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  • Updated Jun 18, 2020

    Wikipedia states that the term Iki “is a contemporary expression of Japanese aesthetics.” Iki, according to Wikipedia, “is an expression of simplicity, sophistication, spontaneity and originality. It is ephemeral, romantic, straightforward, measured … and lacking in … self consciousness.” Wikipedia continues, “Iki is not overly refined, pretentious, complicated, showy … yet iki may exhibit any of those traits in a smart, direct and unabashed manner.” The realization of Iki depends on one’s style demonstrating “clear… blunt, unwavering directness.”

    I stumbled across this idea in an article and I thought it warranted discussion/was curious if anyone had examples of outfits that reflect "Iki"

    edit: I acknowledge my Eurocentric worldview on this subject! If anyone of Japanese origin/descent can provide further insight/clarity into this concept it would be greatly appreciated. I’m an admirer of style from all corners of the world, and I am eager to learn more about global style tribes!

    will update OP with photos as I come across them or others contribute itt. I figured this thread could be used as a place to discuss style principles without explicitly referencing the consumption of clothes/products. I'm hopeful that others will be interested in discussing dress removed from upcoming drops or hyped collaborations. I'll update the thread as I find articles focused on things within the fashion sphere that interest me, and encourage you all to to the same !

    “Iki (aesthetics).” Wikipedia, 29, Dec. 2019, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/iki_(aesthetics). Accessed 16 June
    2020


    a photo of James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause that channels Iki as Wikipedia outlines the aesthetic sensibility imo: the look is supremely confident and unassuming yet is undeniably romantic and elegant.


    Shia for Wmag photographed by Juergen Teller

  • Jun 16, 2020

    Gonna come back and go through all of this later, but in on thread from you esp your first

  • Jun 16, 2020

    What a coincidence the name of my new streetwear brand is Iki. It features Japanese aesthetics and a James Dean photo tee

    Thanks op

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    This is interesting though. It's a little challenging conceptually because it seems to be so broad. clothing, writing, food, design, etc. And not rooted in any kind of class ethos. feel like it is a tough one to define within the confines of japanese society without a point of contact, but I imagine that would become more clear with more reading

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    This is interesting though. It's a little challenging conceptually because it seems to be so broad. clothing, writing, food, design, etc. And not rooted in any kind of class ethos. feel like it is a tough one to define within the confines of japanese society without a point of contact, but I imagine that would become more clear with more reading

    You’re right! It’s an Intriguing enough concept that I think warrants further research/investigation. I’ll deepen my understanding of it and get back itt!

  • Jun 18, 2020
    joh

    Supreme would prob drop this if they could get away with it

  • Jun 18, 2020

    damn really interesting stuff

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  • I cannot imagine something less iki than James Dean lmao.

    Love how the OP managed to sort of ignore the whole point of it being material wealth and upper sophistication channeled through lower and working class appearances.

    Anything in Hollywood would be incapable of being Iki imo.

    An Americanised Iki would be the owner of a construction company going to one of his sites wearing a regular looking blue collar shirt, but made with Sea Island Cotton and silk lining); a regular looking belt, but the leather is Hermés quality leather; some regular beige pants, but they are custom made with high quality cotton and with merino wool linen lining; and some work boots, again from utmost high quality leather with gold tipped laces/eyelets (white gold, as yellow is too obvious).

    The point of Iki is that the showcasing of wealth is there but is only acknowledged/known by the rich person wearing them as they are hidden in the appearances of the lower class peers.

  • Mandolin Man

    I cannot imagine something less iki than James Dean lmao.

    Love how the OP managed to sort of ignore the whole point of it being material wealth and upper sophistication channeled through lower and working class appearances.

    Anything in Hollywood would be incapable of being Iki imo.

    An Americanised Iki would be the owner of a construction company going to one of his sites wearing a regular looking blue collar shirt, but made with Sea Island Cotton and silk lining); a regular looking belt, but the leather is Hermés quality leather; some regular beige pants, but they are custom made with high quality cotton and with merino wool linen lining; and some work boots, again from utmost high quality leather with gold tipped laces/eyelets (white gold, as yellow is too obvious).

    The point of Iki is that the showcasing of wealth is there but is only acknowledged/known by the rich person wearing them as they are hidden in the appearances of the lower class peers.

    Thanks for contributing! I haven’t done enough reading on this topic regrettably, and I wholeheartedly appreciate your clarification. I hope to update this thread with further info regarding Iki and would happily include your insights in the OP if you’d like!

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