Photo: Mikio Sakabe SS17 by Giovanni Giannoni, edit by author.
When the phrase “fashion week” is spoken, the most immediate association we make are the fashion shows in New York City, London, Milan, and Paris. However, most other major cities around the world have fashion weeks too, such as Seoul, Kiev, Madrid, Stockholm, and Berlin, just to name a few. Today we take a look at the most recent fashion week which took place in Tokyo. Make no mistake-- Tokyo may not have the amount of designers as, say, New York City, but their talent is just as prevalent.
Photo: © Japan Fashion Week Organisation
Anne Sofie Madsen: Madsen’s polished collection was inspired by the Japanese concept of “wabi-sabi,” or the acceptance of transience and imperfection. Tokyo allows Madsen to style her own collection, a freedom she could not find in Paris.
DressedUndressed: This collection played with Japan’s prevalent workwear and recreated it as undone streetwear. “I wanted to bend the rules a little,” codesigner Kitazawa said of the collection. Indeed, the collection was filled with billowing garments, trench coats, and other plays on the business apparel that is highly valued in Japanese society.
Mihara Yasuhiro: Premiered in the parking lot of Tokyo’s Bunka Fashion College, Yasuhiro’s black and white collection displayed the best of Japanese aesthetics. Yasuhiro was inspired by the history of Japanese fashion-- everything from the kimono and yukata to Buddhist robes and military apparel.
Ethosens: Designer Hashimoto’s collection was mainly focused on menswear, but a couple of fantastic womenswear pieces were thrown in too. Hashimoto was inspired by “crossing lines,” and how there are many ways to perceive them. He seeked to portray those perspectives in his beautiful collection.
Photo: Giovanni Giannoni
Mikio Sakabe: A personal favorite. It was very difficult to choose a favorite look from this spectacular collection. Sakabe drew inspiration from the seventies, eighties and nineties. According to Kelly Wetherille of Women’s Wear Daily, Sakabe “wanted to take on the challenge of trying something that he had never done before, while also creating something that doesn’t currently exist.” He undoubtedly succeeded. Sakabe’s courageousness is something rarely seen at the structured shows of New York or Paris. Without a doubt, his risks paid off.