Gashicon’s Strange Ideas Catwalk HANGRY&ANGRY Fall & Winter Show
On May 19, fans gathered at h.NAOTO plus in Harajuku for the HANGRY&ANGRY fall and winter show, a collection of inventive garments that seemed they would be as fun to wear as they were to look at. Gashicon herself opened the show, coming out to introduce the coordinates as they went down the makeshift runway.
First came a pair of models in HANGRY and ANGRY hoods emblazoned with the characters’ faces, the image completed with tails screen-printed on the back of the garments. Gashicon was then joined by model Jurina to aid the emcee, making up the other half of a pair in a show that featured several dual-coordinates.
The next model came out, jumping, in a bright, oversized poncho with cat ears on the shoulders and an expansive shirt hem creating a funky silhouette. “I wanted to create some strange clothes,” Gashicon said as the model posed. “This one is like a ghost.” The theme was continued with the next shirt, a cute purple number cut to look like bat wings. One of the most interesting in the series was a baggy cutsew of Angry’s face, chest-height pockets replacing the character’s eyes. Pairing the shirt with sheet leggings and pantaloons created a mod outline that made the coordinate feel fresh and fun instead of gimmicky.
Color contrast was another theme, from black and pink harlequin tights and hot pink on red tulle to the stark black, red, and white of the characters themselves. This theme was used to impressive effect in a pair outfit of shirts emblazoned with half-faces of Hangry and Angry so that when the models stood together they became a Frankenstein mash-up of the characters.
A few outfits shifted away from the overall theme of casual t-shirts, including a gyaru-style coordinate that was purple trimmed with black lace and featured the currently popular tattoo-tights. Another had a cool ’50s vibe with a greaser jacket and short flared tulle skirt decorated with character faces. One of the most striking outfits was a massive balloon dress shaped like an oversized gumdrop. The model pulled up the skirt to show the layers upon layers of petticoats that had gone into creating the shape.
The accessories for the clothes also showed the collection’s whimsy, from HANGRY and ANGRY cookie-shaped necklaces to shoes covered in small stuffed animals. The final coordinate was the culmination of everything seen so far and elicited shocked gasps from the crowd as the model walked backwards onto the showroom floor: a giant, pillow-like Angry head hoodie with the back of the jacket a replica of Angry’s outfit. From behind it was like looking at the character in the flesh. “I’ve wanted to do this for a while! It’s hard to see, but here are her legs and arms,” Gashicon pointed out the small limbs attached to the jacket as everyone leaned forward to see.
Overall, the collection was inventive but still quite wearable–if you’re the type of person with the guts to wear a shirt with shoulder-ears, a pillow around your head, or a giant image of a cat being crucified. Gashicon has some strange ideas but excels at bringing them to reality in an accessible way, and even if it’s not a collection that suits your personal taste, it’s still quite something to see!
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