Originally Posted by academe
Part of it, from my experience (having family in Singapore, Hong Kong, etc.), is that East and Southeast Asian Chinese are very enamooured of heavily branded Italian designers, etc. and tend to prefer that aesthetic. However, what I do disagree with is the sentiment that tweeds, patterns, etc. are generally unsuitable for East Asians. The cultural reference argument (i.e. tweed=British) is very thin in my mind. As I said, you might as well then say that everyone should wear their national costume, rather than a suit... God forbid that women should wear trousers, because skirts are traditional, etc. Where does this line of reasoning end?
Italian? I stand by my statement of an age differential
. Japanese style is more prevalent among youth (18-25) in China and HK than Italian style. Japanese stuff is the
shit (less expensive, looks sweet). Italian stuff is cool but that has more to do with an obsession over luxury products. Cultural argument is stronger than you give credit. No rational person living in a very hot climate would come up with the idea of wearing a heavy suit without being influenced by the British style. While it is true the AC in HK is always set high, a heavy suit is still overkill.
Originally Posted by Fuuma
Lots of youths in Japan wearing Vivienne Westwood plaid and other assorted punkish style. Only indirectly influenced by Scotland or what have you in that case...
I can only say a bit here because I did not grow up in Japan. That said, I have never been to Japan as a tourist (I’m not into that stuff). When I was in Japan, I did the normal things Japanese people (well, college students) do, minus the schooling and work. However, I want to clear up a misconception I see all over the internetz. The "punks" in Japan are not as prominent as the internetz make them out to be. Even in Harujuku, it is not common to see the “weirdos” (that’s what my very conservative buddy calls the Goths). Many people get their clothing from GAP or second hand stores. Most Japanese people in the “big city” are fashionable without wearing those items promoted in Japanese streetwear magazines. Basically what I am saying is that there are not "lots" of youth wearing those things and that they were heavily influenced by the Japanese magazines (they are great). And Japanese people are greatly influenced by idols (note: they always refer to stars as idols, as people they look up to rather than simply famous people).