I'm looking for the name of those type of boots... where most japanese host (and other men) wears, the boots are kinda pointed and usually up to the ankles, some with buckles all over. Do you know those kind of boots? What's the name of those? I really want a pair but I don't even know how to find them since I don't know what they're called >_< Sorry for the stupid question and thanks!
Thanks for you question! It depends on the boots, really. Your best bet would probably be going straight to the source and shopping for boots from onii-kei brands like Buffalo Bobs, FUGA, Sabgreed, etc.
Néojaponisme’s Marxy has just started what might be one of his best series yet: a long, well-sourced, nuanced history of Gyaru in Japan. Definitely worth reading in full.
Many have seen long-term gyaru dominance as a symptom of a depressed Japanese economy’s inability to invent and push new styles. Looking closely at the actual changes in fashion and cosmetics, however, the gyaru of 2012 look almost nothing like the gyaru of 2000 let alone those of 1992. Gyaru, in other words, have not actually been a single tribe or subculture, but instead, something like a “style stream” — with each incarnation influencing the next but radically changing along the way. The gyaru look has shifted from the relatively natural kogyaru schoolgirls of 1995 to the shocking ganguro of 2000 to the koakuma glamorous blondes of 2008. While very different, they all understood themselves as “gyaru” and were understood in wider society as “gyaru” as well.
This ability to evolve with the times may be the gyaru movement’s core strength, but the transformations have not simply been a superficial shift in fashion. Most critically, the class composition of gyaru has changed over time. Gyaru style started as a delinquent look for rich girls at top Tokyo private schools, but ended up as the new face of yankii non-urban working-class delinquent style, blending seamlessly into preferred aesthetic of kyabajō “women of the night.” The gyaru thus provide a perfect case study to understand how style in Japan often trickles down from the affluent to the middle classes through the mass media and then is co-opted and re-conceptualized by the working classes.
This four-part series attempts to look at the origin of gyaru style, the nature and mechanisms of its style changes, and the shifting social context of each historical stage. And hopefully these essays will clear up a few of myths surrounding gyaru along the way.
Finally, finally, finally—LIP SERVICE has released official shots of their spring collection! The season theme is “nudy passion,” and there aren’t too many surprises with this one, ladies. What you see is what you get, with soft, feminine pieces in shades of nude, beige, and cream, a bit of black, and a touch of tasteful leopard and floral print. Fans of the brand will be happy to know that many of this season’s offerings follow the LIP SERVICE formula for sexy, adult gal style, with a couple standout pieces worth a second look. Want the details? Keep reading!
This belted and draped car coat—in what looks like suede—is really a sophisticated leap for LIP SERVICE! It contrasts nicely to the bounty of knits and lightweight fabrics also being used in this collection.
Here a delicately pleated one-piece is paired with a heavier, long duster cardigan. Relaxed and casual, it’s a perfect combination for spring.
Same idea as above, this time with big floral prints. Feels very similar to what rienda is also doing this season.
Lusciously draped in layers of ruffles, this off-the-shoulder top is great for showing a little skin without going overboard. Take a cue from these photos and pair with a dainty layered necklace.
Ah, the ever-classic trench coat. It gets a girly update here with a shorter length, flared bottom, and voluminous waist-tie.
More cardigans, this time paired with a printed body-con dress and wide waist belt. This look also reminds me a lot of rienda.
Some serious drape going on here! (I wonder if this is LIP SERVICE's attempt at more mode-influenced design.) Take note of the brand's the signature Pucci-esque print, done in a soft grey.
More mixing of textures here. Like the first look in the collection, it combines a heavy ribbed knit with something more lightweight, like lace. I love the peachy-pink tones here. So fresh for spring!
A little bit of bohemian chic with a pretty peasant top! Wide, flared sleeves have long been a mainstay with LIP SERVICE tops and dresses for a romantic look.
It’s all in the details with this top. The vintage necklace and delicately textured crochet mini skirt are lovely, too.
More adult florals. What makes an adult floral? Big, bold designs combined with sophisticated colors.
More loose, draped tops.
Polka dots are poised to be a big trend this spring, so LIP SERVICE had a go with these polka dot pants. Nice way to add some interest to an otherwise solid colored outfit.
More crochet, this time in mini-dress form. Simply gorgeous! Styling tip: cinch tunic tops and short dresses with a wide waist belt for a body-defining silhouette.
I like the idea of layers, though I can’t imagine this piece will be flattering on a whole lot of people. The shape just screams maternity wear!
This mint colored blouse puts the brand on trend this season, as soft, ice-cream type colors are said to be the next big thing. The look is finished off with antique lace bottoms.
And here’s a closer look at this season’s shoes and other accessories, many of which are available in other colors, too!
Love the horse bit detailing here. Very Gucci.
Classic suede pumps get a bit of a lift with a modest platform, while retro-inspired oxfords are given a sexy boost with an added wedge.
Enamel necklaces give a bit of vintage glamour. Besides these, LIP SERVICE is also pushing cross motifs and more delicate, layered necklaces, perfect for spring and beyond.
More enamel jewelry, this time translated into earrings. Note the soft pastel shades like peach and mint used here as well.
Brown and beige belts coordinate perfectly with the overall color theme of the collection.
Beyond all this, I think it’s worth noting that LIP SERVICE has been making more obvious strides to class up their image both this season and last. They’re not the only ones, either. This past winter we saw GOLDS Infinity making a very similar transition, toning down their over-the-top sex-kitten style for something noticeably more grown-up and sophisticated. It’ll be interesting to see if this same shift continues or if brands like LIP SERVICE and GOLDS Infinity retreat back to their flashy safety net of lace and sparkles.
What’s your opinion on this change? Are you getting good vibes from LIP SERVICE's new collection? Tell us your thoughts!