Typically one of the more adventurous Tokyo brands, this season’s Somarta collection felt more commercial and seemed to skew toward a slightly more mature customer.

After a recent trip to Kyoto, designer Tamae Hirokawa drew inspiration from traditional kimonos, mixing the idea with high-tech Japanese triacetate fabrics, which easily could have passed for natural silk. In keeping with her nod to traditional Japanese motifs, she staged her show at a restaurant overlooking a pond and took advantage of the natural light.

 

Colors, splashed on wrap dresses, layered skirts and kimono-sleeve tops tied with obi belts, ranged from deep evergreen and midnight blue to dusty pastel shades of aqua and pink, with plenty of neutrals in between. The few prints that made an appearance were abstract and modern, while accessories like feather-fringed belts and spiky metallic necklaces helped keep the looks fresh.

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