Compared to European royal families, the Japanese imperial surname has a much stricter dress code. In the UK, an online store can collapse because of hundreds of people wanting to buy the same dress as Meghan Markle, in Spain, Queen Letizia sets the trends. The entire fashion world is trying to guess whether Danish Prince Nicholas will appear on the Dior Homme and Burberry catwalks in the new season. In Japan, things are very different.
However, the name of the former emperor Akihito is associated not only with the era of Heisei ("Establishment of Peace"), he will also go down in history as a man of impeccable taste. In public, His Majesty appeared in double-breasted jackets, perfectly fitting trousers, often wore textured tweed, skillfully handled accessories and chose shoes in elegant English silhouettes. Akihito's wife Michiko was also an example of good taste. Unlike her husband, she was a supporter of the national Japanese costume and most often went out in kimono (mostly in calm colors).
The current emperor Naruhito and his wife Masako adhere to very conservative views on clothing, it is understandable: the protocol dictates its own. Although in his youth, being a prince, Naruhito loved much less formal things: light trousers resembling chinos, relaxed jackets, a cage. As time went on, his clothing became much more discreet.
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Most of Naruhito's wardrobe is taken up by navy blue suits. The jacket is most often single-breasted, however, sometimes the emperor appears in the light and in a double-breasted jacket. Shirts, as a rule, are white or with a thin, slightly noticeable strip, almost always - under cufflinks, made in yellow gold or platinum. During special events, Naruhito always wears a three-piece suit.
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The emperor's shoes are also very strict: derby, penny loafers and other classics. The emperor puts on bright ties, and, accompanied by them, chooses a pasha, and often made of the same material as the tie. He folds the scarf in different ways, depending on the situation.
Empress Masako, who was educated at Oxford and Harvard, also wears clothes belonging to Western classical fashion, for which the Japanese press criticizes her, believing that the monarch should appear more often in the world in emphatically Japanese clothes. As a rule, the empress wears a costume consisting of a jacket and a midi-skirt. Masako never bares her hands and rarely appears without a headdress. Her dressing style has a lot from the Western trends of the 80s: well-defined shoulders, blazers with wide contrasting piping, large buttons, colors like aqua, burgundy, electric blue. Most of the Empress's wardrobe is created by tailors, however, the Chanel bouclé suit also found a place.
Empress Masako in Chanel costume © noboru hashimoto / Corbis via Getty Images
Curiously, Masako cannot be seen in a dress or suit with prints. The only option is things made of printed silk with national Japanese patterns. The wardrobe is dominated by light shades, and often pastel: vanilla, pistachio, pink.
As for jewelry, in 90% of outlets Masako wears exclusively pearls: brooches, earrings, rings and, of course, necklaces. This is quite natural: Japanese catchers have been mining for pearls for centuries, in addition, it was in Japan that a biological miracle happened by the forces of Kokichi Mikimoto - he managed to create the perfect cultured pearl. Of course, the imperial family owns a fair amount of Mikimoto's jewelery, and this jewelery house greatly outnumbered others.
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For the first public appearance in the status of empress Masako chose almost the same set that she wore on her wedding day with Naruhito: a long-sleeved dress (in one case in a lime shade, in the other - in yellow), a hat, a string of pearls and white gloves …
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However, there is nothing surprising here: Masako has a rather pragmatic approach to fashion. Even at such a solemn event as the coronation of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and Queen Maxima in 2013, she wore the same silk costume as at Emperor Akihito's birthday party in 2010.
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