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06 March 2012 @ 01:40 am
Oh, hello.  

I'm coming back from the dead to acknowledge the discontinuation of a blog that has long been the inspiration for many, for almost seven years.

Cherry Pop

This was a blog that I've kept on hand for the last five years to check on the current gyaru fashions- a mashup of current events in gyaru culture, model introductions, and most of all- heaps of magazine scans. It helped keep me in the loop without having to go through the trouble of buying/downloading three or four magazines a month.

I can also completely sympathize with the reasoning of the author. Gyaru fashion has had few defining shifts since 2008. The look that really drew me in to the fashion was cultivated in 2007, and it seems like they never went anywhere with it since. Almost like "Hey, we've found nirvana. We can't top this- so we might as well just stop here." And they basically have.

Wards no longer have a distinctive fashion to call their own- only caricatures. The emergence of Shibuhara has killed the originality of both Harajuku and Shibuya fashion. Shibuya girls have started to blend in with straight up American fashions, to the point where I feel like I'm looking at a catalog for Wet Seal.

I hate Wet Seal.

Harajuku fashion? Resale fashion is all the rage- and hey. I understand the frustration of showing up to an event in a big city and finding out you and another three people are all wearing the same jacket. I understand that brand name clothing typically has a high price tag. The economy is shitty. Resale/vintage gives you the opportunity to cheaply build a wardrobe to no one else quite has. But now those independent brands that pioneered looks that helped define Harajuku style? They're going out of business. Woo.

For the last six months I've been seriously contemplating starting this blog again. The problem is, my style has changed drastically in the last two years. I find it hard to take inspiration from Japanese fashion because it has started to gradually resemble the styles that are popular in my own country. I no longer feel like I'm more well informed fashion-wise than the typical American because Asian trends aren't years ahead of us like they used to be. OTK socks? Platform shoes? Commonplace.

Hell, I have an awesome photographer girlfriend that would love to take outfit snaps of me as I please. But I don't feel like I have anything special to offer. My blog is now considered generic in a sea of other fashion bloggers that are richer, thinner, prettier and more photogenic than I. I don't feel relevant, and with a complete lack of inspiration from the East over there, it feels pointless.

This is a whinnnnne post, and a whine post only, as I have no suggestions to fix this problem. Japan needs to stop looking over here for inspiration and get the fuck back on it's awesome train before South Korea takes over.
feeling: anxiousanxious
jamming to: Girlfriend snoring
Renge64renge64 on March 6th, 2012 08:08 am (UTC)
Hey! I'm glad your back!
I love reading your posts!
K. Leekircee on March 6th, 2012 09:09 am (UTC)
There's no rule that says a fashion blog has to be specifically a Japanese fashion blog! If you blogged about your personal fashion and just things that interest you in general, I'd read that. We can get magazine scans and the like anywhere, but a unique point of view is more difficult to find!
snowblackstarsnowblackstar on March 6th, 2012 12:03 pm (UTC)
Glad to see you write an entry, I just checked on your blog the other day wondering where you've been for years, hah. I agree with kircee, and I would definitely read your blog. I also see your point about Japanese fashion - it's really lacking any originality now compared to Western fashion. But I guess that will slowly and eventually happen with a world market system.
swedestralianswedestralian on March 6th, 2012 12:30 pm (UTC)
I was just thinking about you the other day and wondered whatever happened to you. Although I never really figured out why I was following your blog because quite frankly, it's not applicable to me, I did enjoy reading and leaning about something that's entirely foreign. Even if Japanese styles are being diluted by American styles, or at least being merged, I think you should still blog about it since its still different.
Emmieemmie_cakes on April 20th, 2012 09:39 pm (UTC)
good to see you back :D

I kind of feel the same about Japanese fashion you do but I think it's a transition period especially for gal. I think "true" gals have turned back to their roots and the whole kuronbo/ora-ora movement has come and I think it's only a matter of time before new Shibuya and Harajuku street styles emerge.
Lunalunarista on October 11th, 2016 12:06 pm (UTC)