There we have it. Japan Fashion Week has commenced and if you haven't been catching up on fashion happenings all weekend, here is our recap from the best of Friday and Saturday's shows. What we like about Tokyo's Fashion Week is that it gives us the chance to look at truly stunning collections without having preconceived notions about what to expect, as we're not nearly as familiar with these designers as with their New York-based counterparts. When armed with only a bit of information and the context of Fashion Weeks gone by, these collections feel fresh and exciting. In case you missed them, click to catch up on our recaps from day one, two, three, and four.
Somarta: Designer Tamae Hirokawa started her own multi-faceted design company, Soma Design, in 2006. The company covers such fields as graphic design, fashion design, sound and visual direction. Expect then, Somarta's collections to never be described as 'classic' or 'conservative'. A true artiste in every sense of the word, Hirokawa showed a Fall 08 collection with other-worldy details and some truly intricate knits. To see the Fall 08 collection likened to costume, check out our network partner, Trendinista, for some uncanny comparisons. Click to see images from the Fall 08 collection.
Ritsuko Shirahama: Ritsuko Shirahama has been designing since the late 1980's and can now boast international retail accounts like no other. What were we doing in the 1980's? Hanging out with our parents and watching cartoons. We respect a designer who was out giving us things to write about before we even knew how to write. This Fall 08 Shirahama showed a collection that referenced the plum madness (not to mention layering texture) for Fall 08, it was a bit brighter and wilder so should suit the young folk who haven't quite hit their Oscar de la Renta stage. Click to see images from the Fall 08 collection.
Theatre Products: Akira Takeuchi, one part of the design duo, worked as a pattern maker for Commes des Garcon for years, while the other part, Tayuka Nakanishi, worked for Vivienne Tam. The two started Theatre Products in 2001, and now comes up with that wild, young aesthetic on their own watch. This Fall 08 saw Betsey Johnson-like prints and styling, unforgettable were the toupee-like wigs. Click to see images from the Fall 08 collection.
G.V.G.V.: This Fall 08 collection by G.V.G.V. touched on many of the Fall 08 trends as seen in New York Fashion Week. That includes hats, jewel/rich color, fur, leather gloves, and colored tights. The overall feel was a bit of 1970's glamour with a film noir feel that kept it classy, rather than disco-y.
Calcium:Designer Kunio Uehara first came to America in 1993. His experiences and collaborations are far-reaching and include such globally popular companies and Muji. This Fall 08, Calcium was focused on layering print and texture. The collection was youthful and vibrant, one of our favorite pieces was a poppy colored trench with grey fur collar.