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 ...