Tuesday, July 6, 2010

FRUiTS (Part One)



Lately I have kind of become obsessed with Harajuku street fashion - made famous by the book FRUiTS.

If you love fashion, I don't need to explain the Japanese style (or the reason for my obsession) any further. But in case you aren't familiar with it, I'll go into a little detail.

The style became popular in 1997, after photographer Shoichi Aoki noticed a new trend in fashion among young people in Harajuku. Young people were mixing traditional Japanese clothing with Western designs, even punk clothing. It became known as "Harajuku Free Style."

Since the trend began in the mid-nineties, the street style has expanded to cover many sub-genres, like punk, Decorer, Gothic Lolita or just kawaii.

The look has gained a cult status all over the world.

The style is fun, wild, and original. It gives you the freedom to be as crazy as you want, which I highly approve of. Plus, it is fashion at its most creative. These kids are not merely fashionistas, but artists.













What do you think of this style?

56 comments:

Jade "Purple" Brown said...

i love all the crazy color,patterns, and textures!!

jadepurplebrown.blogspot.com

JUST ME said...

Love it. It's so goddamn crazy...like 50 closets just exploded all over them.

I'd never wear it but I cheer on anyone who does.

Laura Tenshi said...

You know how much I love Japanese street fashion, but Harajuku might be a little extreme for my taste. Hm...it's definitely unique and it made Japanese fashion famous, so, I think it's a great style.
You might have heard about this website called Style Arena http://www.style-arena.jp/index_e.htm
Here you can see many interesting outfits weekly.

Closet Fashionista said...

I think it is so fun and awesome! But its definitely not for me ;)
http://aclosetfashionista.blogspot.com/

Sydnie said...

I've always adored the Harajuku style. I think it's so colorful and wonderful, and it really showcases how unique the individual is. Not to mention it photographs wonderfully! By the way, you're very welcome about the award. :) And I'm glad to hear your reaction about winning my giveaway! I'm so jealous ... that handbag was one of my very favorite items that I've ever given away!

Sydnie
www.takemeouttotherunway.blogspot.com

Jonna said...

Love it! So colourful, fun and creative. x

Robin said...

I love how fun and creative it is. I'm a sucker for bright colors! Sometimes I don't get what they're going for, but I always like to look at pictures.

Couture Carrie said...

Really fun!

Loving the patterns!

xoxox,
CC

MarchMusings said...

How do they come up with those combinations? That's true creativity

Cheryl: Oh to Be a Muse said...

this look is so different. i admire their courage for sure!

http://cherylclarke.blogspot.com

Taj Acosta said...

Crazy colors! Love it! xoxo

Braffinator said...

I love this style, so original and cool! I wanna go to Japan, now.

Tamara Nicole said...

Crazy fun colors! Not sure if I'd rock the whoel outfits, but I lvoe the long sock look:-)

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Julie (ROJ) said...

I like some of it...but really like other styles I think sometimes people take it too far or they just can't pull it off.

Lynzy said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving all of your wonderful comments darlin!

xo Lynzy
http://fromskirtstoskillets.blogspot.com

Zoƫ said...

I love it ...so colourful, youthful and fun!! I never get bored looking at Japanese street fashion photos :)

Josie said...

I'm so jealous of their creativity and boldness!
xo Josie
http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

Mina said...

I love this style. It's one of the many reasons I wanna go to Japan, so I can see where this fashion trend started. Love this post! :)

Liz, love. said...

I love fruits lol. The gothic lolita book is really fun as well.


xoxo,
http://glittermixedwithrockndroll.blogspot.com/

Heather Taylor said...

It gets a little too colorful and cutesy for my taste sometimes, but I love the Lolita looks and how happy everyone looks in their outfits.

The Owl's Closet said...

thanks for the background on harajuku fashion:) i agree, these kids are definitely artists! i'm definitely a fan, but i don't think im brave enough to wear it out. though, i would love to visit the area one day. thanks again for dropping by my blog. so sorry i've been away from the blogosphere. hope u enjoyed the 4th, as well!

TheOwlsCloset.blogspot.com

FashionJazz said...

I love all the colours! Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog : ) Have a awesome day xxx

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Undeniably fun (though not something I'd wear, I like looking!)

