I don’t pretend to understand Harajuku, the eclectic fashion that originated in Japan and spread across the world. Well, its spread to Los Angeles anyway. I say I don’t understand it not because I don’t understand it’s appeal, I love it, but because I don’t think I could put together the dizzy display of dozens of details all in one outfit, including wig, printed dress with contrasting petticoats, wild shoes and various adorable knickknacks worn as fashion accessories. I’d feel silly, but the girls in the “Lolita” ensembles in the Little Tokyo shopping mall in downtown Los Angeles looked charming.
My husband and I stopped at one of our favorite Japanese restaurants for dinner one night in late October and took some video of the street party going on around us. In the video you glimpse me wandering through the pretty outdoor mall while the girls in their Harajuku outfits go about their business. I’m wearing a much simpler ensemble of dark jeans, black blouse and a sparkly silver sweater. Normally I would feel rather dressed up in so much metallic, but next to the colorful Harajuku costumes I seem to fade into the shadows.
Harajuku in Little Tokyo
Music by Johnny Ripper. The song is called “June” from the album Outsider.
My outfit seems very simple in comparison to the girls in their fun dresses and wigs. This was one of the rare situations where I felt underdressed! I’m wearing a wonderful chain and rhinestone necklace my aunt gave me for Christmas last year with a sparkly silver sweater that I bought this year to take me through the holiday season. Also featured is my Target sequin clutch. Underneath all the bling are a pair of new black denim jeans and a sheer black blouse I’ve had for many years.
Do you like Harajuku style? (Please note I realize I’m simplifying a vast and unique fashion trend, but I just don’t know enough about the subcategories of the look to speak on it with any authority. If you’re interested in learning more about the culture of Harajuku please check out HarajukuStyle.Net.)