TOKYO — Tokyo’s official fashion week may still be a month away but some Japanese brands got an early start to the season by staging their shows this week.


Most recently, Mercibeaucoup staged Friday a presentation at a venue that was both unusual and fitting of the collection: a Tex-Mex restaurant. Designer Eri Utsugi drew inspiration from the Wild West, while still incorporating her signature quirkiness. Fleece hoodies were trimmed with feather-shaped strips of fabric to resemble North American headdresses, and colorful prints, from Southwest-inspired to cartoon cacti, adorned garments from crisp shirts to sweatpants. Utsugi also added a preppy element with a series of striped shirts and polos, paired with overalls and poufy shorts.

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