Originally Posted by whodini
I'll probably get flamed till I die for saying this but that kind of Japanese fashion makes me feel like I'm in a half-assed amusement park. Sure it's odd and different but it amounts the same to me as getting dressed in a pitch-black costume closet.
I guess you could say that... there is quite a bit more to it than dressing up in bright/dark/strange clothing though. Its sort of hard to explain, but its kind of like a social club for these kids, and to some extent, an appreciation for the history and spirit of the look they are trying to emulate, or pay homage to. Many times its an all-consuming hobby, the search for the perfect embroidery, or a rare Sex Pistols pin, or whatever.
The "babydoll and lolita", the "punk and/or British", the "goth" (sometimes mixes with the lolita), the "dandy", the "kawaii (or 'cute'), the "military or nautical", "rockabilly or retro",and "ethnic" factions are all trying to communicate something different about themselves through their dress, while at the same time rebelling against the boring and horrible lack of sartorial variety of the corporate salariman, who's boxy, ill fitting (cheap) suits, horrible ties, grungy white shirts, and scuffed, black shoes make up most of the adult male population of the metropolitan areas.
In many ways, we are trying to do the same things here at SF, with our disdain for sack suits, and fused garments, and the championing of bespoke... They are like our strange foriegn siblings. I think that maybe we should reach out and embrace the spirit of their struggle! Unfortunately the only one here who looks good in a babydoll dress is Fok.