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3 posts tagged "Candy"

Fringe Factor: Tokyo’s Subcultures Hit The Runway

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Looks from Jenny Fax, Alice Auaa, and Candy

No matter how hard the establishment tries to find the next Yohji or Rei on a big catwalk, the most exciting fashion comes from Tokyo’s fringe cultures. By coincidence or not, the final day of Tokyo fashion week, which wrapped last weekend, showcased four of the most unique street brands the city has to offer.

Harajuku’s landmark Laforet mall hosted the Fleamadonna show. The Korean brand turned out enough quirky kawaii elements—like cartoonish prints, exaggerated hip-hop-style proportions, and chunky street-snap-ready accessories—to make it a favorite among the colorful Harajuku kids.

Representing neighboring Shibuya was legendary shop Candy, which put on a styling show featuring its favorite street brands from Tokyo and beyond (above, right). Local labels like Christian Dada and Balmung were paired with underground British and American brands—and everyone offered over-the-top ensembles that scream for attention.

Otaku (geek) culture has become a force to reckon with in the industry, spawning a generation of designers who turn their obsessions with anime and comics into high-fashion fodder. Jenny Fax is at the forefront of this movement—and her Cabbage Patch doll-inspired Spring collection (above, left) did not disappoint. The designer used the toy’s visage on a number of daring looks, like an apron with a real karaoke mike. There are also some seriously subversive themes in her designs that harken to the Lolita trend of yore.

It wouldn’t be Tokyo fashion week without a nod to gothic styles, and Alice Auaa closed the shows with a dramatic presentation of dark looks (above, center). His wares told the story of a drowning girl—perhaps weighed down by her alloy crinoline or miles of ruffles. After this showing, Tokyo’s extreme stylistas will no doubt make street-style photographers swoon come spring.

Photos: Misha Janette; Getty images

Next Up For The Man Who Put Franco In Drag? Justin Bieber

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If you hadn’t heard of Candy magazine, Luis Venegas’ salute to “transversal” style, its recent cover with James Franco in full drag likely put it on your radar. For that one, Venegas admitted, “I have to give all the credit to Terry Richardson and his team.” But Venegas’ other collaborators are no less distinguished: Bruce Weber, Steven Meisel, Ellen von Unwerth, and Daria Werbovy have all pitched in. Why? “So many people, transgender or not, are reading it,” the Spaniard explained. “It’s like, well, you don’t have to play football to like watching it, no?”

Venegas (left, with Jodie Harsh) was in London for a party celebrating Candy‘s collaboration with Acne on a line of limited-edition shirts. “A classic American cowboy shirt—very masculine, very denim, but with some female details,” he said. Acne’s Jonny Johansson, Erdem Moralioglu, Jonathan Saunders, and more turned out to have a look. But more than fashion, it was Candy‘s next cover star that was the hot topic. “Well, it’s a fantasy, but I would love to have Justin Bieber on the cover,” Venegas said. “I mean, everyone says that he looks like a 14-year-old lesbian anyway, so how perfect would that be?” Continue Reading “Next Up For The Man Who Put Franco In Drag? Justin Bieber” »

The Candy Man Can, Bosworth’s Baubles, And More…

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James Franco does drag on the cover of Candy, “the world’s first transversal style magazine.” Terry Richardson shot the cover (pictured) and the images inside because, really, who else would you expect to do it? It will cost $55 when it arrives at Opening Ceremony. [Opening Ceremony]

In further not-that-surprising news: on Gossip Girl, accessorizing a floor-length ball gown with a full-on, spangled Hannibal Lecter-style face mask. [Gawker]

Kate Bosworth launches a mail-order, online costume jewelry subscription service. OK, that one we confess we weren’t expecting. [Racked]

Gap has dropped its iconic logo for a totally new look—its serif font is now sans-serif, its iconic blue box is now a fraction of the size. Do you like the revamped design? [Styleite]

Photo: Terry Richardson/Courtesy of Opening Ceremony