Menswear in the spotlight

Nov 17, 2002

Menswear in the spotlight

Menswear at the Tokyo collections was, as usual, sparsely represented. Just a handful of designers sent any male models out onto the runways. And as for shows devoted solely to menswear, only Kohshin Satoh (for the Arrston Volaju brand), Kiminori Morishita (showing his own ...

Japan's modern master of 100,000 brush-strokes

May 15, 2002

Japan's modern master of 100,000 brush-strokes

If, as the Chinese adage goes, a journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step, then for Japanese artist Morio Matsui, a masterpiece of 100,000 brush strokes begins with the first sweep of the bristles on canvas. One-hundred thousand is an arbitrary figure, ...

Heading in her own direction

Apr 14, 2002

Heading in her own direction

In the fashion world, it’s not what’s in your head, but what’s on your head that counts. A baseball cap? A beret? Or something a little more provincial, like a wool cap? Milliners spend a lifetime mulling such matters and creating new styles of ...

Apr 14, 2002

Designers unveil new looks to fall for

As the weather warms up and the days get longer, memories of summer’s trial-by-heat again begin to send shivers down the collective spine. In the topsy-turvy world of fashion, though, it’s time for the autumn/winter collections already. For the last two weeks, Tokyo’s catwalks, ...

Debut designs bring paradise to mind

Nov 25, 2001

Debut designs bring paradise to mind

Mauritius, the theme of Koji Aruga’s first collection, might seem at first to be a bit of a misnomer. There were no beauties parading on the runway in sarongs, no golden girls wearing vivid hibiscus-print dresses escorted by tanned, muscular men in natural-fiber loincloths. ...

High style for high rollers

Nov 25, 2001

High style for high rollers

Over the last few years, most mainstream fashion — in London, Paris, New York or wherever — has tended toward a softer, more casual look, and taking inspiration from various genres like streetwear has become the norm. Now, across the board, fashion has moved ...

Japan's designers show they're going places

Nov 25, 2001

Japan's designers show they're going places

Sitting under the glare of the runway lights for three weeks of fashion shows, watching model after model sashaying up and down the catwalk, isn’t such a bad way to spend time. It’s kind of like traveling. For the recent Tokyo collections, we joined ...

Apr 22, 2001

Fashion cuts above and shapes to come

The offerings by over 40 designers at the recent Tokyo collections mapped out the direction for next autumn/winter: bias or asymmetrical cuts, draping and wrapping, patchwork, fringing and quilting, and lots of stripes (both vertical and horizontal). A growing interest in high-tech fabrics was ...

Apr 8, 2001

Twitching to get out in the field and bird

Birders, bird-watchers, bird-spotters, ornithologists, listers, twitchers or birding dudes: Whatever you want to call them, they are the people — a friend, a family member or maybe an eccentric relative — who creep about at all hours of the day spotting, studying, grilling, scoping, ...

Feb 16, 2001

Japan's designers refuse compromise

Japanese names at the Paris men’s collections these days are rather thin on the ground — at the most recent presentations, for autumn/winter 2001/02, only four Tokyo designers showed. Naoki Takizawa absconded to Milan in 1997 with the Issey Miyake Men brand, and Kenzo ...