TOKYO — Japan Fashion Week closed its five-day run on Friday with its usual mix of styles, but the shows attracted fewer international buyers than past editions.
In terms of attendance, 15,951 people attended the week’s official on-calendar shows and presentations. That figure represents a 4.2 percent increase from last year but a decrease of 10.5 percent from the fall shows in March. JFW organizers blamed the drop from March on the fact that there were nine fewer runway shows this time around. Perhaps more significantly, the number of registered international buyers also took a hit. Only 50 foreign buyers came this season compared with 62 in March and 125 in October.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"