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So recently after Lady Gaga decided to graffiti her £3,000 Birkin bag with Japanese writing it seems to be that Japanese is where it's at! Also with Gaga championing Japanese style when she was seen pictured in a dress made of plush Hello Kittys! Dan Bailey who runs Japanese style blog (http://www.tokyodandy.com/) says that 'People are getting used to fashion that's more theatrical - Japan's been doing it for years.'
Gaga's style seems to be down to her stylist and good friend, Nicola Formichetti. Nicola, who is half Japanese herself and is fashion director of Vogue Hommes Japan.
So not only are Japanese looks inspired by Lady Gaga but also Henry Holland as he says he's inspired by Japanese fashion aswel as Katie Hillier who is creative consultant for Marc by Marc Jacobs who says 'Collaborations are a big thing and they love craft and tradition...and there's a whole store called Kiddy Land that is full of brilliant stuff - from full-size animal suits to Lego earphones - how coud you not be inspired by that?'.
For next season there seem to be more Japanese collection coming through than ever before. Japan, today is said to account for between 30-40% of luxury goods sales worldwide so this could be why so many designers are choosing to spend more time there. Gucci's Frida Giannini, Alber Elbaz, Dio's Kris Van Assche and Vivienne Westwood have all visited Tokyo recently.
The influencing has been streching to X factor's Diana Vickers and Marina and the Diamonds as they have both been spotted recently in hooded tops with animal ears. Christina Aguilera is even wearing Japanese designer Atsuko Kudo's rubber dress on the cover of her new album. 'Japanese fashion style is fearless, fun and fresh,which is why so many trends start over here' explains Dan Bailey.
So do you have an inner Japanista?