• Bright Colors

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    To say the Japanese are still taken with preppy style would be to vastly understate their ongoing love affair with our American heritage. Japan’s Popeye magazine editorializes the latest affectation of prep style in their January 2011 edition. Photographed by Junji Hata with styling by Tomoki Sukezane, bright colors comes together for a smart showing with a playful kick few would dare replicate (count me as one of the few).

    Images via Popeye

    Dec 17, 2010 | Permalink (18) Total Comments

    Wrecked Stellar left a comment on 12/31/2010 at 3:47 PM:

    Yeah, totally love the last look. Pink and Green (in those specific shades) FTW.

    S. N. Carpeaux left a comment on 12/21/2010 at 11:34 PM:

    The color usage is stunning.

    UnabashedFan left a comment on 12/21/2010 at 3:29 AM:

    the word that comes to mind is: swagger.

    Victoria left a comment on 12/20/2010 at 12:12 PM:

    I’m all about being traditional, but those pants in the first picture are amazing.

    PITIMINÍ left a comment on 12/20/2010 at 4:11 AM:


    chris W. left a comment on 12/18/2010 at 2:57 PM:

    Elizabeth V.—the images have a very high saturation, indeed making them brighter than they are in real life. (But I’m sure they’re quite vivid in and of themselves, despite Photoshop!)

    Elizabeth V. left a comment on 12/18/2010 at 1:44 AM:

    It looks to me as if someone Photoshopped the images to appear unnaturally vivid. Are these items actually this bright in real life?

    Also, I’m with bunny—I mostly see only sidebar type pieces about preppy women’s fashion, with a few items displayed sans model. I’d love to see a full prep-oriented editorial too.

    bunny left a comment on 12/17/2010 at 9:33 PM:

    i’m sorta jealous that preppy is a trend for men right now cuz i *never* see editorials like this in my vogue or bazaar. editorials are heightened reality based homage. imagine a law student who treats the world like a school mock trial…and u r half way there. have to say i do like all the gth pants (would wear them truer to size) and the cute sweater. the saturated colors are brilliant, yet the images look flat and papery like a paper doll. it’s fun.

    Shawn left a comment on 12/17/2010 at 9:30 PM:

    In the picture where the model is drinking the corona, are those tod’s driving mocs?

    chris W. left a comment on 12/17/2010 at 8:01 PM:

    It’s a fashion editorial. Most looks are put together in a quirky, artsy, and yes—unwearable way. It’s done on purpose. Pick up any high fashion magazine and you’ll see similar editorials, be it for blokes or gals—it’s not saying “Here, run outside on the street dressed as such!” It’s just putting key pieces together in a fun and quirky way. So relaaax, if you don’t like it, then don’t wear it.

    On another note, I love the kelly green pieces. I don’t particularly like where those pink shorts hit… could be the model’s height, but it’s unflattering at such a length, even on a handsome lad such as he (Alien? Are you kidding??).

    Richard Ross left a comment on 12/17/2010 at 6:07 PM:

    Those green shoes! Any idea on what those are?

    Tonia left a comment on 12/17/2010 at 4:48 PM:

    my son would so love all the ensembles! I love all the looks, so not the normal.

    Bee left a comment on 12/17/2010 at 3:50 PM:

    So playful, makes ya smile and then think “what the heck?” None the less, fun to look at. Nice job.

    VB left a comment on 12/17/2010 at 2:37 PM:

    In the world of Japanese style/fashion this is tame.

    Lauren left a comment on 12/17/2010 at 11:25 AM:

    Although I’m not a fan of the outfits themselves, I do love the idea of the editorial. Along with the lacrosse motifs, this editorial is like a marriage between the ‘Lax Bro’ and high fashion. (Us lacrosse players love our bright colors!)

    Tito left a comment on 12/17/2010 at 10:44 AM:

    On the first model (top to bottom) I’ll do the penny loafers & the bow tie.
    For the Rugby University Quartered Corduroy you have to be super stylish to pull it off.
    And the model drinking beer, I’ll do the Gant by Michael Bastian A/W 2010 Lacrosse sweater ( when it goes down on sale I guess)
    Bottom line is that each model are wearing stylish items, the combos may not work here in the USA for some people but in other parts of the world this combos are BRILLIANT!
    God Bless FEC!

    JOHN LEXINGTON left a comment on 12/17/2010 at 9:25 AM:

    not my style, but i guess if you can pull it off. i do however, like most of the shoes.

    George Mueller left a comment on 12/17/2010 at 8:20 AM:

    I have read many volumes on the prep lifestlye, and remember encountering the distinction between a true prep and a dandy.  Now there is something that is truly classic and timeless with traditional prep clothing—- white oxford, navy blazer, khaki chinos, etc.  But I have always been partial to extreme variations and interpretations on this traditional motif.  What prevents this from being “trendy,” as John H. in the previous post is quite understandably concerned about, is that these looks clearly fall within the definition of preppy.  There are certain things a prep or dandy must always do to avoid being labeled trendy—- tie with oxford and no socks with boat shoes or loafers. And the dandy look—- as these clearly show—- is much more colorful and lively than the traditional prep attire.  There is almost something careless or insousciant about traditional prep clothing.  All the traditional preps I know wear nothing but oxfords and boat shoes, but their oxfords are too baggy and their chino pants to wide.  A dandy is very conscious both about color and fit.  Good job on these looks and thanks to the boardmaster for posting this!