Shibuya 109 – a great place to shop, even for goth-punks.

One of the real surprises for me fashion-wise, is how much I like a lot of the Shibuya gal/gyaru fashion, in places like Shibuya 109. I bought a great striped bag in Lip Service early on, and have been seeing fab platform shoes everywhere.

I hadn’t even bothered to go to 109 before (the mecca for gal afficionados), such was my entrenched love of Gothic fashion, Marui Young floors 5-8, La Foret underground etc.. However, a goth/metal friend of mine Akie said that 109 had a lot of cool stuff (like the great jacket she was wearing), so I headed off last Saturday.

It was packed, so moving around was slow. But then, I wanted to savour the shops and the patrons as well. Like most trendy stores in japan, you aren’t allowed to take pictures, but I asked and got a few from stores where I’d made purchases – tit for tat, no?

I was pleased to see some ganguro gals working at a store when I first walked in – they had beached hair, tans, and pale eyeshadow and lips (but not white like manba/yamanba). Mostly, the shop assistants were sophisticated oneegyaru, with honey coloured hair, although there was a good handful of “out there” girls with extreme hair that I loved (shaved sides, undercuts, brightly coloured extensions and dreads etc).

I was on the hunt for platform shoes or boots, and I popped into Pool Side, but it was Flag-J that got me. So many wonderful styles – eeeyahh! Here’s me with the girl who served me (and shoes in background :)

And now, for the platform booties I bought, in white with black studded straps round the ankle…
I also liked the XOXO or Kiss Kiss shop, though my photo is a bit shit.
TutuHA on the 4th floor got my attention right away with its black decor, groovy assistants, gear with skulls on it everywhere, and a fab biker jacket with stars (see left). It was quite gothic/punk actually – note the industrial goggles she’s wearing. Just not sure about the sideways cap…
I got the biker jacket.
However, the back is a bit disconcerting.

Anyway, back to the fashion. Many of the trends that are hot in the western world are here too – lots of leopard and animal print, lots of stripes, distressed or shredded leggings and pants, and shoes and boots with zippers, buckles and studs. Overall, there’s a lot more bright colour here though.

Up soon is a post on a geat shop in Koenji that IS specifically goth/punk/deathrock – Nude ‘n’ Rude. But for now, I’ve got to get back to Marui Young and do some more shopping!

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  1. OMG those boots look HOTTTT!!! I'm a huge fan of motorcycle jackets in any fabric, print or color lol. I wonder if XOXO kiss Kiss is different from the US XOXO, the clothing in Japan looks much cuter :) Thanks for sharing pics of your trip darling!

    Much love,
    Glendy <3

  2. Glendy – I'm pretty sure it's a different brand…as they're all (relatively) small Japanese brands here. The big international ones are in the bigger malls. Thanks about the boots – will se how I go wearing them :)

    Alice & Peter Punk – that'd be right – us liking the same shop! You got the aviators? Cool for an industrial club or similar :)