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8 Of This Year’s Most Stylish Fall-Winter Fashion Trends

It’s almost the end of November and now with shorter days and cooler nights, it’s time to put away your lighter fabrics and tail-end of summer pieces and prepare for crisper, cooler weather. The following eight wardrobe staples, confirmed by designers in Japan and around the world, will take you through this fall-winter season in style! Ready?!

1. It’s All About Red

This season, fashion is going rouge, very rouge. From long trench coats, furry sweaters, sleek trousers and even sexy knee-high boots, red is the color for the season. With hues like scarlet, crimson, burgundy, vermilion, and ruby, the color is not only a standout key trend of the season but also a power look.

Recommended item: H&M Red Wool Coat, ¥15,999.

2. The Classic Madame Fur (or faux fur)

Vintage furs are one of this fall’s key items to have ready to wear! And when the temperatures drop sharply, nothing is better than a warm fur to keep you feeling bundled, cozy, and still runway-ready! Perfect with anything from a classic evening dress to even that casual but stylish look of denim, pumps and a blouse, fur coats are wonderful because they really make anything you are wearing underneath look posh and very runway-worthy. Simple lines, broad shoulders, nothing overly embellished or stylized is the way to go this season.

Recommended item: Uniqlo, Fur Touch-Shoulder Bag, ¥1,990.

3. Winter Florals

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Halloween in Tokyo 2017: Photos from the crazy costume crowds in Shibuya

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After yet another typhoon in a very rainy October spoiled the weekend closest to Halloween, thousands of people in Tokyo seized the chance to celebrate All Hallows’ Eve on October 31st itself despite it being a Tuesday.

Halloween is, well, different in Japan: most obviously, the costumes are not necessarily traditional Halloween motifs, but also include video game and other characters. The tone and style of the costumes is frequently as cute and kinky as it is ghoulish, though often the references are quite specific to Japanese contexts (such as a famous landmark, folk character, or even food item). In this sense, Halloween has been appropriated as part of cosplay culture.

Moreover, rather than trick-or-treating, young people tend to congregate in public spaces in major urban centers at the weekends leading up and even after October 31st. This has become most prominent in Shibuya’s Hachiko zone, so much so that since last year police have pedestrianized Scramble Crossing for the event as it had become impossible to control. It also helps that the end of October is typically quite mild, so revellers can have fun even if scantily clad.

The annual bonanza has proved popular with the mainstream media as well as non-Japanese residents and tourists. The increased presence of the latter meant that this year police introduced a multilingual guidance system.

Here are some great snaps from the madness on October 31st in Shibuya, published originally on Kai-You. To quote one unwitting observer to the throng, “I have never seen anything quite like this.” See how many characters and costume choices you can recognise or understand!

halloween tokyo shibuya japan costumes photo crazy hachiko scramble crossing

halloween tokyo shibuya japan costumes photo crazy hachiko scramble crossing

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