TOKYO — Japan Fashion Week, which ended its six-day run Saturday, drew mostly positive reviews from buyers making the rounds of runway shows and showrooms.
But it’s still unclear how much that feedback will actually translate into sales. Japan is planning to increase its sales tax to 8 percent from 5 percent in April and some Japanese retailers are expressing a certain level of caution about how much that added cost might deter shoppers. Meanwhile, foreign buyers here said they are being selective when it comes to placing orders.
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?"