Cute gothic/gal hairdo’s

Looking for a cute and easy hair-do you can do at short notice with not too much trouble? Try the double topknot, or its sister, the teased pigtail.

I’ve noticed the double topknot hairdo quite a bit, not only in Japanese gothic mags such as Kera, but also in gyaru mags like Egg, Popteen etc.

Kera Jan 11, page 14;  Egg Jan 2011, ad by Co & Lu;  Party at Trump Room

           

In the latest Kera, Feb 2011 (which alas, I haven’t scanned in as yet), there’s a hairdo section where a lot of creative hairstyles are shown. Three show girls with long hair with partial topknots in their hair (ie with some long hair still hanging down, like the red-haired girl above).

The ‘do is possibly inspired by Gwen Stefani’s mad topknot adventures of the 90’s and early 00’s:

     

I myself used to wear this back in 2003, when I last had red hair:

      

But the other week I was about to do this hairstyle…but decided to just tease the pigtails either side of my head, and leave them, instead of then securing into buns either side.

I then added some flowers on a hairclip I got at Grimoire in Shibuya, to finish the look.

The ‘do was easy as, it kept the hair off my neck during a very hot, humid night, and stayed in place all night. The only problem? People kept calling me Red Fraggle. Hurrumph.

But I do recommend it as a cute hairstyle for summer, as well as the double topknot ‘do mentioned above. I’ll be showing soon how you can get bigger topknots than I managed, by making your own. Long haired girlies with thick hair can naturally get big high topknots, but those of us with fine, bob-length hair struggle.  Stay tuned. 

Got any links to cute hair-do’s you like?

Kera September 2010

I’m excited to get back to Tokyo and see the latest fashion magazines, too – like Kera! The September issue that I’ve had for quite a few weeks now, was very PINK and featured Neeko on the cover.

Now, I know that largely it’s full of young 20-ish things prancing around in out-there gear, but actually, there’s quite a lot of stuff in there that’s more streetwear oriented, that people like myself can wear. I can still get fashion clues and trends by looking – I just have to have slightly tunnel vision and focus on the clothes that are *MY* style and wearable for me. Like some of these below, modelled by Ayumi and Akira (who often dresses in a style similar to my punk look).

Then there’s the street fashion to inspire. Of course, it’s often models who feature in the mag anyway, as below, but I still love to see the snaps 🙂

There’s a lot more of the colourful fruitsy and fairy kei style, as well as a LOT of sweet lolita, hime and some gal – but like I said, you look at the fashion that inspires YOU, and there’s a lot to choose from. What are your fave fashion mags, in your home country or Japan?

KERA magazine – Japanese gothic punk style. KERA iPhone app.

How could I not love this clip? It features some of my favourite KERA magazine models Re:NO, Lancer Bee and Akira, about models who are also in bands.

It also features so many of the gothic/punk labels I love, and own items from: Peace Now & Black Peace Now, Sex Pot Revenge, Algonquins, Sexy Dynamite London, Stigmata, Banana Fish (see my fave Banana Fish dress here, and a bit about the Shimokita Banana Fish store here)…. even gal label GladNews gets a look in.

Sex Pot Revenge celebrates its 10th anniversary all June, as does Banana Fish – congrats to these great labels! Although, sadly, Banana Fish on June 9th ceased trading and is no more – sob 🙁  
Back to the video.  I have the skull ring that is in the clip at 4:17 and love them (I have one in black and one in green).   I also love the coloured hair you see in the vid – pink, blue, red, purple. But onto the clip itself – you wanna see, right?

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Thanks to Bite Hard blog for alerting me to this great little vid. It really takes you back to Tokyo and its fashion, when you can’t otherwise be there 🙂

And did you know, there’s even a KERA iPhone app! Volumes 1, 2 and 3 are available, for when you just “have” to get a dose of gothic lolita fashion, while you’re on the way to work, school or shopping.

In older news, here’s a short vid of Aya Kamiki at a KERA magazine shoot back in 08,  (copyright is owned by GIZA Studio and KERA)

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And finally, scans from June 2010 KERA (I’m not fond of the music track on it, so recommend the mute button!)

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You can also find current scans of the June issues of other magazines: Egg, Loveberry, Cutie, Cawaii (from 09), Scawaii, Popteen, PopSister and Zipper, if you’re more into gal style.

Enjoy!