Is Color-Code Japan’s Answer to Lady Gaga?

J-Pop has a new girl group on the scene, and they call themselves “Color-Code.” Their debut single “I Like Dat” debuted just last September, and as you can hear in the video above, the song is very catchy.

I think they have the potential to become big. Catchy music is one thing, but today you need more than that to become a j-pop sensation. Complete with crazy outfits, the music video definitely has some edge to it.

I think Color-Code has potential because of one key person: Nicola Formichetti.

Unless you’re on top of the scene, the Italian-Japanese fashion director may not ring a bell, but one artist he has collaborated with certainly will: Lady Gaga.

Formichetti (left) with Gaga // Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images

Formichetti directed fashion for hits such as ‘Bad Romance’ and ‘Telephone,’ and he was a key designer for the memorable meat dress from the 2010 VMAs. While he may no longer collaborate with Gaga due to other projects (including Color-Code), his work is evidently unique and bold.

An easy way to get a glimpse into his world is to check out his Instagram.

In addition to working with Gaga, he also designed and collaborated for Uniqlo, French fashion house Mugler, Italian clothing company Diesel, and rappers Brooke Candy and Azealia Banks.

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu with Nicola Formichetti // DAZED

What makes the Color-Code project even more unique is that he created it himself.

Formichetti had over 2,000 contestants compete on a program called ‘Pop Icon Contest Tokyo,’ and the winners Moriyasu Mako, Yasukawa Marisa and Tsujikawa Nanami became Color-Code.

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Left to right: Tsujikawa Nanami, Yasukawa Marisa, and Moriyasu Mako

‘I Like Dat’ is the lead single off of the EP of the same name. Its accompanying songs ‘Break My Heart’ and ‘The Soul’s Refrain’ are also well-produced. I suggest you take a listen on iTunes!

This group definitely has my attention, and I’m excited to see what they come out with next.


What do you think about Color-Code? What do you like/dislike about the group? Let me know in the comments!


Hi I'm Mikey Dunn.

Mikey Dunn is a up-and-coming online personality who writes blog posts and publishes YouTube vlogs weekly. Here on my blog you’ll find posts about anime, pop culture, and tech. New blog posts are published here every Monday and Friday. To see me in person, subscribe to my YouTube channel, TheMikeyVlog, for new videos every Wednesday. Also check this out: About Me and find me on social @TheMikeyDunn.

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