may have been officially canceled, but the fall 2020 collections live on through look books and shows live-streamed across the internet. After all, the runways were only ever one element of the event’s appeal. Each season, Tokyo’s streets were overflowing with bold new fashions, courtesy of innovative style stars who pushed the envelope with their daring looks. In other cities, you’ll find digital content creators clad in Scandi-chic staples, or actresses wearing the latest designer fare. But Tokyo is the only place where you’ll see rainbow-haired Harajuku denizens in sky-high platforms, performance artists in homemade getups that put cosplayers to shame, and flamboyant beauties who pair tutus with fluorescent combat boots.
The ideas that made their way onto the streets were fantastical fodder for designers—or, indeed, anyone interested in fashion without boundaries. Sure, you’ll have to wait until next season to enjoy the shows in person, but a street style fix is easy to come by. A scroll through the feeds of Instagram’s Tokyo trendsetters is almost as good as being there.
Writer, editor, and LVMH Prize scout, Yu Masui is a constant in street style photographs from around the globe. You’re as likely to see him in Paris wearing neon Nikes and Dries Van Noten, as you are to catch him front row in Tokyo in mixed prints and dramatic designs from a brand you’ve yet to hear of. Always one step ahead of the crowd, his feed offers a preview of where fashion is headed.
The official source for all things street style, Tokyo Fashion contributes to Vogue’s annual portfolio of Fashion Week looks, but its eye-catching content goes all year round. The beautifully photographed shots of chic people from all walks of life offer an overview of everything happening in the city as it relates to great clothes; prepare to spend an hour or two merely taking it all in.
Born in Japan and raised in New York from the age of 16 onward, musician, editor, and stylist Nina Utashiro is a genuinely global creative, and her feed reflects that. Whether she’s sharing music under the name Thirteen13, or the latest spreads from her magazine Petrichor, each update is fascinating and outside the box.
There is no one quite like the designer, Dice-K. On Instagram, he moves between explorations of extraterrestrial glam, performance art, elf ears, angel wings, vampirism, and anything else you can think up. His brand, GlamHate, channels all those ideas into sexed-up streetwear with a gothic edge.
Disability activist Keita Tokunaga is one of the most stylish regulars at the Tokyo collections and his Instagram account, Wheelchair Fashion reflects that. By using social media to counter stereotypes, he’s helping to make fashion a more inclusive space.
Harajuku legend Junnyan only wants to make you smile. With his rainbow hair, upbeat attitude, and Lisa Frank–worthy fashions, he is sure to do just that. If you need a mood boost, scroll through his feed of technicolor updates featuring his equally colorful friends.
Harajuku Fashion Walk
The brainchild of Junnyan, Harajuku Fashion Walk compiles the best in street style from the famed district. More than a street style account, it’s also an annual event that brings out hundreds of people each year to share in the fun of all things kawaii.