| Apr 12, 2009

Menswear seeks meaning

by Paul Mcinnes

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 ...

Focus on: Yasuko Furuta

| Apr 12, 2009

Focus on: Yasuko Furuta

by David Stuchbury

For Yasuko Furuta of Japanese womenswear brand Toga, inspiration comes from many different sources but includes an assimilation of complicated elements deconstructing and reconstructing styles to forge a strongly defined but harmonized collection. Furuta (right) started Toga in 1999 and had her first Tokyo ...

Designers bid to shrug off woes

| Apr 12, 2009

Designers bid to shrug off woes

by Misha Janette

The global slump’s impact on the fashion world was on everyone’s lips during Japan Fashion Week, as it has been around the world since last fall. Although Japanese designers have long defied industry logic with their avant-garde designs and wacky presentations, the great unknown ...

Focus on: Bryanboy

| Apr 12, 2009

Focus on: Bryanboy

by Misha Janette

Meet Bryanboy, a breakout celebrity blogger who is known for a dainty swagger but a fierce penchant for all that is fashion. The Manila-based 27-year-old Filipino (right) has become an international sensation with his blog, which has produced a legion of fans, a Marc ...

Shows of intrigue

| Apr 12, 2009

Shows of intrigue

by Misha Janette

It was bright vs. dark at this season’s 2009/10 Japan Fashion Week and Tokyo Collections, with dizzying color and details contrasting with a plethora of shows that chose to go simple and monochromatic. Matohu, one of the most-watched brands of JFW, presented a show ...

| Apr 12, 2009

Focus on: Reem Alasadi

by David Stuchbury

London-based designer Reem Alasadi brought her collection to the Yoyogi National Stadium on March 27, where it was apparent how diverse influences shape the Reem look, especially British punk and recycled materials molded into voluminous and voluptuous Victorian-inspired dresses. Reem (right), of Arabic origin, ...

Focus on: Reem Alasadi

| Apr 12, 2009

Focus on: Reem Alasadi

by David Stuchbury

London-based designer Reem Alasadi brought her collection to the Yoyogi National Stadium on March 27, where it was apparent how diverse influences shape the Reem look, especially British punk and recycled materials molded into voluminous and voluptuous Victorian-inspired dresses. Reem (right), of Arabic origin, ...