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As the summer fashion season in Japan comes to a close  in Japan, so do the styles on the street. Japanese fashion is famous for switching in between self-invented trends really fast, a reputation that’s well-earned. Not everyone has the luxury of spending their days people-watching in Harajuku, so we do our best to keep you up to date on what’s cool on the streets of Japan’s youth fashion capital.

The decline of print fashion magazines over the last few years – combined with the increasing popularity of social media networks in Japan, independent online shops, the increasing influence of international fast fashion brands, and other “uncontrollable” influences on the Japanese fashion scene – has led to a less predictable (but just as quickly moving) stream of trends. With all of these forces pushing and pulling in different directions, it’s become more difficult for super-trends to emerge. The number of niche/smaller trends, however, appears to be ever increasin.

The decline of print fashion magazines over the last few years – combined with the increasing popularity of social media networks in Japan, independent online shops, the increasing influence of international fast fashion brands, and other “uncontrollable” influences on the Japanese fashion scene – has led to a less predictable (but just as quickly moving) stream of trends. With all of these forces pushing and pulling in different directions, it’s become more difficult for super-trends to emerge. The number of niche/smaller trends, however, appears to be ever increasin.
These days Japanese fashion brands would create certain trend items, shops would add these trending clothing items in their stock, and magazines explain exactly how the items should be worn for maximum effect. These coordinated efforts led to specific looks and pieces appearing everywhere on the street at once. The brands, shops, and magazines would then quickly move on to the next item, and so too would the street.

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