Ashley Clarke

Fashion

inside the facebook group opening up the fashion conversation to all

High Fashion Talk is the secretive Facebook group where fashion obsessives meet like-minded souls.
Ashley Clarke
6.19.19
Fashion

inside coconogacco, the school revolutionising japanese fashion

While Japan has produced some of fashion’s most breathtaking designers, recently there have been few notable exports. To remedy this, a new school in Tokyo is tearing up the rulebook on traditional Japanese fashion education, with surprising results…
Ashley Clarke
4.11.17
Fashion

what the closure of fruits magazine means for japanese street style

As the legendary magazine publishes its last issue, citing a lack of stylish individuals to photograph, where does this leave the state of street fashion in Japan?
Ashley Clarke
2.6.17
Culture

​a guide to the new tokyo underground

As part of their latest exhibition Japanese art collective Chim↑Pom gathered some of Tokyo’s most off-beat performers together and set them loose on the city. Virtually unknown overseas, here are the gritty talents hidden under Tokyo’s surface.
Ashley Clarke
11.11.16
Art

chim↑pom are raising a riot in tokyo’s red light district

Riffing on Tokyo's ever-transforming cityscape, So See You Again Tomorrow, Too? is the collective’s largest solo exhibition to date. The plot twist? It's all scheduled for demolition. We speak to Ellie and Ryuta about sex-workers, catching rats, and...
Ashley Clarke
10.27.16
Fashion

​the tokyo shop workers shaping the future of japanese fashion

Introducing Harajuku’s stylish community of shop staff, and exploring their influence on style in Japan.
Ashley Clarke
8.30.16
Fashion

sick sad metropolis: the emerging designers inspired by tokyo’s dark side

In a city where stress-related mental illness is on the rise and creativity is suffering, can a new underground movement help Tokyo get its experimental verve back?
Ashley Clarke
6.20.16
Fashion

is male beauty the next step for body image?

As Marc Jacobs sparks a male beauty movement with #MalePolish, and #makeupisgenderless trends, we look at what make-up means for men in 2016
Ashley Clarke
4.25.16
Fashion

​lessons in originality from tokyo’s club kids

In the past, Japan’s paradoxical penchant for ultra-conformity spawned some of the most original style tribes in the world. Now, the next generation is taking things further. Why, in a country that prizes fitting in, does unique style thrive?
Ashley Clarke
4.5.16
Fashion

​genderless kei: harajuku's online fashion revival

Genderless Kei is the Japanese fashion trend sweeping social media in 2016, signifying a move towards style that sits outside the gender binary, and challenging traditional ideas about what it means to dress like a boy.
Ashley Clarke
2.23.16