Japan Fashion Week doesn’t kick off for another month, but that didn’t stop the organizers from drumming up some excitement with a preview featuring eight of JFW’s 45 collections in a SoHo loft. The talent was terrific. Standouts included The Dress & Co.’s Hideaki Sakaguchi, who paired jackets with ruffled lace and silk gowns to “Deadwood”-meets-Edwardiana effect; Mikio Sakabe and Shueh Jen-Fang’s edgy streetwear vision (oversize intarsia knits and seemingly moth-eaten sweatshirts), and Chaolu Lab’s Satoshi Hiramoto, who worked a grungy, bag-lady vibe as in a drapy fleece top with embroidered trompe l’oeil safety pin closures.

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