It’s business as usual, save for sparse seating and masks. But the streaming options mean this is the most accessible these events have ever been.
Samuel Thomas is a fashion writer and lecturer at Bunka Gakuen University. He regularly contributes to The Japan Times, among other publications, and has his own site TokyoTelephone.com. He is currently pursuing his research in fashion at the University of Tokyo.
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Rakuten Fashion Week Tokyo is still on schedule; Animal Crossing is haute couture; and Wacko Maria celebrates 15 years.
Legendary designer Kansai Yamamoto’s legacy lives on, and the fashion world starts to adapt to consumer needs in Japan’s new normal.
Japan’s department stores see a surprising sales recovery in June and masks continue to move high-end.
Fashion in Japan is tentatively back in business. What to expect? Socially distanced shopping and stylish mask-wearing.
Japan's fashion industry was hit hard by the March cancellation of Rakuten Fashion Week Tokyo, saved only by livestreaming and online content as a way to keep fans informed.
As the impact of COVID-19 leads to the postponement or cancelation of various fashion events, the industry faces a quandary — it is unseemly to focus on the relatively trivial business of style at a time of great concern?
As the festive season encourages consumers to splash out and treat themselves, there's both good and bad news in the fashion industry.
As the year ends, Japan's fashion landscape finds itself facing big changes in street brands, department stores and sales tactics.
Tokyo fashion week's battle for identity has always been between that of the runway and the fashion on streets — has the event finally found a happy medium?