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July 30 2014

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3 posts tagged "Ai Tominaga"

Givenchy’s All-Asian Model Lineup At Haute Couture

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Riccardo Tisci is famous for his meticulous casting: Rumor around Paris during men’s fashion week was that he begins casting his shows as far as six months in advance to get the perfect mix. No surprise, then, that the models who hit the boards for his Fall 2011 men’s show (including a few ladies, like Daphne Groeneveld, Saskia de Brauw, and Joan Smalls) made for one of the best lineups of the week. His Givenchy Haute Couture collection was shown in Paris today, and he’s attempted another casting coup: using only Asian models, including Ming Xi, Fei Fei Sun, Liu Wen, Shu Pei Qin, Du Juan, Ai Tominaga, and Tao Okamoto. Check it out above, and check back shortly for the full Givenchy Fall 2011 couture show.

Photo: Courtesy of Givenchy

A Reality Show To Get Excited About

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It’s not quite The Real Housewives of Osaka. The latest Reality Show isn’t even a show at all—it’s a new magazine out of Tokyo, created and edited by fashion writer (and Style.com contributor) Tiffany Godoy and Tomoyuki Yonezu. For the first issue (actually 5 separate small magazines wrapped together in a giant poster), Godoy approached style icons who’ve caught the eyes of Japan’s rabid street-style photogs—everyone from acknowledged celebrities, like Japanese supermodel Ai Tominaga (above) and DJ/scenester Mademoiselle Yulia (below) to the hairstylist-in-training Nirei twins—and had them style themselves in a combination of their own clothes and the runway styles of one designer of their choice. (Tominaga chose Japan’s own Yohji Yamamoto; Mademoiselle Yulia, Balmain.) The magazine, Godoy says, aims to be “a window between Europe and Asia,” but Tominaga, for her part, is a hometown loyalist. “I want Japan to refine what ‘Japanese’ is,” she says in her interview. “Look inside. I don’t mean look back, but look at themselves, look around.” Fellow Japanese may be looking around, but odds are all eyes were on Tominaga herself tonight at the magazine’s launch party in Tokyo, where she took to the decks as a special guest DJ. Those farther afield will soon be able to get their hands on The Reality Show’s first issue at Colette and online at Restir. Continue Reading “A Reality Show To Get Excited About” »

Blasblog: Japan’s Blonde Ambition

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An interesting fact about Japanese fashion, which I picked up at yesterday’s Fashion Design Symposium: Designers here don’t intern. According to the panelists, a Japanese dean from Parsons in New York and a professor at a local business school here in Tokyo, the really good fashion students have already signed up for a job before they’ve finished school, making their graduate collections (which launched greats like Alexander McQueen and Proenza Schouler) mere formalities. From what Taka (our translator) could tell us, that’s because in Japan, you must trust someone fully before you let them see how your company works, whereas in some parts of the New York fashion industry (at least the ones I interned for as a student), they’ll let anyone sweep the floors and get coffee. And while we’re on the topic of differences in fashion cultures from East to West, I have to say that although I wasn’t shocked by the kitten heels, I didn’t expect to see so many Caucasian and Western models on the Japanese catwalks. The majority of the shows I’ve seen so far were cast with light-skinned and blonde models. There were exceptions to the rule: Shida Tatsuya’s collection for PLAY GROUND was cast entirely with Asian models, and the highlight was Japanese supermodel Ai Tominaga‘s appearance, but even this local hero had her hair teased into a tower of blond curls à la Marilyn Monroe.

Photo: Derek Blasberg