TOKYO — Tokyo’s official fashion week may still be a month away but some Japanese brands got an early start to the season by staging their shows this week.
Most recently, Mercibeaucoup staged Friday a presentation at a venue that was both unusual and fitting of the collection: a Tex-Mex restaurant. Designer Eri Utsugi drew inspiration from the Wild West, while still incorporating her signature quirkiness. Fleece hoodies were trimmed with feather-shaped strips of fabric to resemble North American headdresses, and colorful prints, from Southwest-inspired to cartoon cacti, adorned garments from crisp shirts to sweatpants. Utsugi also added a preppy element with a series of striped shirts and polos, paired with overalls and poufy shorts.
On Thursday Nozomi Ishiguro, known for his often avant-garde fashions, unveiled a new line, called Tambourine. The inaugural collection showed a more toned-down side of Ishiguro. Models walked the runway in pleated chiffon tops, canvas miniskirts with oversized pockets, loose satin trousers and overalls, and logo t-shirts shredded into knotted strips at the back. The men’s selection was even more casual, incorporating hooded sweatshirts and sweatpants, as well as patchworked and studded denim pieces. A bold graffiti-like print appeared throughout both the men’s and women’s collections.
After spending two weeks in Portland, Oregon, Factotum designer Koji Udo on Wednesday unveiled a collection of laid-back looks that he dubs the “new hippie” style. Denim overalls and blazers were paired with striped canvas trousers, loose fleece sweatshirts and checked shirts in shades of blue and yellow. Flower corsages and a series of rose-print shirt dresses, cut-off shorts and rompers paid tribute to the symbol of Udo’s inspiration city.