Writer’s Take on Shibuya Spring/Summer Fashion 2016

Note: This is a stricly personal contribution. Anything stated here stems from the writer’s point of view and her personal tastes, but do feel free to share your opinion on this season as well!

 

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2 happy ‘d.i.a.’ shop staff girls

Part 1: https://geekslifeluxembourg.com/2016/04/06/part-1-shibuya-springsummer-2016-fashion-trends/

Part 2: https://geekslifeluxembourg.com/2016/05/10/part-2-shibuya-springsummer-2016-fashion-trends/

 

Although I’m not one to follow many trends for the sake of it, there’s a lot of inspiration to pick from this season’s styling. The silhouettes are interesting, there seems to be a lot more going on with sleeves and tops in general cut-wise (though I do miss creative prints this season). The wide pants and flowing bottoms get a thumbs-up from me as well, kind of breaking of a bit with the skinny-pants-always trend going on around here.

My biggest pet peeve is still the lack of colour choices. While tropical colours like blue and orange as accents seem to be a thing for most brands, the huge presence of white could bring up interesting results with a wider palette to pick from. That’s one thing I’ve been missing on most shop staff and coordinate pics, but of course these are just trends aka points Japanese fashion is currently focussing on for this season. And these points are just ideas you CAN, but don’t have to go for. I personally still support everyone trying and finding out what works for him/her.;)

This leads to another point: the monopolization of the once colourful Shibuya fashion. The dominating trends are interesting, but unfortunately they seem very standardized with the brands and shop staff I’ve seen so far (not talking about the magazines, the problems there have already been highlighted on numerous sites that discuss Japanese street fashion). Several brands have completely revamped their style (me jane, d.i.a.) to cather to the bigger crowds in Shibuya right now.

Meaning the Onee Gals, LA casual (not sure how to call them, think ENVYM and GYDA style) and Otona Kawaii girls. But at the same time they’ve kind of lost their identity. Rienda and Resexxy, ironically Onee-Gyaru-brands, have been doing well by changing things up without completely revamping what they’ve been doing before. It’s sad because there doesn’t seem to be any Rock-style brand going strong at the moment although there would be creative ways to incorporate the current loose-casual/ethnic trends!

 

What do you think? Do you miss the more colourful 90s/2000 Japanese street fashions or are you going with the newer looks?

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Kotohime

Geeks Life writer & editor who likes Japanese street fashion, Touhou music and Love Live. Also a cosplayer under the name NozoMinaj and part of the cosplay unit Navigators.

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