This time weâre focusing exclusively on Pokemon.
The experts: the world class team of beauty and fashion editors who make up POPSUGAR Australia and Who What Wear Australia.
Letâs meet them.
OKAY, LETâS REVIEW THE FASHION!
Lisa: Ash is the perfect example of someone being so great at their job it doesnât matter what they wear. Heâs the Steve Jobs of Pokemon trainers.
Ashling: The ultimate chill, cool-dude get-up: baseball cap, denim, open shirt layered over a v-neck. I mean heâs my kind-of namesake so is automatically cool. 😉
Genevieve: I know this guy! Heâs a little cutie. But heâs just a kid, right? We canât judge his style, his mum probably picked it out for him. (But Ash, please try and stick to a more cohesive colour scheme next time. And why is your shirt stained poo brown?)
Alexandra: When the animator was designing Ash, he had a picture of Michael J. Fox circa Back to the Future stuck on the wall. He doesnât get a lot of outfit alterations throughout the series either, but heâs made it iconic so I canât really fault it. Sometimes an outfit is all about the attitude.
Lisa: Alain, we need to talk. Harem pants are not for tucking into bootsâthose are skinny jeans my friend. Harem pants are for people whoâve just come back from finding themselves in Peru and quote Neruda a lot and rarely shower. Also why is the Cheshire Catâs tail wrapped around your neck?
Ashling: I find it really hard to layer clothing well â itâs a combination of either not owning enough layerable clothing or just laziness â but this guy looks perfectly prepped for trans-seasonal weather. Is that scarf hand-made?
Genevieve: This guy is clearly pretty chic and with a name like Alain, how could he not be? Is that a scarf around his neck, or a creature? Iâm not 100 percent sure but either way, he needs to keep it. Iâm not into the gloves (too Michael Jackson circa âBadâ) but I am into the effort heâs put in layering 3 pieces on his top half.
Alexandra: I have a few questions about Alainâs scarf. Is it alive? Is it a Pokemon? Or does Alain simply exist in a lower level of gravity where scarfs float and clothes remain nicely aerated. Jokes at Alainâs expense aside, the kid looks fresh off the Marc Jacobs AW18 runway. Elevated sports luxe with a touch of effeminate fancy. Classic MJ.
Lisa: Apparently the only part of Dawnâs body that feels the cold is her neck. Thatâs the only reasonable explanation for this outfit which consists of a skirt the size of a postage stamp, a singlet, one of Harvey Specterâs vests and A SCARF. Get changed Dawn, youâre not going out like that.
Ashling: WHAT FUN! I mean, sheâs wearing millennial pink, so she already wins.
Genevieve:Â MILLENNIAL PINK! Also, moon boots as fashion? Comfort level: extreme. Dawn is way ahead of her time, and she knows it.
Alexandra: Dawn looks like a classic US basic circa 2005. You know, the mall-strolling, Ugg-wearing (she actually is wearing Uggs, right?), gum-chewing basic with way too many accessories. I can see six items I would have previously listed as âinstant outfit updatersâ in my mag days: beanie, hairclips, neck scarf, vest (so â00s!), wrist watch and black knee-high socks. Actually, I think Britney Spears wore this exact outfit to the premier of Crossroads.
Lisa: Maybe I shouldnât have been so harsh on Dawnâthis guy is walking around in a pirate coat with no shirt on. Also, can we talk about the size of his collar? Iâll say it. That collar is compensating for something.
Ashling: I have so many questions for this dude. Is he shirtless under that trench? Why? Is that intentional? How long did it take to grow that moustache? Is it easy to maintain? Doesnât it get in the way when he tries to speak?
Genevieve: Drake looks mad at me so Iâll tread carefully. You know, the coat is incredible. The belt, if you add a metal G, is a dead ringer for the Gucci one âfashion girlsâ canât seem to get enough of. And the harem pants are always a yes in terms of effortless style. But all I can see is that moustache, and Iâd much prefer if that wasnât the case. Let it go, Drake. Show off that chiseled jaw.
Alexandra: Iâll pay the nautical nod to John Galliano, but thereâs a fine line between couture and costume, and unfortunately this is the latter.
