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December offers Tokyo style and makeup shows, plus even more new high-end stores

by Misha Janette and Samuel Thomas

Fashionably made up with Shiseido

The “Tokyo Fashion Exhibition” at Shiseido is a celebration of Japanese creativity in both fashion and makeup. In a concentrated dose of fantasy and avant-garde-ism, 21 photos are being showcased, representing seven Japanese brands paired with seven of the country’s top hair and makeup artists. Included in the lineup is Facetasm, which won the 2013 Mainichi Grand Prix Award for best brand of the year, and whose collection will be presented as a fashion show on Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. and at 5 p.m.

Other participating brands are Somarta, Aguri Sagimori, Ne-Net, Toga, Anrealage, Dresscamp and Taro Horiuchi. Makeup lessons and talk events (in Japanese) are also scheduled. (M.J.)

“Tokyo Fashion Exhibition” runs from Dec. 21-25 at Hana-Tsubaki Hall, 3F 7-5-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo. Admission is free. group.shiseido.co.jp/ginza/mmmakeup

Omotesando gets a new Boss

It is not just dedicated followers of fashion who will be flocking to the recently opened Boss menswear store from German luxury fashion house Hugo Boss. Architecture buffs, too, should be impressed by the bold torch-shaped design of celebrated Japanese modern architect Norihiko Dan. A new landmark among the many unique buildings in Tokyo’s Omotesando area, its modernist Japanese structure also has a clean and sophisticated interior that takes its inspiration from Dutch painter Piet Mondrian, in line with all of Hugo Boss’ flagship stores.

Inside, you’ll find the definitive menswear lineup spread over three floors that includes a VIP space. Both the Boss core and sports lines are available, as well as the premium Hugo line for those after a suit as sharp as the store’s exterior. (S.T.)

Boss Store Omotesando: Omotesando Keyaki Building, Jingumae 5-1-3, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo. 03-6418-9365. www.hugoboss.com

Yet another Louis Vuitton hits Japan

It appears that there’s enough monogrammed leather in Louis Vuitton’s coffers to sustain the opening of a spacious new store in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward. It’s the brand’s third store in Shinjuku and 59th in Japan, so the appetite of local consumers for the Parisian company’s luxury goods is clearly fit and healthy.

This store carries a lineup of fashion-centric goods, so you’ll find plenty of colorful and trendy “it” pieces strewn throughout its two floors. Small goods, such as handbags and shoes, fill most of the space, however they’ll be competing for attention with the incredible art installation currently on display — South Korean artist Do Ho Suh’s work of more than 42,000 orange-hued plastic figurines strung from the ceiling like a cascading chandelier. (M.J.)

Louis Vuitton: 3-4-8 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo; 0120-00-1854 (customer service). www.louisvuitton.com

Welcome to the urban jungle

Fashion fans looking for a makeover in time for the new year would do well to heed the gospel according to cult Tokyo boutique Wut Berlin. Later this week, the store hosts its bi-annual fashion show helmed by the flamboyant creative director of the store, Yann Le Goec.

A celebrated fixture of the Tokyo fashion calendar, presenting a mix of the city’s best young designers with the edgiest from abroad, the Wut Berlin shows echo and frequently exceed the street-fashion icons whose style has become a new international standard of Japanese fashion. In keeping with the street-level designers, the fashion show is open to all to attend, and those outside Tokyo can also watch it streamed live online.

All the clothes featured on the runway, as well as an exclusive commemorative T-shirt designed by toast of the London underground Roberto Piqueras (see image), will be available for order from the Wut Berlin store in Omotesando and online. (S.T.)

Wut Berlin presents “Jungle City” at The Factory, Ebisu Fort 5F, 1-24-2 Ebisu-minami, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, on Dec. 13. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m. Live streaming can be found at www.tokyofashionfilm.com.

Alice + Olivia come to Tokyo

Just in time for the holiday cocktail-party season is the opening of a flagship shop by popular New York brand Alice + Olivia. Situated conveniently near Harajuku Station on Omotesando Avenue, the two-story boutique is the first freestanding shop in Japan for Alice + Olivia, and it’s running hot on the heels of the brand’s consistent, growing fanbase since its goods showed up in department stores just last year.

In the Alice + Olivia world, it’s like “Sex and the City” never ended. A woman can dress as silly, sexy, serious, glamorous or casual as she wants — but always with a touch of kitsch. (Think of the woman at your office party sporting a tutu dress dotted with hearts.) Bags, accessories, iPhone cases and other small items are equally cute and charming, sure to melt into Japanese fashion tendencies like butter. (M.J.)

Alice + Olivia: 6-2-9 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku; 03-3486-0502. www.aliceandolivia.com