20 Questions: The best answers of 2017

People | 20 QUESTIONS Dec 31, 2017

20 Questions: The best answers of 2017

What brought you to Japan? I came here for the magic. Osaka is home to some of the best close-up magicians in the world. — Ben Daggers, magician Richard Brezina | COURTESY OF RICHARD BREZINA What's your favorite Japanese word or phrase? I like Japanese tongue-twisters; my ...

Throwback time for fashion leads to innovation

Style & Design Nov 26, 2017

Throwback time for fashion leads to innovation

As regular followers of Japanese fashion can attest, the industry can be seen as somewhat flirtatious, dallying with new debutantes, another sister brand, another collaboration, another short-term "limited shop" or another retail concept that makes the news but doesn't really change the game. It is ...

Japanese fashion goes pop

Style & Design Sep 24, 2017

Japanese fashion goes pop

Cast your mind back to the giddy days of 2010, when the group of subcultural artists Chaos Lounge issued its first proclamation. While its stated goal was earnest and postmodern, the output was seen as a shock to the art world as it brought ...

Is Japanese fashion ready to make a point?

Style & Design Jul 23, 2017

Is Japanese fashion ready to make a point?

A Ha-Ha 2015 runway show included models in wheelchairs Japanese fashion has never really been a successfully influential vehicle for protest movements and political statements. There have been attempts, such as the design collective Ha-Ha, which again became the enfant terrible of Amazon Fashion Week Tokyo ...

Matohu: Observing tradition in modern design

Style & Design Apr 1, 2017

Matohu: Observing tradition in modern design

Design duo Hiroyuki Horihata and Makiko Sekiguchi have been making the case for the inclusion of Japanese aesthetics in contemporary fashion for more than a decade. Since founding fashion brand Matohu, the pair have championed Japanese tradition on the runway, which isn't easy in an ...

Tokyo fashion week: Young menswear designers take the helm

Style & Design Apr 1, 2017

Tokyo fashion week: Young menswear designers take the helm

Tokyo menswear always used to be the easy sale of the city come fashion week, with womenswear collections characterized as thinking altogether far too locally to capture a global audience. Regarding menswear at least, they were correct, and the names who made successful appearances in ...

Monocle raises its glass to 10 years in Japan

Style & Design Mar 11, 2017

Monocle raises its glass to 10 years in Japan

There are precious few publications standing against the accepted status quo that print media has had its day and the future is digital. Taking a stand among their ranks is lifestyle magazine Monocle, which even eschews social media, choosing to address those who seek ...