By  on September 4, 2009

TOKYO — Japan Fashion Week isn’t until next month, but some of this city’s most-anticipated runway shows are taking place Saturday. About 20,000 people, most of them young women in their 20s and 30s, are expected to pack into an Olympic stadium near Harajuku for the ninth edition of the popular consumer fashion show Tokyo Girls Collection. Attendees shell out as much as 7,500 yen, or about $80, for tickets to watch models like Yu Yamada and Chikako Watanabe strut down an enormous catwalk, winking and waving to their fans along the way.

This fall’s TGC lasts six-and-a-half hours, in line with previous editions. Once the show wraps, attendees can log on to the event’s Web site via mobile phone or computer and purchase the flirty feminine clothes that just made their way down the runway. Last spring-summer’s show featured everything from gold lamé leggings to frilly bikinis and delicate floral dresses.

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