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Tokyo fashion week wrapped over the weekend. Flipping back through the shows, it’s refreshing to see a city that fosters such a distinct style identity (as in, that could only come from Japan) both on the runways and in the streets. Many of the new collections nodded to the schoolgirl trend that’s been popular on Japanese sidewalks for some time now, but instead of keeping it cutesy, designers gave the kawaii look more of a tomboy twist this season. At Anrealage, Kunihiko Morinaga memorably sent out uniform blazers, plaid kilts, and knee-high socks that transformed from pale to vivid pastel under the set’s intense light. We also noticed riffs on the classic varsity jacket at The Dress & Co. and Han Ahn Soon.
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Throughout Tokyo fashion week, we’ve had Misha Janette reporting on the city’s most exciting shows. To see Style.com’s complete Tokyo fashion week coverage, click here.
Saturday marked the sixth and final day of Tokyo fashion week, and it was dedicated to the city’s top menswear designers. Comme des Garçons itself doesn’t show in Tokyo, but it was exciting to see its youthful Ganryu label (left) take to the catwalk. Designed by Fumito Ganryu, who was formerly a patternmaker for Junya Watanabe, Ganryu showed a Fall '13 range that catered to an urban huntsman—a man who pairs cable-knit sweaters and puffy down vests with super low drop-crotch pants and high maintenance coifs. A dress shirt with trompe l’oeil vest appliqué showed off Ganryu’s progressive nature.
Facetasm focused on separates in its collection of layered workwear-cum-dress clothes. Kilts, slips, peplums, and sleeve-only bolero jackets all made an appearance. Each piece boasted its own details, like basket-weaving and original line drawings of a forest or old-school tattoos. For the women, there were formfitting silhouettes with pastel-colored ruffled trim.
Making its debut on Saturday was Mr. Gentleman, a brand headed by Takeshi “Big-O” Osumi of popular menswear brand Phenomenon, and Yuichi Yoshii, who is the director of Tokyo’s top multi-brand superstore, The Contemporary Fix. Together, they produced a casual and modern wardrobe that featured slim-cut tweed leisure suits and retro letterman jackets. For a twist, the designers showed a leather-lined and zipper-trimmed peacoat and an argyle-print jacket.
The week closed with a large-scale installation show by new label C.E. With former BAPE designer Skate Thing at its creative helm, the brand used 3-D mapping technology to create a kaleidoscopic fashion feast. C.E.’s standouts, like hoodies and colorful board shorts, furthered the familiar urban look that Skate Thing does best.
For the first time, reporter Misha Janette will report on the best and brightest shows of Tokyo fashion week. To see Style.com’s complete coverage of the shows, click here.
Day 5:Being the last major day of Tokyo fashion week, it was a coup to see a show that trounced all others. It was Alice Auaa (pictured), a gothic Lolita brand that began as a fringe label. The show told the story of a surreal Alice in Wonderland where the Cheshire Cat wears red plaid overalls and the Queen of Hearts goes in drag. That could be seen in the details such as accordion pleats on early 1900s-style silk pajamas and voluminous bustles on black va-va-voom gowns.
Beautiful People is Japan’s answer to high-end American sportswear, even though the inspiration for the Spring 2013 collection was retro happy-go-lucky Japan. Hip beatnik styles got a pick-me-up for today, meaning circle skirts with metallic foil treatments, cigarette pants in pastel floral prints, and camel-colored leather jackets.
For the final show of the season, G.V.G.V. showed a collection based on an Eden of tropical insects, a concept that came through in pieces like the shiny aurora leather jacket with beetle “wings” or the bright abstract patterns like the markings of exotic critters. The devil-horned hair and mad scientist sunglasses brought out a cunning side to the soft peplum skirts and A-line dresses, and this matched with super-platform creeper shoes made the collection inherently Tokyo style.
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