Hanging by a thread

Apr 18, 2004

Hanging by a thread

Spurned by many top Japanese designers, patchy in quality and sprawling over a month at a mishmash of venues, the twice-yearly Tokyo Collections — whose fall/winter 2004/05 shows end this week — still lay claim to being the highpoints of Asia’s fashion year. But ...

Rebels with cachet revel in paradox

Apr 18, 2004

Rebels with cachet revel in paradox

For the young British-Japanese fashion design duo of Patrick Ryan and Mami Yoshida, the words yab and yum — which, together as Yab-Yum, give their label its name — are a good fit for this Tokyo-based team when you search out their real meanings. ...

A world of fashion in the family

Nov 16, 2003

A world of fashion in the family

Japan’s recession, the pundits say, is dragging on. More unemployment, less yen in the government’s coffers, and people from Hokkaido to Okinawa tightening their belts another notch. But amid all this, the rag trade struggles forward. New boutiques open, new magazines come out and ...

Spring is in the air

Nov 16, 2003

Spring is in the air

It’s party time in Tokyo — again. You know, that twice yearly event when the capital’s trendy restaurants and coffee shops seem to be overflowing with leggy, blonde models from overseas. They’re here to make a few bucks, have a few parties — and ...

Have a Bali good time at Shiseido's spa

Jul 27, 2003

Have a Bali good time at Shiseido's spa

BALI, Indonesia — Imagine, if you will, a paradise. A verdant valley filled with the sounds of bird song and gurgling streams. Above, an azure sky with white, fluffy clouds and, carried on a gentle breeze, the sweet scent of plumeria blossoms. In this ...

Apr 20, 2003

Simple complexity for the men

One of the newest kids on the block in the highly competitive world of Japanese fashion is a menswear brand called Maji Maji, designed by Rynshu Hashimoto. Known in Paris for his high-end “couture pour homme” brand, Masatomo, the Maji Maji line is Hashimoto’s ...

Catwalk close-up

Apr 20, 2003

Catwalk close-up

Tokyo’s cherry trees may have been staging their annual spring spectacular, but the capital’s fashionistas have been feeling the cold as their twice-yearly catwalk extravaganza focused on what we’ll be wearing next autumn and winter. The Autumn/Winter 2003/2004 Tokyo Collections, organized by the Council ...

All roads still lead to Paris

Apr 20, 2003

All roads still lead to Paris

Mother, grandmother, createuse extraordinaire, Hanae Mori is a woman of impeccable taste, the holder of many coveted awards and Japan’s — and Asia’s — only member of the prestigious, Paris-based Cha^mbre Syndicale de la Haute Co^uture. Arriving a fashionably few minutes late in the ...

Threads bared: Tokyo's Spring/Summer collections

Nov 17, 2002

Threads bared: Tokyo's Spring/Summer collections

Think Zen: the spirit of darkness; the essence of white. This was one of the main themes from Tokyo’s fashion designers, who have just presented their Spring/Summer 2003 collections. Organized by the Council of Fashion Designers, Tokyo, the event brought together about 50 of ...

Issey on a roll

Nov 17, 2002

Issey on a roll

The most astounding of Issey Miyake’s latest fashion statements isn’t about ready-to-wear garments; it’s about ready-to-wear fabric. At A-poc Space in Tokyo’s upmarket Minami Aoyama area, a team of nine, led by textile engineer and chief designer Dai Fujiwara, and overseen by Miyake, are ...