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Tokyo Fashion Week Comes to a Close


Throughout Tokyo fashion week, we’ve had Misha Janette reporting on the city’s most exciting shows. To see’s complete Tokyo fashion week coverage, click here.

Day 6:
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.

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Going Ape At BAPE


This weekend was a moment that a certain brand of slavish fashion fan was eagerly awaiting: the reopening of London’s Bathing Ape shop. Perhaps too eagerly. The attendant party, thrown by BAPE founder Nigo at 24 Kingly Street, quickly became the scene of a near riot as doormen, security guards, agents, and fans scuffled with each other to get in and keep people out. Those who did get in included co-host Pharrell Williams, a longtime BAPE fan and collaborator, super DJs Mark Ronson and Seb Chew, rapper Dizzee Rascal, and a retinue of London A-listers. Also spotted inside was pop princess and current fashion darling Rihanna, who sported a fierce, don’t-mess-with-me mohawk. Rumor has it that Pharrell and Rihanna are the next sartorial super couple, which might be too much fashion synergy for us to take. But back to BAPE. The scene here proved that it’s still a company that makes male pulses race in the same way Balmain booties do for women. We did finally corner Nigo (though not Williams, who was surrounded by security) to ask him who he thought most embodies the BAPE aesthetic. Kanye? Pharrell? Or perhaps Leonardo DiCaprio, who, amazingly, was unable to get in? “I haven’t really thought about it,” he mused. “I still design for myself and the stuff is fitted on me, so perhaps I should say myself.”