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
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.