Tokyo and Seoul Fashion Weeks may have been cancelled, but the runways are not the only thing we look forward to each season. Unlike what we usually see at the four major fashion weeks, the streets of Tokyo and Seoul are consistently filled with experimental trendsetters who celebrate bright, bold and refreshing new looks.
While we’ll have to wait till things turn around before we can take in all the action on and off the runway, get your street style fix by scrolling through these dynamic Instagram accounts.
Mademoiselle Yulia is no stranger to the fashion scene; the street style favourite is a regular when it comes to getting snapped by photographers during fashion month. The DJ, singer and designer is known to be a style chameleon, with the ability to rock anything from dainty kimonos to avant-garde outfits from her label, Growing Pains.
Influencer twins Ami and Aya (known as AMIAYA) have taken the fashion world by storm with their pink bobbed hair and flamboyant, co-ordinated styles. The duo started out with street snaps in Tokyo’s Harajuku, and have gone on to make numerous appearances at fashion weeks around the world.
With her signature winged eyeliner and blunt cut bangs, model and street style star Akimoto Kozue has proven time and again her versatility in the style department. Having graced magazine covers and strutted down runways, Kozue’s impeccable style has also earned her a legion of followers on Instagram.
Meet 18-year-old Lala Takahashi, daughter of Japanese cult label Undercover‘s Jun Takahashi. Lala might be relatively new to the modeling scene, but she has already walked for brands like Dolce & Gabbana and Off-White and appeared in campaigns for Valentino and Uniqlo. Not to mention, she has an enviable style to boot.
Japanese tattoo model Chihiro is a budding street style star. A scroll through her posts brings up statement-making outfits that is based off smart layering and the inventive use of print and patterns.
Coco (or Coco Pink Princess) needs no introduction. The 9-year-old tastemaker boasts 667K followers and counting on Instagram, showcasing off-kilter, delightful looks that feature vintage pieces and brands such as Gucci and Balenciaga from her parents’ vintage store in the heart of Tokyo’s Harajuku district.
When she’s not taking photos to promote Caroline Diner where she works, store manager Rika Konouchi showcases her casual, off-beat style on her Instagram. She has been featured on street style magazines such as Drop Tokyo.
Tokyo Fashion features some of the most unexpected and over-the-top looks captured on the streets of Harajuku, Shibuya and other areas of Tokyo. Check out the account for the coolest street style inspiration from well-dressed individuals.
Whether it’s her fun hair choices or colourful outfits, Irene Kim is the epitome of edgy eclecticism. The social media darling travels around the world, modeling for major fashion houses and appearing at fashion events. Her fun-loving personality has also earned her a legion of loyal followers on Instagram.
Actress turned influencer Ki Eun-se‘s posts on her stylish wardrobe, beauty tips and world travels have made her a certified Instagram star. Take cues from her chic OOTDs.
The former contestant on Korea’s Next Top Model cycle 2 has gone on to model for major brands and fashion houses, as well as establish a strong social media presence. Hae-na documents her travel adventures and fitness regime, and showcases casual outfits with a twist.
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Park Tae-min is undeniably the epitome of effortless cool. Besides posting content relating to his work as a model, Park proves he’s got a keen eye for fashion by constantly exploring different fashion styles in his outfit snaps.
From walking at Seoul Fashion Week to becoming a favourite of Chanel, Jung Ho-yeon has come a long way in her modeling career. Whether it’s backstage and runway pictures to travel snapshots, tag along her Instagram for an inside look at her life as a model.
Korean model and actress Lee Ho-jung has not only graced the pages of many publications, she has also made appeared in drama series and films such as Midnight Runners, as well as music videos. Follow her for style inspo that balances trends with simplicity and comfort.
Korean Instagram influencer Mulbada is known for her girly style with with an edge (think: long dresses, animal print skirts, and leather jackets) and beauty tips. She also has her own fashion brand called Unbutton, which offers fashionable separates in pastel hues.
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No article about Korean street style would be complete without established fashion photographer Jay Lim. Scroll through his Instagram for all the latest and coolest looks from Korean celebs, models and everyday fashionistas.