Perhaps the most atmospheric presentation of fashion week took place at a beautifully lit shrine. It was a chilly but welcome change of pace from Shibuya Hikarie, the rather generic office/retail complex that is home to most of the week’s runway shows. Mikio Sakabe and Writtenafterwards’ Yoshikazu Yamagata oversaw Tokyo New Age, part of a retailer-driven initiative called Shibuya Fashion Week, that showcased the work of four young designers. It was a fascinating peek at some of the names likely to be seen in future editions of Tokyo’s fashion week calendar.

 

Distinctly Japanese themes dominated: Keisuke Yoshida showed a sweater depicting a scene in a karaoke parlor as well as a button-down shirt with extralong sleeves and an undone tie tucked through the waist of a pair of trousers — the latter perhaps a sendup of Tokyo’s drunken salary men. Rin Rinka incorporated kimono fabric accents into her creations, which included wide-legged pants and a cropped motorcycle jacket. Soshi Otsuki turned out pieces that referenced Buddhism, including jackets embellished with flowers reminiscent of those on Japanese temples and a sweatshirt bearing the face of Buddha himself. Finally, Kotoha Yokozawa produced pieces with a futuristic feel — including a gold lamé dress with pouf sleeves and pants in transparent vinyl — while her leather coat with an abstract multicolor lining was her strongest and most wearable look.

By  on March 23, 2015

Perhaps the most atmospheric presentation of fashion week took place at a beautifully lit shrine. It was a chilly but welcome change of pace from Shibuya Hikarie, the rather generic office/retail complex that is home to most of the week’s runway shows. Mikio Sakabe and Writtenafterwards’ Yoshikazu Yamagata oversaw Tokyo New Age, part of a retailer-driven initiative called Shibuya Fashion Week, that showcased the work of four young designers. It was a fascinating peek at some of the names likely to be seen in future editions of Tokyo’s fashion week calendar.

 

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