The western rock and pop influence reigns most trends but original Japanese trends often mix into them in very successful manners. In fact, there are some local Japanese boy bands that are considered to be fashion icons not only their home country, but even in other western nations. They have that impact, because of their trend-setting ways.
Three recent trends in male fashion might seem a little strange to the western eye but in Japan they were heartily welcomed. One is the male-bra which is ought to give men a stronger understanding of what women feel. And most of men’s fashion is about empathising with women, so it’s quite understandable that men actually wear it. They feel closer to women and better packed in their styling.
"It's fun, but no joke," male hosiery-wearer Harisnya told News.com. He's so adamant that both men and women should be encouraged to wear the sexy, sheer garment, he has set up a Web site to promote it. "Men have great legs and hosiery is a great way to show them. It's quite practical in some ways. It prevents chafing, for example, when horse riding or cycling, but it's also a good alternative to bulky underwear if you need some warmth."
Since 2002 the salon boys have their own medium of expression in the CHOKi CHOKi (“snip snip”) magazine, which features real-life hair stylists as models. Keeping up with and setting fashion trends is a professional necessity for salon boys. Clients expect their hair stylist to adopt, model, and advise on the latest trends. And the salon boys' metrosexual style has proven to be popular with both men and women. Salon boys are credited with launching unisex trends symbolized by fedora hats, narrow ties, and long cardigans