It's all change in men's designs

Apr 11, 2010

It's all change in men's designs

After seasons of stagnation, Japanese menswear is in the midst of an interesting transitional phase. For some time now the style and success of Tokyo’s lauded street- and casual-wear labels have failed to be reflected in the city’s biannual fashion event. Add to this ...

Nov 8, 2009

Menswear bursts the bubble

It comes as no great surprise to see so many international designers turning to Japan for artistic inspiration, because it’s well known that the fashion pack often come to the Far East for fresh ideas. Take Raf Simons. His latest collection for Jil Sander, ...

Nov 8, 2009

Innovation feeds on growing flux in male looks

From their bases on opposite sides of the Pacific, Japanese and American menswear labels have begun to rip up the rule books and reinvent how men think about fashion. Long gone are the days when ostentatious Europeans, such as heavyweights Armani, Gucci and Dior ...

Tokyo's new space for Chinese photography

Oct 9, 2009

Tokyo's new space for Chinese photography

In the 1950s American photographer Robert Frank traveled the United States with help from a Guggenheim grant, taking a series of sublime images of people from all walks of life documenting the mediocrity of diners and cocky cowboys to funerals and soulless bus depots. ...

| Apr 12, 2009

Menswear seeks meaning

The luxury market is taking a beating; world-famous German minimalist fashion designer Jil Sander is working with Uniqlo, H&M are taking over Tokyo high streets and Number (N)ine, a top Japanese menswear label, has gone out of business. It would be fair to say ...

An insider's view, open to the masses

Feb 27, 2009

An insider's view, open to the masses

The performing-arts world in Tokyo seems to flourish in spring, with numerous (and similarly named) events taking place within the city. The Tokyo arts crowd is spoiled for choice with the Theater/Festival (formerly The Tokyo International Arts Festival), The Tokyo Performing Arts Festival and ...

A risky gift of myth for the audience's soul

Feb 6, 2009

A risky gift of myth for the audience's soul

It would be easy to sensationalize the work of Marie Chouinard, as many other critics have, as purely shock tactics. Her early solo work as dancer and performance artist in the late 1970s and early ’80s was overshadowed by press coverage of certain risque ...

Fashion for the masses

| Nov 11, 2008

Fashion for the masses

Swedish “fast-fashion” chain H & M made a big splash when it opened in Ginza in September and the line just to get into the store continues to be 30-minutes long. The company has added to its brood with a new youth-oriented store in ...

It's tough for men

Sep 14, 2008

It's tough for men

Japan Fashion Week (JFW), now in its seventh season, has never put much emphasis on menswear. This year, it appeared merely as an afterthought. A paltry selection seems at odds with the fact that the Japanese menswear market and number of top-quality domestic labels ...