For those who expressed interest, I’m still adding to the fashion styles / style tribes list. I promise to post it when it’s ready.
On a semi-related topic…
“Furry” is another fashion subculture that I’d forgotten to include in my original list. It’s been around for sometime, though the first time I’d seen it was in the online virtual world, Second Life, with avatars who self-identified and dressed as a “furry” or neko (cat-specific.) With the tiniest bit of research, I sense that there are multiple style tribes related to this trend. Does anyone know anything about this? WGSN is our only trend forecasting database, but I didn’t find much there.
I think the most benign version of this trend has perhaps run its course. (Hot Topics has apparently made a mint selling mall kids furry tails to pin to their trousers as a fashion statement. Some kids also wear furry ears fixed to a headband, furry earmuffs and paw mittens.)
The trend, in some cases, was apparently related to werewolves and the Twilight series, but other teens have been seen wearing foxtails and racoon tails. (I don’t know what that’s all about.) I’m guessing the furries with feline characteristics (mostly girls, I think) are more into the Japanese anime/manga/ cosplay side of this trend.
Please let me know if you know anything more about this trend, or related style tribes. I’ll update my list accordingly. Thanks!
Sandra (FTC SIG Moderator)