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

Comical, colourful, different, fun.
Patterns and textures shouting rather than whispering. Enjoy the day, my lovely!;-)

Sherin said...

I've always loved this style. The kids who pull it off are definitely very creative. I'm pretty sure that I would never be able to pull this look off though.

Queen D said...

japan has a unique fashion style..
from harajuku to lolyta..
like it..so inspire
what a great post!!

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visit my site :D

THE SECRET LIFE OF "D"

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Gladys Fashioncancer said...

Fun, daring, bold. Love them all.

Gladys Fashioncancer said...

Btw, added you in my blogroll. :)

Vintage Vixen said...

Great fun! I do love an outrageous dresser. Not really my style but pretty damned fabulous none-the-less!

anhesty said...

its adorable! i love it. when i went to tokyo, i went to harajuku and wanted to stay there forever!

Audrey Allure said...

I think it's a bit too crazy for me haha. I'm glad they're bold enough to wear it out but this style definitely wouldn't be for me lol.

Cafe Fashionista said...

I would never wear it myself; however, I think it's adorable. The use of color is phenomenal!! :)

COCAMIA said...

I love looking through Japanese magazines for inspiration. These kids are such trend setters! Love it!

Nadalyn Margaret said...

they always look so cool! i wish i could pull something like this off.

Amy said...

Harajuku street fashion is so fun to look at. I wish sometimes I could pull off something so crazy, but I would just look like a clown. LOL

Adorable pictures!

xoxo
Amy

lauren lanza osias said...

i adore japanese street fashion. it's a hot damn mess, but of the greatest caliber. it's so creative and well thought out! crazy and fabulous.

http://laurenlanzaosias.blogspot.com
don't feed the models. part 2.

Savvy Gal said...

it is not for me but i feel inspired to be more adventurous every time i come back from Japan. : )

Micaela said...

I love the creazy style of your blog, I like it.
So, I follow u
Kiss

www.majormusthaves.com said...

Interestingand colorful...

Becca said...

I'm always so inspired by japanese fashion magazines, the girls are so much more stylish!!

Nina said...

Don't you think that the Japanese are so ingenious about fashion?!

Noble Beeyotch said...

I love the boldness of harajuku and the complete disregard for the norms or trends!

xoxo.
Call Me Stylista

Fashion Cappuccino said...

They're so cool! I really admire their daring attitude to experiment with fashion and be creative!! Love the last girl's outfit!! xoxooxoo

SheWearSheShares said...

Frutis is actually one of my fave magazines to look through when I want to be blown away and it really puts me into perspective. I could always use a tip from them, even if it's a minor detail from a look.

Imogen said...

I didn't know much about this style before so I'm very pleased that you have informed me. I love the colours, creativity and patterns and the freedom to mix whatever you want together in a way that looks good. I'm thinking how cool it would be if more people dressed like that, the world would feel and so look so much happier. Thank you so much for your email. I will reply tomorrow. I appreciate it so much, you really helped me and we have even more in common than I thought.

Keith said...

Those are so ultra cool. I love them. I hope you've had a great week. I certainly have. Thanks for your comment on my Eva Mendes post. I appreciate it. Enjoy the upcoming weekend.

Abi-Anne said...

Its creative, individualistic, and allows you to have a tonne of fun with your wardrobe. However, I personally don't think I can pull it off.

Thanks for stopping by me. Do come by more often ;)

http://stylebouquet.blogspot.com/

My Republic of Fashion said...

I love street fashion and these are great pics. really unique!SarahD:)

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

So unique and fun! :)

Missy M said...

i aodre this style! wish i was brave enough to try it x

Missy
Blending Style, Beauty and Fashion
http://thefashionfusion.blogspot.com

Teresa said...

Tokyo street fashion is so much fun!

♥ Teresa ♥

Bionica said...

I think Harajuku is so fun!!!!!!!
love it
=)

-Bionica

Melanie's Randomness said...

Ya know what, I give them credit for doing whatever they want!! I like it alot!! =)

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gleenn said...

you girls are looking very cute. I find this Harajuku street fashion challenging and I doubt if I could ever pull them up. :)

marina said...

crazy pics!!!
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xx