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No one’s getting out and strutting their stuff much at the moment, but we can still read and dream about it. Here are five recent reads on fashion with a Japanese twist:

  • Kenzo Takada, founder of the Kenzo brand and the first Japanese designer to gain international success out of Paris’s competitive fashion industry, passed away at the age of 81 on Oct. 4. Jae Lee spoke to his colleagues and friends in the French capital about Takada’s life and legacy.
  • Staying in Paris, the Louvre Museum said Thursday it has agreed to collaborate with the Uniqlo chain to sell items including T-shirts carrying images of masterpieces in its collection, such as the Mona Lisa. The items will be sold at Uniqlo stores in Japan and elsewhere from Feb. 4. Designer Peter Saville of New Order fame will take care of the design for men’s items.
Remembering Kenzo Takada | SHOWCASE
Remembering Kenzo Takada | SHOWCASE
  • In December, for only the second time since it began announcing annual colors over 20 years ago, Pantone chose two: Ultimate Gray and Illuminating (yellow), describing its choice as representing “strength and hopefulness.” This month in On Design, Mio Yamada looks at a few recent releases that subtly bring this bicolor palette into daily life.
  • Unlike many Issey Miyake brands, which often use synthetic fibers, Haat brings together cottons, wool, linen and other environmentally friendly textiles using decorative artisanal techniques from Japan and India. Yamada met Makiko Minagawa, Haat’s creative director, for a candid chat about the potential of eco-friendly practices in the clothing industry.
  • Online fashion retailer Zozo has launched skin tone measuring glasses for ordering cosmetics online, Reuters reports. Zozoglass — spectacles covered with color swatches and markers — detects skin tone when scanned with a smartphone, enabling tailored recommendations on the Zozotown site.

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