[quote]I’d be apt to think that those personal styles that develop there, and in places like new york as well, develop in a similar fashion here…but it’s hard to discern between copy-cat styles and the distinct, original fashion styles with a limited acquaintanceship with Taiwanese and japanese fashion trends.
or, in other words, it’s easy to deny the creativity of the Taiwanese/japanese youth without a good understanding of who’s copycatting and who’s starting fashion trends.[/quote]
I think what you are trying to say is quite a good point to ponder…
Actually I also think it’s like a “Mobius strip”…to decide who is the creator of a certain look or who imitated it.
Strictly speaking, I think there’s nothing 100 % original…in evey aspect of our lives, including art, music, fashion, architecture…and even in writing academic papers.
It’s just through my observation while traveling in London and Paris. As I am very interested in street fashion, I had chances to talk with some friends who are REALLY stylish - They were not craving for certain fashion trends or certain pop idol looks, but tended to make use of clothes they already have, very good in color coordination - sometimes experimenting with man’s white shirts, hats, etc. and creating chic cross-over looks.
And fashion was just tiny part of their lives.
Of course in Munich, Cologne, London and Paris, main pop trend looks like hip-hop, punk, or gothic look were also popular among teenage kids,
but I also could find diverse original looks (which cannot be categorized) in the streets, which I couldn’t find in Taipei or Seoul.
As for Japan, I found a variety of different looks in Harajuku, Shibuya or in Osaka.
What I was least impressed were the looks borrowed from cartoon (manga) characters - They looked :shock: preposterous…
While chatting with some Jap youngsters, I found how important fashion is for these Jap. kids and many of them are obssessed with how they look to others. (some of them slave themselves in cafes or even sell themselves to buy certain brand clothes!)
I think it’s dangerous to say that Taipei youngsters are not creative…There might be certain individuals who have their own individual styles, but I’ve tried to talk about my general observation.
I admire their courage, though, to wear a cowboy hat with short pants and dyed blonde hair, which used to very popular some time ago, of which the look was created by a Taiwanese singer.
But again, all these are just my impression and has a limitation…