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August 23 2014

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6 posts tagged "Japan Fashion Week"

Presenting The Best Of Japanese Fashion—Even Without The Fashion Week

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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.

Japan Fashion Week Canceled, Sam Taylor-Wood Sits For Louis Vuitton, And More…

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Japan Fashion Week, which had been planned for March 21 to 25, has been canceled, following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that have struck the nation. [WWD]

Louis Vuitton is preparing to unveil its new “Double Exposure” campaign, where sitters are photographed using the mercurial collodion process, which requires them to hold a pose for 12 full seconds. Its first star is a woman more used to being on the other side of the camera: photographer/filmmaker Sam Taylor-Wood (left). [;Vogue U.K.]

Speaking of campaign stars, Mugler’s got its first one, too: Much-tattooed Canadian Rick Genest (a.k.a. Zombie Boy), who stars in the label’s first men’s ads, shot by Mariano Vivanco and styled by creative director Nicola Formichetti. [Nicola Formichetti]

And Vena Cava’s fans can now get their VC fix faster: Design duo Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai have just debuted their e-commerce shop at VenaCava.com. [Vena Cava]

Photo: vogue.co.uk

Montana Returns, David Dithers, Kim Covers Up, And More…

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Fashion recluse Claude Montana returns—in print, at least. A new coffee-table book about the haute eighties designer (pictured, left, with haute eighties clothes hanger Cher) is due out in the U.S. next year. [WWD]

Japan fashion week kicks off in Tokyo today, but it’s not all sunny in the land of the rising sun: Some are already grumbling about disorganization, and several major brands have opted out of participating. [WWD]

Dolce & Gabbana favorite David Gandy may be a top male model, but apparently it hasn’t made him any more suave around the ladies—he says he’s still shy and awkward around girls. If only there were an iPhone app for that! [Vogue U.K.]

And Kim Kardashian, fresh from posing nude for W, vows she won’t pose nude again. We’ll believe it when we (don’t) see it. [Us Weekly via Gawker]

Photo: Richard Young / Rex USA

Blasblog: The Old, The New, And, Yes, The Kitten Meet In Japan

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Don’t think I’m a broken record or anything, but I haven’t been able to stop talking about the Kitten Heel Tokyo Takeover. At least now I can report some sociological findings, too. I was speaking with Kay, another translator, today, and she explained the trend as a cultural response: The women she knows in this town just aren’t willing to sacrifice comfort for style. With their smaller, wider feet, her Japanese friends aren’t attracted to the kind of really high heels we see in New York at all, especially given that Tokyo’s geography involves quite a bit of bus, train, and foot traffic. Later in the day I spoke with Nobuyuki Ota, one of the board members of the Japan Fashion Week council and the president of Issey Miyake. He told me that one of the biggest challenges for young designers working in Tokyo today is trying to strike a balance between marketability at home and avant-garde credibility abroad. His designers know that, like sky-high heels, Balmain-esque miniskirts or LV-style cleavage won’t fly in this town, which is why so many shows look to their Japanese predecessors for inspiration, like Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, and Kenzo. Drawing on the history of homegrown talent, as the label Support System did with its fresh take on minimalism (above), worked well. On the other hand, In-Progress’ attempt to mix some Balmania sexiness with japonaiserie fell flat. For the record, my favorite show so far has been Dress & Co, a line that is sold at the eight-level Opening Ceremony outpost in Shibuya, and which managed to remain respectful to Japanese manners and check off a few trends, too.

Despite acknowledging the (mostly) interesting way that many of the designers take on the trends coming out of Paris and New York, I was delighted to catch a traditional kimono fashion show last night, which included more than 50 traditional Japanese robes (below). There were a few stabs at modernization here, too—hence the live performer singing and sashaying down the runway, a couple of men’s looks, and some new color schemes that didn’t seem entirely appropriate—but they reinforced what is so beautiful about the traditional dress. It was a lovely reminder of why Japanese style and culture has been revered for centuries.

Eastern Flock: Tokyo Hits New York

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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.