The Tokyo Look Book
Philomena Keet (Kondansha, $39.95) BRITISH anthropologist Philomena Keet did her PhD on Tokyo street fashion, so a book on the Japanese capital’s quirky style tribes seems the logical extension. Unsurprisingly, the format is zap-pow and ultra-groovy; photographer Yuri Manabe has captured a crazy cross-section of fashion fads and victims, from the decora-kei ‘‘ decoration’’ look (think: lip piercings and weird hair adornments) to gyaru teenyboopers with false eyelashes and clown-wig curls.
Keet interviews some of Tokyo’s hottest designers, including Takuya Angel whose look is ‘‘ old kimonos recycled into reconfigurable, shapeshifting garments, accessorised with PVC in clashing colours and furry clawscarfs’’. Rather redundantly, Keet tells us these clothes are ‘‘ deliberately made in order to stand out of the crowd’’. In fact, if the Tokyoites featured in this snazzy book are representative of the city’s true streetscape, the way to get noticed here would be in a white shirt and a dark coat. Susan Kurosawa