As it began in 2005, Japan Fashion Week is still not as clearly visible as those of Paris and New York. To that end, here is our recap of the designers who showed their Fall 2008 collections on the runway yesterday, many of whom are newcomers to the West. Now, soak up these summaries and casually drop this info like Japan Fashion Week is 'yesterday's news'. You'll be photographed by Cobrasnake, hit up on Myspace, and be asked to start your own Viva Radio show in no time.
Hidenobu Yasui: A Central St Martin's grad who's been designing for nearly ten years (though the St Martins bit came right in the middle of this). Yasui speaks of his designs by saying, "I hope that my collection makes a woman feel nostalgic, as well as protected with a soft touch that characterizes the [the] willowy, feminine side of her." This Fall 08 saw long, lean blazers and an ivory and black palate that was quite chic and soft, though not 'girly'.
MODE ÀCŌTÉ: Minoru Adachi's line was one of the first to appear in Japan Fashion Week back in 2005. His collections are distributed internationally. This Fall 08 collection, coined as 'noir', experimented with texture and tailoring. Thigh high patent leather boots anchored the more feminine frocks and blouses in the collection.
Kamishima Chinami:Kamishima Chinami launched her own line in 1998, after nearly ten years working in the industry. This season, Chinami succeeded in using tule and down in the most tailored way imaginable (two elements that are known for just the opposite) resulting in a collection that was full off contrasts in texture and shape.
Zechia: Zechia is designed by Masahiro Nakagawa and Lica, both former designers for brand 20471120. This fashion week they focused on ethical textiles and called upon retro inspired silhouettes from the 1950's and 60's to inspire their 'woman' themed collection. Select garments from the collection are also being auctioned off for charity. This is Zechia's first season in Japan Fashion Week, and their second collection to date.
Motonari Ono: Motonari Ono's Fall 2008 collection was his first to appear in Japan Fashion Week. The young designer worked as chief pattern maker for Bora Aksu in London before returning to Japan to launch his own collection. As to be expected Ono's aesthetic speaks to a younger consumer, as his designs are quarky and sexy; that special brand of twenty-something pizzaz. Perhaps it's Ono's other occupation as an illustrator that contributes to this lively, youthful aesthetic.
Mint Designs: Hokuto Katsui and Nao Yagi are the designers behind Mint Designs. Both finished their training at Central St. Martins, where they met. Since the label's launch in 2001, Mint Designs has participated in Uniqlo's Designers Invitation Project and won the New Face Designer Award providing them with international recognition. This Fall 08's theme "Trash, Slash, and Flash" was all about bright colors (orange in particular) and wild, imaginative designs.
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