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Friday September 24, 2010

Kika

harajuku, tokyo
SUMMER 2010, girls
Kjeld Duits

STUDENT, 21

Style: Dolly Kei

Hat – Meno (shop)
Stole – Alick’s
Dress (top) – N/A
Skirt – N/A- N/A
Bag – N/A
Shoes – Wash

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Dress (top) – N/A – JPY 6,000 | Skirt – N/A- N/A

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Hat – Meno (shop) – JPY 6,000 | Hair – (friend) – JPY 0

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Stole – Alick’s – JPY 4,000 | Necklace – Jouer avec moi? – JPY 16,000

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Bag – N/A – JPY 10,000

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Accessories – N/A – N/A

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Shoes – Wash – JPY 10,000

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Phone – AU W52SH – N/A

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Kjeld Duits About the Photographer

Inspired by the stunningly creative street fashion that exploded on the streets of Tokyo and Osaka in the late 1990’s, photo-journalist Kjeld Duits launched JAPANESE STREETS in 2002. This makes JS one of the first fashion blogs on the net, and the very first to cover Japanese street fashion.

Recent photos by Kjeld Duits:

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Comment (日本語もOK)

Oh my gosh. She is BEAUTIFUL! I love her hair, and especially her hat! I wish more people would wear those hats where I live. They are much more readily available in antique stores for MUCH cheaper (I’m assuming, anyway). Tokyo right now never ceases to amaze me.

Lactose Intoler-Art
Sep 24, 2010 (2377 days ago)

This oufit is so friggin cool. I love everthing is so vintage. I love the patterns on the bag and I like the hat

Dominique
Sep 24, 2010 (2377 days ago)

@Lactose Intoler-Art & Dominique: Kika has coordinated everything beautifully, don’t you think? And that fabulous hat just crowns it all.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Sep 24, 2010 (2377 days ago)

So intricately detailed! She really does look like a porcelain doll. I love how you have her framed in the greenery with that busy pole; it looks like she just sprang forth from the leaves!

2046
Sep 24, 2010 (2377 days ago)

@2046: Thanks. Her clothes really needed something natural or in period style, I felt. Finding something from before the war in this section of Tokyo is pretty nigh impossible, so I went for the green.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Sep 24, 2010 (2377 days ago)

I love that vintage hats are all the rage right now! Everything from confederate, flapper and 40’s/50’s cocktail hour are back.
@ Lactose Int: It’s true, the hats in the states are much cheaper. The prices here are outrageous sometimes >< For a fashion die hard it’d be worth taking a vacation to the states :D

Sierra
Sep 24, 2010 (2377 days ago)

@Sierra: HI THERE! Long time no speak. I didn’t realize prices were that different. Because the yen is so strong at the moment?

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Sep 24, 2010 (2377 days ago)

Long time no see Kjeld! Actually the yen/dollar diff. doesn’t have much to do with it. Antiques and vintage wear in general are much cheaper in the states. I suppose it’s the fact that most of the vintage wear in Japan is from the states (thus an import) and there is also a market willing to pay for it. The states also has goodwill, salvation army and garage sales where finding a cool piece at a bargain is easy.

Sierra
Sep 24, 2010 (2377 days ago)

@Sierra: That cheap in the States? I remember from long ago that antique clothing in Europe used to be a bit on the expensive side, too. Maybe things have changed.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Sep 24, 2010 (2377 days ago)

Well I am from the midwest(where most Japanese buyers come to get their vintage clothes), and although vintage is in demand now, the prices are still extremely reasonable. In places like NYC there are speciality shops catering to vintage dresses etc which are very pricey, but if you don’t mind digging around a little the local charity goodwill or small consignment shops you’ll sometimes hit gold :D

Sierra Sroka
Sep 24, 2010 (2376 days ago)

@Sierra: Interesting. I must admit that on trips overseas I rarely, if ever, found anything I really liked at goodwill and the salvation army. While at Japanese used clothing stores I always see lots I like. Probably, some of the higher prices than can also be the result of the strict selection (from every so many items only a few can actually be put on display and sold in Japan). Especially as in the wholesale market much of the used clothing is actually sold by weight I have been told.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Sep 24, 2010 (2376 days ago)

Hi Kjeld.

