Tokyo fashion faces some backstage changes

| Jul 9, 2016

Tokyo fashion faces some backstage changes

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Vintage graduation CEO Tobe Naoaki’s boutique Grimoire has been responsible for so many important fashion moments in Tokyo’s recent fashion history. Even those who have never wandered into its loving re-imagining of turn-of-the-century European fairy-tale style will have most likely seen one of its ...

Boys in pink: Tapping the 'genderless' fashion market

Mar 18, 2016

Boys in pink: Tapping the 'genderless' fashion market

No stranger to barrettes, bows and beauty products, Instagram icon and model Genking is a proud flag bearer for “genderless” fashion in which young men adopt unequivocally feminine styles and challenge traditional norms. Although women around the world have taken to menswear in droves ...

The fashion scouts taking domestic underground labels global

Mar 18, 2016

The fashion scouts taking domestic underground labels global

Far from the flashbulbs of Tokyo fashion week, Yoshio Yokobori is juggling multiple roles — talent scout, cultural interpreter, dealmaker — in a quest to help foreign buyers navigate a labyrinthine design landscape and access Japan’s most exciting underground labels. Although Tokyo’s streets offer ...

Few Japanese models strut Tokyo's catwalks

Mar 20, 2015

Few Japanese models strut Tokyo's catwalks

Tokyo fashion week has long been a platform for edgy Japanese designers, but perhaps more remarkable is just how few Japanese models grace its catwalks. Tall, white and often blonde young women dominate the runway, with a foreign look that is now commonplace in ...