Throwback time for fashion leads to innovation

Nov 26, 2017

Throwback time for fashion leads to innovation

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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 ...

Tokyo welcomes Designart

| Nov 5, 2017

Tokyo welcomes Designart

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Last month saw the launch of Designart — the capital's new annual collection of exhibitions that bring together Japanese and overseas creators for collaborations on product design and objets d'art. Here are a few picks that showcase the inaugural event's embrace of color, versatility ...

The traditional kimono never goes out of style

Oct 22, 2017

The traditional kimono never goes out of style

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The fusion of traditional Japanese culture with contemporary life isn't a new concept, but as trends change the results can vary greatly. On the runway, we are seeing sophisticated ideas that infuse new looks with time-honored tastes in subtle yet effective ways; while on ...

Japanese fashion goes pop

Sep 24, 2017

Japanese fashion goes pop

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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 ...

Meet Lulu Hashimoto, she's quite the doll

Sep 3, 2017

Meet Lulu Hashimoto, she's quite the doll

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Meet Lulu Hashimoto, Japan's first "living doll" fashion model. Lulu — a full-body doll suit consisting of a wig, a mask and stockings patterned with doll-like joints — was born from one woman's desire to become cute. "I have always really liked dolls and for me, ...