The final show of this season’s Tokyo fashion week, Mastermind Japan was every bit the spectacle fans were hoping it would be. Designer Masaaki Homma seemed to view the event more as a sales promotion activity than a chance to showcase his work, as press were relegated to the back rows of the hall in Tokyo Midtown. After a short live performance by a Japanese band, the show started with looks from the brand’s collaboration with A Bathing Ape, which went on sale earlier in the week. The spring collection included Homma’s signature leather jackets with his skull-and-crossbones logo emblazoned in rhinestones, as well as plenty of denim and black jersey pieces. But there was also a softer side, evidenced by long tiered skirts in white and pink, and a series of delicately embroidered pieces worn with red espadrilles. After the show finished Homma unveiled a car that he designed with Mercedes-Benz, which will be released next year, and models in t-shirts bearing earthquake-related messages such as “You’re not alone” tossed stuffed animals into the audience.

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