I was stopping by and of course checked the Dolly silhouettes. I’ve been surprised by the necklace “jouer avec moi” then understood it was the short necklace. If people are wondering about the pendant (poison bottle), it is by Reinette et Mirabelle and cost between 15 000 up to 22 000 yens and can be found at Grimoire. I’m planning to buy one or some of their earings (a uge rhino shape one). These bottles are filled with butterflies (real ones!) and I even saw what I though was tiny rodent bones.

Valerie Fujita
Sep 24, 2010 (2376 days ago)

@Valerie: Thanks for the additional info!

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Sep 24, 2010 (2376 days ago)

Her whole look is beautiful! I just want everything she’s wearing! xD

Alice
Sep 24, 2010 (2376 days ago)

Ooh I love her watch, looks like a mini Big Ben clock :D

Anya
Sep 24, 2010 (2376 days ago)

thisis awesome!:)

Fashion Blog
Sep 24, 2010 (2376 days ago)

Brilliant! She is beautiful. Her outfit wonderfully put together. It’s like every piece of the outfit are jigsaw pieces and they’re meant to be together. And I must confess, the hat is to die for. :3

Mel
Sep 25, 2010 (2376 days ago)

yeh her eyes just make the whole outfit magic…luv Japanese style!!

FioneStar
Sep 26, 2010 (2375 days ago)

@Sierra and Kjeld-Yea, I agree with Sierra! Most of the stuff here is much cheaper. I think its mostly because of demand though. Like Sierra said, in places like the big cities in New York/LA, places where really unique vintage is more sellable, the prices will definitely be higher. But you have to realize that in general, at least where I live, young “cool” girls wouldn’t be caught dead wearing a hat like that where they wanted to be seen as “cool.”

Actually, I’ve never found anything THAT old at Salvation army or Goodwill (not that it couldn’t happen), but you can definitely find it at flea markets or MAYBE garage sales for WAY less than 6000 yen…I’m thinking even antique shops that have them (and most people from here that buy them put them on display, they don’t actually wear them out..or maybe for costume) they might be like 2000 or 30000 yen tops, I think.

I have a lot of good locations where I see stuff that I know is MUCH higher in Harajuku, and relevant to the street fashion kids that NOBODY here even wears. I can get it for CHEAP too, but I don’t know anything about shipping to Japan or how to locate a buyer. Would love to do that though, because I’m always going thrifting/flea marketing/etc..Because that’s how I get MY street fashion look. Haha.

And as far as some parts being from Grimoire, I wouldn’t be suprised if almost all of it came from there!!

Lactose Intoler-Art
Sep 28, 2010 (2373 days ago)

@Lactose Intoler-Art: Interesting account. thanks!

Incidentally, you could sell through Yahoo Auction Japan and ship through the post office. You’d probably need a Japanese “partner” to open an account, and of course you’d need to describe everything in kanji. I know that some of the people we shoot, purchase through Yahoo Auction. I have no idea which category you should used for used clothing, though.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Sep 28, 2010 (2373 days ago)

Once again, the colors are INCREDIBLE! Lately I’ve been noticing that with Japanese fashion, even if the outfits are more outrageous than what an American would wear, the outfits have WAAAAY better color palettes! They know how to do color =)
And her eye makeup is so cool! Love it!

Etsune
Oct 1, 2010 (2370 days ago)

What a interesting style! Fabrics, colors, textures, all it’s pretty!

Animeche
Oct 10, 2010 (2361 days ago)

I love looking at these photos, because I am in the process of re-inventing my style. I want to look more unique and be an inspiration to others who were feeling stagnant the way I feel. What I love most about Japanese fashion is that you could wear absolutely anything and somehow, it works. Kika’s outfit here features my personal favorite color—red. It’s a tricky color, though. Her entire ensemble is fantastic, and gives me lots of great ideas. I love the bottle necklace, and instead of buying one, I design and make lots of my own jewelry so I think I will make one of my own. Right now, I love Dolly-kei and Mori girl fashions, because they feel more like me, and I’m slowly evolving my style in that direction. Anyways, thank you for your lovely photographs! Lots of good material here!

code_name_kohaku
Oct 14, 2010 (2356 days ago)

@code_name_kohaku: Thanks. Kika’s style is great for inspiration, I think. Although Dolly Kei has already been around for a few years it is still unknown to most, and has a lot of growth and evolution left in it.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Oct 14, 2010 (2356 days ago)

Love this look!

Nadine Kenific
Oct 23, 2010 (2348 days ago)

wow, this look reminds me of a witch, especially the shoes. beautiful!

romy
Oct 26, 2010 (2344 days ago)

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