August 22 2014

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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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Tokyo Fashion Week Comes To A Close


For the first time, reporter Misha Janette will report on the best and brightest shows of Tokyo fashion week. To see’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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Presenting The Best Of Japanese Fashion—Even Without The Fashion Week


The show must go on—even when the fashion show doesn’t. Following the earthquake and aftershocks in Sendai in March, administrators at Itochu Fashion Systems, which puts on Tokyo’s Japan Fashion Week, canceled the event. But that doesn’t mean the organization is abandoning its own. Many of the country’s biggest designers showed at follow-up presentations and press days (some brave ones even soldiered on despite the quake at their original scheduled times), and all of their photos are being archived at the JFW Web site, with more added by the day. The Fall ’11 collections, including those from Tokyo darling G.V.G.V. (above), elder statesman Keita Maruyama, menswear label Phenomenon, and more are all on view, alongside messages from the designers. “Japanese fashion is alive and ongoing, even in the [Fall 2011] season,” a spokesman for Itochu said. Here’s the proof.

Eastern Flock: Tokyo Hits New York


Dressing for success in the Working Girl sense of shoulder pads and bow blouses may have fallen out of favor. Power dressing, however, never really lost its cachet, according to G.V.G.V. designer MUG. Indeed, “power” was the first word that came to mind when describing her Spring 2009 collection, shown last night at the Altman Building. The designer presented alongside labels Matohu, Hidenobu Yasui, Tiny Dinosaur, and Ylang Ylang for Japan fashion week’s New York jaunt. Backstage post-show, MUG also revealed that her sharply tailored, body-con designs were an ode of sorts to the nineties as well as an homage to fave photographers Peter Lindbergh and Helmut Newton. Though we could totally imagine Linda, Naomi, et al. rocking G.V.G.V. back in the day, the label remains distinctly au courant, hence its presence at both the New York and L.A. branches of Opening Ceremony. Tokyo-based MUG’s first impression of the Howard Street store? “Amazing.” Through February 1, retail exhibitions featuring all of the labels shown will also be on display at Destination N.Y., Theory, Aloha Rag, and Tribeca Issey Miyake.

See Tokyo Style Minus Jet Lag And Melancholy Displacement


If you’re like me, you get jealous every time one of your friends (and especially your frenemies) say they’re going to Tokyo. After all, it’s home to some of the world’s most fanatical fashion connoisseurs and a breeding ground for avant-garde design talents. (The Kawakubo stable is clearly just the tip of the iceberg.) Well, now you can do more than just sit at home and flip through a copy of Fruits to get your fill of Nippon chic. Japan Fashion Week is bringing 13 designers to New York for a group show on January 27. Among them are G.V.G.V., a label (pictured here) that’s available at Opening Ceremony and whose one-named designer, Mug, will be flying over for the event, and Ylang Ylang, designed by Ryunosuke Aoyagi and sold at Aloha Rag. After Tuesday night’s show, the various looks will go on display (and a few on sale) at boutiques in various downtown locations: Destination, Issey Miyake, Theory, and Aloha Rag until February 1.

Photo: Courtesy of Japan Fashion Week