Last Saturday, while staying at Hotel Kabuki, I had the pleasure of attending the New People opening party in Japantown, San Francisco, for which brought sensory overload and new life to my fashion favorites.
“New People is a 20,000 square foot, striking, contemporary building located at 1746 Post Street in the heart of San Francisco’s Japantown (one of only three remaining in the country). The project represents a $15 million investment by Shogakukan, one of the largest publishers of Japan.”
“With three stories above and a basement below, New People shares Japanese cinema, retail and art, all under one roof. New People will attract those eager explore new cultural inspirations or who would like a crash course in Japanese popular culture,” explains the New People Web site.
Featured fashion labels include Baby, The Stars Shine Bright, 6% DokiDoki, Alice And The Pirates, Black Peace Now and Sou Sou. Every collection represents Japanese popular culture to the core and defines Lolita and Gothic fashion trends.
I couldn’t stop visiting 6% DokiDoki and would have to say the collection was my favorite of the evening. With it’s use of bright colors, flirty fabrics and a nod to tea parties and carousel rides, 6% DokiDoki represents the flirtatious nature of young girls. The phrase “Doki Doki” is, from what I gathered, the heart flutter you feel when a cute guy or girl catches your eye. 6% DokiDoki made me feel just that same way with my heart fluttering as I noticed each piece in the collection.
By the end of the evening, I had visited every floor of the four-story building and enjoyed the wonders of Japanese popular culture. Every designer had a refreshing sense of style for San Francisco to enjoy among the ever-growing fashion industry of Northern California. For more information on featured designers, click on the posted images.
Black Peace Now
Baby, The Stars Shine Bright