Whether you're a fulltime nudist or a mere Folsom Street Fair tourist who suddenly finds yourself bereft of tush-covering after a hot dom cat-whips the ass of your fancy jeans off ("insta-chaps") -- you'll want to print out one of our official SFBG Butt Guardians to comply with Supervisor Scott Weiner's proposal that bare butts be placed on some sort of suitable covering in order for public nudity to remain lawful in San Francisco.
Outside on Post Street and in the Japantown Peace Plaza, pastel-colored babydoll dresses flounce past homemade space-samauri hoods. Everyone's wearing really long turquoise wigs (they're clones of the Vocaloid character Hatsune Miku, try to stay with us here), gaudy plastic baubles glued to their fingernails. A judge at the Baby The Stars Shine Bright runway contest is pleased with one contestant's canny use of a plush llama as accessory. "I like how you incorporated alpaca -- that's really 'in' in Japan these days."
Whimsy was a central characteristic at the heart of this year's J-Pop Summit Festival. But it wasn't all eye-popping plastic and the gluing of themed objects to your pigtail hairpiece. Inside the welcome cool of the New People mall's top-floor Superfrog Gallery, a more sober form of fashion was being explored. Sou Sou's Takeshi Wakabayashi was explaining his brand's commitment to blending traditional forms of Japanese clothing with modern textiles. Read more »