From retro to a new take on goth: trends from Tokyo Fashion Week

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The number one influence this season seems to have been the 1960s and 70s. There was a huge focus on kohled-up eyes, babydoll dresses and retro prints on the runway at shows like House of Holland and Né-Net. Meanwhile Thai brand Sretsis added a glam-rock edge to the retro shenanigans, and Steven Hall and Yurika Ohara at In Process added some Prada-like modernism. 


What’s black and white and gluten free? Yes, a penguin, but also a Health Goth. This sporty take on the traditionally austere blacks of gothic culture mixes in plenty of white (think Rick Owens and loads of streetwear influences) and splashes of color and metallics. The Onitsuka Tiger x Andrea Pompilio, Noir Fr, Dressedundressed and A Degree Fahrenheit shows were perfect examples. 

Quirk it

To international eyes, there will always be some design touches that seem to press the ‘wacky’ rather than the ‘wearable’ button at Tokyo fashion week, and this season was no exception. At Alice Auaa, Yasutaka Funakoshi sent out giant headpieces (some with their own lightbulbs) and some terrifying masks. Meanwhile Somarta’s Tamae Hirokawa served up space-age bodysuits and alien corsetry. 

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