Models are not blank slates for styling: they must be protagonists for the lifestyle narrative.
The rest of this clast post is Shibuya style fashion industry scuttlebutt; it does not match the above for intellectual gloss.
But then against such a Sartrean invocation, albeit one about cute teenager fashion, almost any statement would slouch away, whimpering.
"Protagonists for the lifestyle narrative"...ooooohhh.
Though it is damn essentialist of me, after observing the dress habits of the young on parade in front of Meiji Jingu, in Shibuya, around Shimokitazawa and in Kichijōji, I can't help but feel that one of the distinctive features of Japanese cultural life is the sense of clothing as performance.