Harajuku Hair Colour
Japanese street style is famous around the world, but it’s not just extraordinary fashion that turns heads. In Harajuku especially, a creative and colourful hairstyle can be the make-or-break element of a drop-dead-cute look.
Dazed & Confused magazine article: ‘Everyday Extremes’ looks at how Japan’s youth cults lead the world in fashion-forward purchasing. The ‘Hair Bear Bunch’ editorial shoot with photographer Matt Irwin and styling by Nicola Formichetti, showcase Harajuku hair colours.
“I think we Japanese people started to understand the creativity of young designers’ collections in early 2000s,” says Junsuke Yamasaki, editor alumni of Vogue Hommes Japan and Dazed Japan.
The hair colours here compliment the individual styles, from decora rainbow hair to the muted pastel ombre.
“We Japanese people don’t have our own style in fashion, except for traditional clothes, the kimono for example,” Yamasaki continues. “So that’s why we are quite flexible and don’t hesitate to dress up in new ways. It’s how we can accept extreme runway looks or runway-ish looks in our daily life. Look at Harajuku street fashion: they have millions of colours and shapes in one look, which is sometimes more extreme than a runway look! They usually mix vintage clothes, 2nd-hand catwalk pieces which are available at very reasonable prices, and young designers’ pieces.”
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