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 ...

Chanel's little black jacket

| Mar 13, 2012

Chanel's little black jacket

Since 1983, Karl Lagerfeld has steered Parisian brand Chanel as the world’s reigning barometer of chic. Now he’s about to bring a little bit of that haute charm to Tokyo with a series of events beginning on March 21. First up is an exhibition ...

Stepping in the right fashion-forward directions

| Dec 13, 2011

Stepping in the right fashion-forward directions

Opening ceremony for Kenzo Kenzo is one of Japan’s most long-standing fashion houses, so it is understandable that it has undergone quite a few changes in its 41-year history — especially since Kenzo Takada himself retired in 1999. This year it is embracing another ...

Variety spices up the womenswear shows

Oct 30, 2011

Variety spices up the womenswear shows

It is often a struggle to cast an objective reviewer’s eye over Tokyo collections, because fans of the microcosm that is Japanese fashion fall into two distinctly different camps: lovers of over-the-top quirkiness and … regular consumers. For the former, start with “forest girl” ...

Fashion Week Tokyo gets back into gear

Oct 30, 2011

Fashion Week Tokyo gets back into gear

Fashion Week has come back to Tokyo for its 13th iteration, now under the wing of posh car-maker Mercedes-Benz and with the snazzy new moniker, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo. It has been a full year since Tokyo has seen a proper fashion week, as ...