Lisa: Elesa is wearing Gen Z Yellow which means sheâs too young to know what happens to your abs when your metabolism goes to shit.
Ashling: This is also another very on-trend colour â yellow. I kinda dig this â it may be a bit weird â like, I still donât really know whatâs going on here with the dangly stuff â but she manages to wear a skimpy outfit well.
Genevieve: Iâm going to go right ahead and assume those headphone tentacles do something powerful – otherwise Iâm not sure why theyâre there. Tights get a rough trot as a fashion faux pas but with legs like those Iâm glad Elesa is throwing caution to the wind. Also, we have another trendsetter in our midst: Gen Z yellow is a total thing right now, and Elesa was there first.
Alexandra: There is no doubt jazzed-up headphones have had several runway moments. Dolce and Gabbanna, Fendi, Chanel, but these look more Alexander Wang. Lots of cut-outs, a minimal colour palette, skin-tight leggings, oh sheâs even wearing a chocker, this is a Wang girl for sure.
Lisa: Lose the old man braces and sheâs basically Bella Thorne.
Ashling: So. Damn. Cute. I love everything about this â the bright denim overalls, the crop top, the pig tails . . . Would actually copy this and wear in Summer. Or if I was going to a music festival.
Genevieve: How cute is this gal! And why isnât she in Bondi where she belongs?
Alexandra: Now Misty I know well, and I have long lamented that she is dressed like a tween who was sent to Summer Camp and grew out of all her clothes. The top is shrunk, her shorts are basically underwear, and I know sheâs wearing braces that would suggest she needs them to hold up too-big pants, but Iâd argue girl is using that stretch to strap down her boobs that just grew in â mum forgot to pack her training bra. And the side pony. I canât.
Lisa: Not jokingâis this a Gossip Girl character? I smell a lawsuit.
Ashling: This is nice but in a sort of average way. Nothing super offensive or weird, just very stock standard female video game character sort of thing. The teeny tiny waist, short mini skirt, thigh high socks, voluminous hair…
Genevieve: OK this girl is so clearly based on Serena Van Der Woodsen from Gossip Girl â or is it vice versa? Serena is definitely the most popular girl in school. Thereâs too much going on but she pulls it off in a Cher Horowitz kinda way. Do people wear sunglasses on their hats? This has me confused.
Alexandra: Hey girl! Serena reminds me exactly of Stacey from The Baby-Sitters Club. Stacey grew up in NYC but then moved to the provinces (well, Stoneybrook) living her big city life behind but keeping that sense of fashion. It was also the â90s. Serena, Stacey, same thing.
Lisa: Steven is that weird pale guy in his late â20s who only dates art school students, has a put on English accent and swears heâs Noel Fieldingâs second best friend. (A quick FB search will tell you he grew up in Padstow and used to wear Etnies and a lot of Billabong.)
Ashling: Iâm getting a bit of Dorian Grey and weirdly, Targaryen vibes from this guy? (Is it the hair I wonder?)
Genevieve: Can I just say that I had NO idea Pokemon had so many human characters. Is this a recent development? I feel like Steven should give Matt Preston his cravat back and maybe ease up on the skin-tight trousers. The torture devices around his wrists can go, and then I think weâve got a pretty slick dude! Cool hair.
Alexandra: If you told me Steven was Karl Lagerfeldâs new muse/companion I wouldnât be surprised. Iâd probably stalk his social media and write five stories about him. His hair colour is my next big pick for colour trends (pink is done), Kylie Jenner has already tried it so as soon as Summer festival season hits youâll see it everywhere, topped with a flower crown. The only part of the outfit I think Karl would veto is the crown-like jacket cuffs. He leads the house of Chanel and Coco always said âtake one thing off before you leave the houseâ, plus, Karl doesnât like being upstaged.
Lisa: I refuse to comment. Get it? That was a garbage joke. (Did it again.)
Ashling: What . . . is this thing and is it OK? It looks scared shitless and in need of a tender loving home.
Genevieve: Um, I love its colouring? Khaki green is all the rage for interiors. And the millennial pink on his/her wings doesnât go unnoticed â stylish touch, Trubbish.
Alexandra: I feel like youâve added Trubbish as a joke in an otherwise very serious examination of Anime outfits.