I had a phase in my life where I was obsessed with all sorts of Japanese street fashion, mainly visual kei and gothic lolita. Although those days are far behind me, that doesn’t mean I can’t still appreciate the style! I was cleaning my bookshelves today, and came across a few issues of the Gothic & Lolita Bible that I bought over three or four years ago. Because they’re imports from Japan, each one cost me about $20. >.<; Totally worth it, though, because the pages are glossy, stiff, and filled with artistically beautiful images. They include useful tutorials, awesome street snaps, and music/book/movie recommendations. Though I couldn’t read a word of it, the photos were self-explanatory.
And although not Japanese, I also found my four issues of Gothic Beauty. XD
After reminiscing, I remembered the LiveJournal community which provided me with Japanese magazine scans for free. It was a great resource, because as much as I wanted subscriptions, it just cost too much. So this community saved me a lot of money that I would have ended up wasting. :X I remember downloading every new issue of Kera as soon as it came out! XD After all these years, I would have thought it was shut down.. but fortunately for me, it’s still running. : ) Today, I found a magazine called Vivi that I really liked. It targets mostly college girls and the predominant style is mature, modern, and classy. At times, it really reminds me of indie and hipster fashion, except a step further up. Here’s the cover of the august issue, along with a sample page. Click for a larger view!
The reason I love Japanese fashion magazines of all types, though, is that American ones rarely leave me inspired. My mother subscribes to magazines like Vogue and Cosmopolitan – both of which contain the same boring trends as everything else. Oftentimes, many of the brands and styles they recommend are also impractical and unaffordable. =/ I mean.. when am I ever going to wear a cage dress? Seriously.