Bouncing back and reaching higher

| Apr 14, 2011

Bouncing back and reaching higher

A blast of fashion literature It’s been a tough couple of years for Yohji Yamamoto. Arguably Japan’s most prominent fashion designer, Yamamoto, who broke into the European fashion arena in the early 1980s, filed for bankruptcy in 2009 after years of aggressive expansion in ...

Japan's 'La Gaijine'

Apr 3, 2011

Japan's 'La Gaijine'

On Francoise Morechand’s living room table there sits a book once owned by a samurai in the Edo Period (1603-1867) that she says she has been studying. “I think I may have been a samurai once in a past life. But you know, I ...

Blue moon rising over Tokyo

| Feb 10, 2011

Blue moon rising over Tokyo

Comme des Garcons’ Marunouchi: no longer alone Comme des Garcons is renowned for keeping the fashion public on its toes by opening up many temporary “guerrilla” stores around the world, but it’s only once in a neon-blue moon that we get a new permanent ...

Ground control, we have a fashionable lift-off

| Jan 13, 2011

Ground control, we have a fashionable lift-off

Jean-Paul Gaultier’s space “This is space! It’s another world!” exclaimed Jean-Paul Gaultier at the opening of his new space-themed boutique in Ginza, Tokyo, in December. In extremely high spirits and sporting a space suit complete with helmet, the designer was greeting friends and press ...

Tipping a hat to Japan creations

Oct 31, 2010

Tipping a hat to Japan creations

I was feeling an itch to don a bonnet. After all, it seemed that if the majority of Tokyo designers had their way, women would be welcoming spring in frilly dresses, macrame twinsets, oversized layers of patchwork and dusty colors. It was an about-face ...

JFW edges into Asia spotlight

Oct 31, 2010

JFW edges into Asia spotlight

Oct. 15 through 24 brought to Tokyo an autumnal shift in the weather — and the latest sartorial flurry known as Japan Fashion Week’s spring/summer collections on show for the world to see. There were a number of notable changes this season, JFW’s 11th, ...

'Japan Fashion Now' at FIT in NYC

Oct 31, 2010

'Japan Fashion Now' at FIT in NYC

NEW YORK — A t first it was a familiar scene, par for the course in the Tokyo shopping hubs of Harajuku and Omotesando: There was iconic Comme des Garcons, Issey Miyake and Yohji Yamamoto, flanked by a smattering of Gothic Lolitas and punks. ...

A feast fit for fashion

| Oct 14, 2010

A feast fit for fashion

Fashion week for the public It’s that time again, when fashion makers and breakers take all that creativity they have pent up for the past six months and let it loose in the form of Japan Fashion Week (JFW). From Oct. 18 through 22, ...