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This review is from: Fruits (Paperback)
Well, let me just start by saying you'll never find this kind of fashion sense in Britain! This truly seems to be a movement that could only come from Japan. And you don't realise how much of a shame that is until you look through this book, because page upon page is filled with something that at the least, is interesting, and at the most, completely indescribeable (in the nicest sence of the word). DIY approaches to fashion are married with the premier 'alternative' outlets in Tokyo (Milk seems to be a big favourite) which the wearers use to create personal forms of self expression, a uniqueness that sets them out.
Born out of a zine sharing the same name, Fruits has gradually evolved into a trend setting magazine that thousands read and use as inspiration. The further you read into the book, the more favourites you pick from it; from the Anglophile girl in tartan to the 'ultimate manga cartoon character', the fun that these people are having with their clothes jumps out of the page. Inspirational, evocative and envy-enducing are all words you can use to describe this book, but it's something you really have to see for yourself.
And to prove that this book is more than a senselessly preening vanity project, names and faces are given to the people behind the clothes, with mini interviews for each person. While barely being more than a few lines of information, it shows a personal approach to the fashion, rather than one man photographing the locals in an attempt to exploit them.
Bright, colourful and funny, it makes you wish you had some more interesting clothes in your wardrobe.