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August 23 2014

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Tokyo Rallies To Keep Spirits Up As Quakes Continue And Fear Of Radiation Grows

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In Japan, as earthquakes continue, fears of nuclear radiation grow, and snow falls in the troubled Tohoku region, many in Tokyo try to function somewhat normally.

At Garter and Spank!, two shops in the trendy neighborhood of Koenji, owners Koshiro Ebata and Tavuchi, respectively, tweeted and blogged that they are open for business. So is Xanadu in Harajuku, a hot spot for young Japanese fashion design. “If I don’t keep the store open, my designers can’t eat,” said owner Tatsuro Motohashi. “I have to support them.” Miharayasuhiro closed its Tokyo boutique, but part of the team, like PR manager Noe Okamoto, is at the office packing up their international deliveries to get them out by the end of the month. Street-style blogger Mamy, a fixture around Omote-sando, posted some photos today.

“This moment reminds me of how my mother used to recount that during the war she would talk about movies and her favorite actors in the shelter,” United Arrows creative director (and Sartorialist regular) Hirofumi Kurino shared in a note to all employees. The company is keeping stores open. Kurino emphasizes the importance of continuing normal life, and fashion and beauty especially at a time like this. “Fashion, happiness, fantasy…is what helps people. After every night, there is a bright morning.”

Meanwhile, donations keep pouring in. Coach has pledged the equivalent of $4 million to the Japanese Red Cross, H&M has closed all Kanto area stores so employees can be with their families, but will continue to compensate all staff until stores reopen. And earlier this evening, Emperor Akihito made his first appearance on TV since the tragic incidents (below), sending out prayers to victims.

Photos: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert / Getty Images; Tiffany Godoy

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

Japan: An Update From Tokyo

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It has of course been an intense few days here in Japan since Friday’s earthquake set off a series of devastating events. After a weekend of feeling helpless, and mental and emotional shock from marathon updates from TV news, Twitter, Facebook, and NikoNikoDouga, today Tokyo residents attempted to get back to the Monday grind. Small but constant aftershocks, limited train schedules, and electricity blackouts constantly remind us of our neighbors at the epicenter. Some boutiques around Harajuku and Omotesando were closed today, as were press offices. Still, it was a beautiful day here, and felt eerily normal for the most part.

Throughout the day there were disaster relief announcements by the fashion and beauty community: Uniqlo and its employees plan on donating 1.4 billion yen (more than $17 million), including a personal donation of 1 billion yen by chairman and CEO Tadashi Yanai, as well as 700 million yen (around $8.6 million) in clothing. Beauty giant Shiseido will donate 100 million yen (around $1.2 million) along with supplies like hand soap and waterless shampoo. Art director Kaie Murakami, who designs Japanese sites for Louis Vuitton and Pucci, quickly pulled together Save Japan, a Web site that categorizes rescue and help call information by prefecture in 11 different languages.

Companies like H&M, which closed ten stores on Saturday (its Ginza flagship is at left), are assessing the situation and do not know what the long-term effect will be. Mie Anton, PR manager of H&M, has been working nonstop since the incident: “This disaster has of course affected all of us in Japan, including H&M. We have opened up four city stores today with limited hours. We have turned off billboard lights, window display lights, and limited store lights for operation.”

Earlier this evening, Japan Fashion Week announced that it will soon update the media on the fate of the fashion week scheduled to take place March 21-25. They have already canceled several events, including the official closing party, “Japan Fashion Festival,” at Le Baron. Marc by Marc Jacobs canceled a tenth anniversary event, and the company plans to make donations to Red Cross Japan. The company’s stores are closing two hours early to conserve energy. “It’s almost as if nothing happened here in Tokyo. One can’t help fretting,” Martin Webb, Marc Jacobs’ head of marketing and communications said, echoing the sentiments of many others. “Will the people of Fukushima get radiation poisoning? Will there be another quake somewhere?”

As some struggle to return to normal, uncertainty about the most appropriate course of action lingers. “There was some Twitter bashing when I uploaded a street snap,” said Daisuke Yokota, editor in chief of the popular street style site Droptokyo.jp.

Photo: Junko Kimura / Getty Images

Japan: Some Ways To Help

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The earthquake and tsunami that shook Japan, coupled with the nuclear episodes that followed, make for what prime minister Naoto Kan is calling the country’s worst crisis since World War II.

There are many ways to help. The Red Cross is collecting funds for victims and for relief, which can be made at its Web site here or by texting REDCROSS to 90999 from a mobile phone. (Each text is a $10 donation.) GlobalGiving.org has created a Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund, disbursing donations to organizations like Save the Children and International Medical Corps to provide support on the ground. To date, it has raised more than $300,000. Lady Gaga has also been quick to lend support. The singer tweeted about the Japanese prayer bracelet she’s designed and is selling to aid relief efforts. Proceeds from the $5 bracelet (stamped “We Pray for Japan”) will be donated. (Buy it here.)

While the major news outlets are providing round-the-clock coverage, a more personal point of view has emerged perhaps unexpectedly from within the fashion community. Japanese Streets, one of the oldest and most respected of the local street-style blogs, stopped posting as of Thursday. Since then, its founder, photojournalist Kjeld Duits, has been reporting from the city of Sendai, where the tsunami following the quake hit, and putting the updates on his public Facebook page.

Photo: Staff