Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku Style
If you love Gwen Stefani, lead singer of the pop group No Doubt and one of the coaches on ABC’s “The Voice,” you know about her fascination with Japanese pop culture. She brought Japanese street fashion into the American consciousness when she wrote and directed her own music videos, featuring her backup dancers, the Harajuku girls.
What is Harajuku?
Harajuku takes its name from a district in Tokyo, where young people developed their own street style, Japanese Harajuku fashion. Harajuku street fashion for girls borrows from traditional Geisha culture and merges with it elements of Japanese anime favorites like Sailor Moon, with schoolgirl uniforms and kawaii (meaning cute or charming) babydoll looks complete with pink ribbons, bows and tutus.
Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku Experience
Gwen Stefani first visited Tokyo in 1995 with her band, No Doubt, and says she immediately fell in love with the Harajuku District. Gwen says she was intrigued by the creativity and fashion consciousness of the girls of Harajuku. When she launched a solo career ten years later, Gwen made it a point to return to Tokyo and the Harajuku district.
The Harajuku Girls
During the period that Gwen Stefani was writing and producing her own music, she introduced her backup singers, The Harajuku Girls, who brought a quirky offbeat flavor to her performances. Although she has been criticized by some, who thought she was abandoning her rock roots in favor of flashy pop numbers, Gwen Stefani has undoubtedly left her mark on music and fashion.
Harajuku Lovers Brand
Gwen Stefani has since launched her own fashion and fragrance line, called Harajuku Lovers. (You can buy Harajuku Lovers fragrance here.) She offers Harajuku inspired styles for women, girls, and even pets. Love it or hate it, you can’t ignore this fusion of Japanese and American style aesthetics, two entirely different worlds combined.
Harajuku Lovers Clothing for Girls
Thanks to Gwen’s infatuation with Harajuku fashion, we can all access that unique look. Harajuku is especially appropriate when worn by little girls and young teens, although who wouldn’t want to introduce an accessory or two into our own wardrobe, right?
Harajuku Lolita Skirt COS Mesh Petticoat Puffy SkirtsCosplay Sailor Moon Handbag Shoulder Bag (Black)Lolita Charm Moon Power Over Knee Socks-PurpleHarajuku Lovers Plaid Messenger BagRubie’s Drama Queens Tween Harajuku Girl CostumeDani’s Choice Cute Cartoon Character Socks (Sailor Moon 6set)Qiyun TOTORO Cute Japan Anime Messenger Shoulder Bag Kawaii JTC High School Girl’s Plaid A-line Mini Skirt ElasticAnime Clothes Classic Navy Sailor Suit Students GirlsHarajuku Girls Big Girls’ G Sleeveless T-Shirt, Hot Pink, MediumSkechers Kids Twinkle Toes Chit Chat-Sweet Seekers Light-Up High Top Sneaker HappyCherry Kids Girl Red Flowers Cute Knee Warm Protector Leggings