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, ...

Japanese design makes its name at home and overseas

Aug 27, 2017

Japanese design makes its name at home and overseas

In Japanese fashion this month, we see two local designers embarking on international careers by taking over one of Italy's most well-known brands, along with a new two-day fashion and lifestyle market in Harajuku, with attractions for the whole family. Costume National fall-winter 2018 menswear Storied ...

Are $1,500 blue jeans worth it?

Aug 27, 2017

Are $1,500 blue jeans worth it?

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What does $1,500 get you in blue jeans? One answer is 44 pairs of Wranglers. Another: four or five pairs of raw denim — a rigid, rugged, unrinsed jean for true connoisseurs — from Pure Blue Japan, Samurai or any of the other excellent brands ...

Is Japanese fashion ready to make a point?

Jul 23, 2017

Is Japanese fashion ready to make a point?

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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 ...

The sweet  artworks of Tetsuya Nagata

Jul 2, 2017

The sweet artworks of Tetsuya Nagata

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Osaka-born artist Tetsuya Nagata has found a unique way to breathe new life into two time-honored crafts of Japan — washi (Japanese paper) and wagashi (Japanese sweets). By pressing Nishinouchi washi into carved wooden molds that were originally used for shaping sugar, he creates delicate ...