DESIGN FESTA - Tokyo's Fest for Creativity - DAY 1

May 18 2014: DESIGN FESTA boasts it’s Asia’s largest art event. We believe them…

kawai iwatsugu(Ujisairinndou): 掲載、有難う御座います。 綺麗に撮影して頂いて嬉しいです。
Kjeld Duits: @Myz: Glad I was able to inspire you, Myz. If you contact Makoto Nagaoka through his site, I am sure he will ship you any of his shoes you would like to purchase.
Myz: Oh my God there are so many beautiful and inspiring artworks!!! oOo I would pay any amount of money for those Dwarf shoes and as always I adored alll the outfits! Especially the girl in the school girl outfit, leather bunny ears and gas mask.


I Love Tokyo Style Part 2 of 2

May 05 2014: Part 2 of over 50 photos of non-Japanese showing off their Japanese fashion styles

NeuNeu: My typo was from a texting feature on my Samsung galaxy. It filled in the word while I was typing “Japan”!
Kjeld Duits: @NeuNeu: Thank you for your kind words about JAPANESE STREETS. Although Lolita is inspired by Victorian clothes, as you also mention, it is not the same thing. Just look at how high skirts are cut, often above the knee; the patterns; prints; colors; accessories such as rings that look like sweets. No Victorian lady could have even imagined such a look. The same is true for other Japanese styles. They have acquired a very specific Japanese esthetic in the way that items, colors, textures and accessories are used and combined that differs sufficiently to be considered different or new. This esthetic also expresses itself in aspects such as design, cut, layering. Often, almost every single item that many of the Japanese people I photograph wear was originally made abroad and bought in used clothing stores in Japan, yet the way they have been styled is thoroughly Japanese and clearly recognizable as such. Additionally, some of the styles on these two pages are Western interpretations of Japanese fashion styles, so they once again acquire a Western esthetic layered on the Japanese one. Tais Mallouk’s look is an example of this. Most Japanese women would have covered those bare shoulders with a blouse, sweater, cardigan or T-shirt. There are over 40,000 photos on JAPANESE STREETS, but there is not a single one displaying that much of the upper body. A good metaphor would be Japanese food. Ramen, Japanese Curry and Okonomiyaki are considered Japanese, yet each one was originally inspired by a foreign dish. That however, doesn’t make them any less Japanese. Another example would be blue jeans. Neither the material nor pants themselves originated in the US. Even the words jeans and denim originate from Europe. Yet the garment as we know it today obviously embodies American esthetics and culture, and was popularized by American cultural icons such as James Dean in the 1950s.
Kjeld Duits: @shokopyon: I am sure we will do this again, shokopyon. Please follow our Facebook or Twitter pages, so you will know in time when we do!


I Love Tokyo Style Part 1 of 2

May 05 2014: Part 1 of over 50 photos of non-Japanese showing off their Japanese fashion styles

terciopelo: It makes me happy to see people from all around the world (and even one from my country) who dress however they want no matter where they live!
Mathilde Severinsen: I really liked Clar Panganiban from the Philippines, maybe it’s because of my love for Rilakkuma x)
Kjeld Duits: @Ninon: Thank you, Ninon. Glad you like this project. It was actually inspired by one of our fans! @Anpan: Looking forward to that, Anpan. I’m pretty sure we will do this again. ^^


Tokyo Fashion College Students Show Their Colors 3 of 3

May 02 2014: Bunka Fashion College students dressed in orange and blue today in its annual Bunka DRESS CODE event

Kjeld Duits: @BOw-E-Bow: On March 11, 2011, there was a Magnitude 9 quake followed by a tsunami which caused over 18,000 deaths and a crisis at a nuclear power plant in Fukushima. Wikipedia has information about the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.
BOw-E-Bow: Can I asked what happened in 2011?
Kjeld Duits: @Zjonni: As far as I know they are not a musical duo. But I shot them last year as well, and they are comfortable with both each other and me. See their photos during Bunka DRESSCODE 2013.


Tokyo Fashion College Students Show Their Colors 2 of 3

May 02 2014: Bunka Fashion College students dressed in orange and blue today in its annual Bunka DRESS CODE event


Tokyo Fashion College Students Show Their Colors 1 of 3

May 02 2014: Bunka Fashion College students dressed in orange and blue today in its annual Bunka DRESS CODE event

Kjeld Duits: @Zjonni: That’s Shoshipoi. I have two full shoots with him that I still need to upload. He’s very cool.
Zjonni: So many beautiful styles i would wear any day! The guy in the 12th pic from the bottom was my absolute favorite in this photo set! :)


Tokyo's Rainbow Week Kicks Off

Apr 28 2014: Tokyo’s LGBT Community once again took to the street today…

Kjeld Duits: @Ellie: The situation ids very positive and hopeful at the moments. Great things are happening, and some large changes are in the offing. They happen slowly and very gradually, though. But like a glacier, they won’t turn back.
Ellie: Oooh, so much love and fantastic outfits and positive energy! It’s lovely to see, absolutely lovely. I do hope the situation for queers in Japan continues to get better!


24th Harajuku Fashion Walk

Apr 28 2014: Under a beautiful blue sky, the 24th Harajuku Fashion Walk snaked through Hrajuku today

Kjeld Duits: @Ellie: Thank YOU for your interest and support, Ellie!
Ellie: Ah, so many inspiring outfits! The whole, and the details of them! One of my favourite fashion walk of those I’ve seen so far, I think. Very nice to see! I’m looking forward ever so much to finally return to Japan, though with my luck I’ll be lugging around too much iaido equipment to actually bring something fashionable, if my time/s in Tokyo would coincide with something like this. No reason not to pop by and have a look, though, and get inspired! Ah, yes, so much inspiration. Thank you yet again for your photos!
Kjeld Duits: @MiniMocha24: So called fashion glasses have been popular for several years now. Often they have no lenses, only a frame. They are sold at many fashion boutiques. Prescription glasses are also very well designed in Japan and can be purchased cheaply at several chain stores, such as Zoff, JINS and Oh my Glasses. I was born in the Netherlands, but have lived most of my life in Japan. This Google search will take you to many sites with information about me. ^_-

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