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Japan Fashion Week: Akira Naka

Japan Fashion Week: Akira Naka Spring 2009

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Akira Naka spent much of his early career experimenting with knitwear with intriguing results, but like a true Japanese fashion rebel he chose to go a different direction for spring/summer and his debut solo runway show. His collection featured sharply tailored looks including a lot of mini dresses, many with zippered details and textured fabric inserts. There were also rubberized tops and high-waisted skirts and trousers. Much of this felt like a retread of past European collections—that’s only natural since Naka studied at the Royal College of Fine Art in Antwerp before returning to Japan to start up his label. Still, the pieces were well-executed and polished.

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