Why are we turning Japanese ?



Or how the inimitable “Granny meets Lolita” Tokyo street style - grandma cardigans, school-girl collars, frilly vintage adornments, little flowers and bobby socks is (astonishingly) becoming mainstream

The Japanese style – for a whole generation to which Le Futiloscope admits to belonging – has long been a synonym for minimalist workwear and cerebral eccentricity. Remember, touchingly, Comme des (Garçons) and Yohji (Yamamoto) like we used to say in the 80’s! They were overcome by “Kawai” in adolescent pop culture: pink fuzzy charms, hair dyed like My Little Pony, glitter everywhere, little cats in homage to Hello Kitty, you get it!

But here is another fashion menace…the improbable look of young Japanese – or Korean actresses – half tacky, half bimbo, the one that often made us smile when we saw it on the streets of Tokyo (when will we ever be able to do that again?) is now everywhere! Great when you’re younger than 23 (and are only 5 feet tall), whimsical on everyone else. And yet…

The sappy cardigan is the new hoodie. Exit the hooded sweatshirt, the little sweater buttoned up or with grandma flounces has clearly stolen the show. Mauve, ecru, yellow or pale green, fuzzy with balloon or leg-o-mutton sleeves, embroidered or Austrian with wooly little balls, Gangnam style has become cool…the New York designer Batsheva, someone we dearly love, and a paid-up member of this world-wide conspiracy, calls it a “geriatric thrill”. We couldn’t have said it better…



The huge collar is now a major fashion statement. You can find it listed under “Statement Collars” that & Other Stories offers under shirts and sweaters, all decorated with huge Peter Pan collars. Le Futiloscope saw this trend coming since last spring. Brands which specialize in this accessory to add to a cardigan have proliferated, others see it as this season’s signature, fast fashion has plastered it all over, its gone crazy…and everyone is debating the pros and cons (see @modepersonnelle). We’ve talked a lot about it, we won’t say more (in spite of our passion for the subject). We see it as vaguely pedophile. A little sensation particularly Nippon, when it’s a sailor collar (take a look at this one) it’s even more flagrant.



The retro-cute detail is everywhere.
What well-dressed adult could have ever imagined adding a ruffed collar, velvet sleeves with frounces, lace socks or various embroidered puppies to their look? It’s the bet that lots of influencers have taken... And the position of the ultra-specialized brands in this super childish chic…it’s the same, bloomers flowery or pastel, have made a remarkable entry into chic nightclothes…”Special” there too? A bit…



Some have gone even further in the mood “freaked-out dolls…
All these gimmicks that we mentioned are okay, but in small doses. Le Futilo has friends that use this as an occasion to show off. Ourselves, we fell for a liberty shirt with a collar frankly ridiculous. What do you think about the Cosplay take on certain pieces of the super snobbish Maison Cléo? Or the recent little dresses from Batsheva? Ella Emhoff, Kamala Harris’ stepdaughter (everybody’s darling of the moment) wore one, in prune with flounces, paired with little black boots with thick soles (chunky boots, very Japanese as well) to Joe Biden’s inauguration…a real change from Melania. We like it, and you

@maisoncleo