Anime conventions are now including cosplay fashion shows. Anime Central of Chicago created an anime fashion show called Khaotic Kouture, mashing up different styles of anime fashion.
Otaku female models reigned, but Decora, the rave-like threads, and even some Steampunked fashion were on the stage. Visual-kei was visual for the pretty boys, and Lolita showed adult women dressed up as pre-pubescent children.
Implications - Dressing up is a pastime that never seems to go away. Whether it's adults or kids, both demographics have found comfort in the world of cosplaying where they're free to express themselves in a playful matter. Incorporating the world of cartoons and fantastical elements is a great idea for brands looking to think outside the box when designing collections.