk-Victorian showroom in Prague?)
Skull and crossbones necklace: gifted by Ghostlove
Long lace skirt: gifted by Corset Chick

rainbow hair extensions, steam-punk hair style

We enjoyed putting a Japan-anime twist on traditional Steampunk style. Do you like my two-horned hair?

dracula clothing, japanese steampunk, tokyo model

My blue and purple hair extensions are the masterwork of Lulu Kukukachoo, Tokyo-based stylist. She used an ingenious method to create the cone shapes, then twisted and pinned these acrylic hues into place. She’s available for everything from avantgarde styling to basic haircuts, via Hair by Kukukachoo.

steampunk designer, model, lacarmina

It was fun to look for Victorian-esque backdrops around Nakano. This curving gate was a great find.

victorian long skirt, lace black asymmetrical skirt

As was the wooden front of a Japanese restaurant.

steampunk dress, leather corset top

Brown, beige and black graffiti. I like how my hair flips up at the ends.

japanese woodcut, nakano japan

Photographer Said is wonderful to work with; he’s easygoing and has a great feel for shots and lighting. He also runs Tokyo Faces, a street fashion photo-blog with daily photos.

rainbow hair extensions, pink blue hair, steam-punk hair

In my Q&A, I talk about the emerging scene in Japan, led by my friends Kenny Creation and Luke Chaos, who organized the party Steam Garden. Soon, I’ll post photos from their most recent event, which shows the spectrum of steam-punk fashion in Japan (including Lolita versions).

steampunk victorian, clothing, couture

Want to see and learn more? Pick up a copy of the magazine. Thanks to Ladies of Steampunk for the grand honor.

steampunk couture, fashion, clothes, steam-punk

Do you like how I added inspiration from Harajuku style tribes into this outfit? How do you like Steampunk culture and clothing?