Resolving to allow myself to wear whatever I want, even if it meant abandoning the pursuit of different J-fashion styles, was probably the best decision I could have made. It freed me from anything that limited my creativity and willingness to experiment. As a result, I wound up knocking a few looks off my fashion bucket list and had several fun adventures worth sharing.
Despite this new energy, I didn’t see many new trends really catch my eyes. My friends over at Kali’s Hourglass took to shironuri, which cropped up in 2012 but started to get more attention overseas in the past year. While I think it’s gorgeous, it’s not something I will ever try (too much make-up and white for my tastes).
Even the style tribes reported in Style-Arena seemed to rehash things that already existed. I was amused at the concept of “Neo Bowling Style” since it’s something that has cropped here in the U.S. (with kids going bowling in prom dresses and burlesque dancers bowling for charity). Also I inadvertently had a bowling lolita outfit when the shoes I rented wound up matching what I had worn to a meet-up prior to bowling.
At the Crow Collection fashion show, where Ramon and Radha did shironuri, I decided to attempt ora ora kei. I’d been wanting to give it a shot, and there wasn’t a big gyaru contingent so I gave it shot with the clothes I had in my closet. My make-up could probably use some work, but I enjoyed it. I’m not sure it’s something I would wear regularly because of the make-up and accessories that are needed to properly represent the style.
Another bucket list style was ero lolita. Last year I pretty much gave up on lolita, but I still hang out with members of the local group and a murder mystery type of event at the art museum was too fun to pass up. It was the middle of summer so I decided that it was the perfect time to try ero lolita—or as I called my look, burlesque ero lolita. Again, not a style that is exactly me, but it was fun to try it out.
Something that was more up my alley was my new steampunk look. I’d been wanting to do an Asian steampunk look that didn’t involve throwing a corset over a traditional Asian outfit. I reused pieces from older ensembles and came up with a Rurouni Kenshin-inspired persona of a former assassin who wears to chimes so that she doesn’t frighten people with her stealth. It’s still a work in progress, but that was definitely one of my favorites.
From Steampunk Illumination Society
My favorite J-fashion look for 2014 was the ouji ensemble for my birthday photo safari, which was one of the highlights of the year.
The colors and make-up were inspired by Loki from The Avengers. He’s one of my favorite characters so of course I enjoyed that bit of inspiration, and I think the androgyny is just something that is more my thing.
Thus my style resolution for 2015 is just to continue to do what works for me but don’t be afraid to explore. I’d love to step up my ouji game and have fancier clothes, but I like being a bit rough too. Maybe I can amp up the androgyny. We’ll see what happens.
Listening to: “9lives” by Shoko Nakagawa