The time is now and the focus is on Asia – Asian street style fashion to be more specific. International street style sites like The Sartorialist, Garance Dore and Facehunter have given us a brief teasing look at the region’s fashion scene in their sojourns across Asia. For a more indepth look at this growing continent, here are ten street style sites that best illustrate the trends and fads from these rising nations and no, the focus is not solely on Japan!
10. Bangkok; Mode (TH)
It’s rather unfortunate that Bangkok; Mode has been lax on updating for when it did the website served as a great barometer of the signature cool Thai style. One of the best aspects of this street style site was the strong appreciation for local talents – the majority of clothes featured are made in Thailand.
With their last update in February of this year, let’s hope that this isn’t the last we see of this purveyor of Bangkok fashion.
Visit the site at http://bangkokmode.blogspot.com/.
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9. Fashion Snap (JP)
To get your fill of stylish Japanese folk, Fashion Snap is a one-stop spot to soak up on some serious style. Featuring a diverse range of looks – from Gothic Lolitas, to the famous street urchin trend, the site does not discriminate against any style tribe, instead celebrating the differences in all.
Fashion Snap also runs as a general fashion website, so on it you’ll be able to keep updated with fashion news. With daily updates on the street style front, you can expect a constant stream of inspiration from The Land of the Rising Sun.
Visit the site at http://www.fashionsnap.com/.
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8. Style-Tips (HK)
With the focus sharply on Hong Kong, Style-Tips is a fashion website that has many features, one of which is the regularly updated ‘Snapshot’ section.
Hong Kong street style is loud and proud on Style-Tips where your typical international brands (ala monogrammed bags) usually associated with the female locales are ignored for more indie and elusive finds.
Visit the site at http://www.style-tips.com/.
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7. StyleBible (PH)
As one of Philippine’s premier fashion website, StyleBible is the nation’s frontier when it comes to covering and dissecting the local fashion and style scene. StyleBible doesn’t quite capture the style on the streets per se, but instead it has its pulse firmly on the scene, providing an intricate behind-the-scenes eye at fashion in Philippines.
StyleBible ranks on this list for its indepth look at what the stylemakers of Philippines are wearing. That these people are usually wearing local designers is also a great boon for viewers as it exposes a design scene that is often neglected.
Visit the site at http://www.stylebible.ph/.
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6. Style Arena (JP)
When Sueann went to Japan, she was amazed by the remarkable fashion subcultures that existed in the nation. Though it might seem impossible that locality could dictate fashion style, Style Arena proves that that is indeed the case.
With a style focus spread over five fashion districts in Japan, Harajuku, Shibuya, Omotesando, Daikanyama and Ginza, Style Arena provides a glimpse into the different stylings of the top fashion districts in Japan. So in essence, you not only get one but five different streams of style from one of the most fashionable countries in the world!
Visit the site at http://www.style-arena.jp/.
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5. Wear About (IN)
As India continues to prosper, so does the local style scene and thanks to Wear About, we can be privy to the changes happening in Bombay. The cultural shift from traditional to modern often evokes some of the most iconic and memorable images and Manou, the author of the site does a great job of capturing the changing spirit.
Juxtaposed against a classic backdrop of Indian richness, emerging stylistas can be found cavorting in a mix of trendy wares with traditional twists. The devil cannot be found in these details, but a colourful visual story of the age old clash between East-meets-West exists instead.
Visit the site at http://wearabout.wordpress.com/.
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4. P1 (CH)
Based in China, P1 is a very exclusive members-only private social networking site where members can “expand business networks, share experiences and participate in events”. While I couldn’t ascertain for sure what exactly that meant due to a lack of membership, one of the highlights of the site is the street style snaps taken across China.
Showing a keen trendy modernity, the Chinese citizens prove to be no slack on the fashion front. No surprises given the nation’s rising status in the world and the proliferation of international brands there.
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3. Garbage Lapsap (MY)
Offering frequent updates on the local Malaysian fashion street style scene, Garbage Lapsap reads like a comic of style. Both genders are well-represented here showcasing the signature Malaysian style of comfortable chic.
It’s easy to discount Malaysian style especially when compared with our fashionable neighbours but as we can see through the pictures at Garbage Lapsap, style is indeed within our genes, even if it’s a subtler and slightly simpler take on everyday fashion.
Visit the site at http://garbagelapsap.com/.
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2. Cracker Your Wardrobe (ROK)
Cracker Your Wardrobe is South Korea’s first free street style magazine and if the online website is anything to go by, style with a side of fun is the element of the day. Capturing a variety of style on the street, Cracker Your Wardrobe stands out for its seemingly candid and playful shots of people. The overall feel is rather akin to sitting on a park bench and people-watching.
Though the magazine and website is based and Korea, as are the majority of style shots, Cracker Your Wardrobe also offers a view at what other citizens of nations are wearing – from exotic far-flung places like Israel to your usual style fronts of Sweden, New York and UK.
Visit the site at http://thecracker.co.kr/.
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1. DropSnap (JP)
The Japanese have a reputation for being rather fearless in the fashion arena and the wild closet experiments of the countryfolk find a place to call home at DropSnap. The street style site chronicles the mythical Japanese je nai sais quoi sartorial sense that often treads the line of total OTT and kitschy wonder.
Style and what constitutes it in Japan are explored in the high-quality clear pictures available on the site, and if there’s any lesson to be gleaned off a visit to DropSnap is to never repress your personal style and choose boldness instead.
Visit the site at http://droptokyo.com/street.
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Of course there are many other street style sites that exists around the continent. Do share some of your favourites!