Story and Photos by Kathleen Gasperini and Tom Wallace The flurry of fashion trade shows in Las Vegas from February 12-15, 2012 bring with them a diverse angle of what’s taking shape in fashion from a wide spectrum of genres particularly in the United States. While we mostly concentrate on youth culture influences, including streetwear, […]
MAGIC, S.L.A.T.E., Street, Workroom, Project, Pool, (capsule)—Label Networks’ Review of America’s Largest Fashion Trade Show Scene and Where Trends Are Headed
Scream for the Truth Campaign by Japanese Rock Band Dir En Grey about High Radiation Levels Brings Massive Attention to the Ongoing Problem
As a follow-up to their very candid remarks on the true state of affairs in Japan, this concept takes this to the next level with a billboard in Times Square.
Retail Round-up: A Bathing Ape Sells to China’s I.T for a Relatively Low $2.8 Million; Top Teen Retailers Halt Monthly Same Store Sales Reports; Tommy Hilfiger Launches Pop-up Prep World and Tour; Gap Shake-up
Evolution of retail landscape continues with interesting acquisitions, financial reporting. and new collections hoping to match economic changes in youth culture markets.
Turning Japanese: Kirsten Dunst X McG X Takashi Murakami Video Akihabara Majokko Princess Causes Major Stir in Japanese Youth Culture and Blogs
Playing the role of a majokko or magic girl dressed in Akihabara-esque sailor-maid caf%uFFFD outfit, Kirsten and the video itself typify Japanese street fashion and culture, but angers others.
Comme des Garcons’ SHIRT Collection for Fall-Winter 2010 Reveals Another Round of Plaid Mixed with Prep
Often used as inspiration among many streetwear designers, what happens at this show is a good indication of what to expect in this subculture come Fall.
Uniqlo Achieves Unprecedented Success with Net Income Increase of 57.2%
There’s a reason we keep writing about Japan-based fast-fashion retailer Uniqlo. While other retailers are dropping like flies, Uniqlo proves their strategies are on the money.
Hot Accessories from 2009 Illustrate Youth Culture’s Favorite Adornment-From Intriguingly Cool to Utilitarian to Funny
What we humans choose to accessorize with says a lot about individual creativity and trends, especially at a time when accessories have come to “represent” fashion, rescuing style when money is tight. Here’s our street report recap from %uFFFD09.
Back-to-School Gothic-Lolita-Not Just for Harajuku Girls Anymore
Back-to-school fashion meets with a heavy influence of Goth, Loli, Fairey Kei, J-Rock, Anime this year as J-Pop has officially invaded. (Alice in Wonderland Loli.) Street report on top brands, styles, accessories.
Sand Castles and QR Technology Experiment on Japanese Beach Continues Evolution of Mobile Phone Tagging and MCommerce Potential
The future of retail, ads, personal identification, rely on QR technology coming from Japan. Latest experiments at a beach take things one step further.
Success of Largest Anime Expo Illustrates Importance and Influence of Anime, Manga on Youth Culture in Entertainment, Fashion, Accessories, and Lifestyles
Character fashion crosses over into the real-world while fans of one of the fastest growing forms of entertainment take trends to the next level. Let’s just say there’s no recession here.