Oct 28, 2012

Fashion Week Tokyo powers ahead

From start to finish, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo’s 2013 spring/summer collections hit new heights, literally, as the catwalk parades were staged way up in the event’s new home at the Hikarie shopping tower in city center Shibuya. It’s now seven years since the inaugural ...

Louis Vuitton still going dotty

| Sep 11, 2012

Louis Vuitton still going dotty

Fans of French luxury brand Louis Vuitton are still seeing spots before their eyes. The brand’s latest collection with Yayoi Kusama comes after a string of highly successful artist collaborations that began in 2002 with Takashi Murakami. It really was only a matter of ...

Parisienne cool reaches Tokyo

| Aug 14, 2012

Parisienne cool reaches Tokyo

Isabel Marant, the queen of French haute-casual wear, has finally opened her first shop in Japan, right off of Tokyo’s Omotesando promenade. When it comes to French style, chic and sleek uniforms of black usually come to mind. Parisian designer Marant’s collections, however, are ...

The beautiful future of fashion

| Jul 10, 2012

The beautiful future of fashion

The “Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion” exhibition first showed at the Barbican Art Gallery in London in 2010 and traveled to the Haus der Kunst in Munich in 2011. Highly acclaimed by art critics and fashion fans, the show is finally making ...

Totally wrapped in Joy

| Jun 12, 2012

Totally wrapped in Joy

Asked to name a seminal New York City-born musician with an intrepid preference for over-the-top fashion, and Lady Gaga would surely the first name to roll off the tongue. But there’s another female musician from the city who influenced global fashion with her unique ...

Fashion Week Tokyo escapes comfort zone

Apr 8, 2012

Fashion Week Tokyo escapes comfort zone

In what was the second season of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo since the German car-maker crucially stepped in as lead sponsor when government funding dried up last year, 37 brands presented their collections for the 2012-13 fall/winter season from March 18 to 23. So, ...

'Anything goes' unites women's collections

Apr 8, 2012

'Anything goes' unites women's collections

What exactly is Tokyo fashion? Is it a pastiche of color and gobs of shapes so outrageous it’s like we’re being punked? Or is it the modern, conservative look that is an actual mainstay on the streets? That was the million-dollar question again at ...