As a girl experiencing two cultures during my lifetime (I lived in the States for 10 years, and I lived in Taiwan for 7 years), I can, at most times, understand the fashion trends going on in Japan. However, that does not mean that I agree with, or like those trends. At many times, their trends seem absurd for me to even see. But may you take note, most Japanese people are more conservative than you may think; most people who live in East Asia are more conservative. Those so called "trends" are only a representation of a small population within the Japanese population. In most countries in East Asia, girls are not even allowed to wear makeup in high school. Knowing this, how crazy do you think people can get?
As for my personal opinion of those fashion trends in that link... The only one that I like is 10... Other than that, nay...
I totally love it! I love it how Japan can go crazy in their clothing style and fully express themselves in it. Here in the Netherlands, we always dress kinda boring because of the influence of Protestantism. A famous motto here is 'doe normaal, dan doe je al gek genoeg' translated 'act normal, then you're already acting strange enough'. The motto kind of fades away these days, but it's still noticable in for example fashion. So when I see these kind of things, I would really like to go there to just try it all, because you would really be laughed at here.
I'm familiar with a few of these. There is an ongoing discussion in the gothic community about Japanese gothic and lolita fashions. I'm not a big fan of the sweet and innocent look, then again I'm 45 and maybe I just find it creepy.