Japan Fashion Week :: Updates

Japan Fashion Week began in Tokyo and it's been pure madness, for me, a reporter who speaks no Japanese (nor reads/writes it) trying to navigate my way around the city in four inch heels with a Marc Jacobs bag full of stuff! But I love it. After confirming that I am indeed with the press and NOT a model I was escorted to the right people and thus it begun.

Miraculously I made it to all of the shows I was invited to, and I was on time. If only I could have gone to Ne-net too. None of the shows started on time--fifteen minutes late give or take, not as bad as NY Fashion Week (Marc Jacobs has been known to hold a show up for a half hour). Japan is pretty punctual. Fashion Week kicked off with
Motonari Ono, whose mixed silhouettes and subdued colors were as mellow as the Indie Rock-like audio backdrop to the show.

While many of the designers said that they wanted to bring a dose of creativity to their designs, they bored me with their colors. Of all the shows I saw,
Theatre Products and mintdesigns were my favorites, because they pushed the envelope with mixes of colors, shapes and patterns. Using a combination of real people--from an old grandmother type to an elementary schoolgirl--Theatre Products took it back to the future with modernized 60s ensembles.

I can't wait to see what tomorrow has in store as I have four shows lined up and perhaps even a fifth. I'm totally missing a party right now because I'm spent, but JFW is worth the swollen feet.

Motonari Ono is a well known Japanese designer who opened fashion week on Monday at Harajuku Quest Hall with a line full of very feminine cuts but void of much color. His models wore mullets and so did he:

Motonari Ono at the garcinshinois show at Belle Epoque COllege of Beauty in Tokyo

Motonari Ono and me at the same show

Photo from the garconshinois show....it was a mix of men's wear, women's wear and they even had little kids in the show, wearing cute outfits like the older models. Overall the line was very unimpressive.

Shalwah Evans
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1 comment:

  1. Cool! And... more pictures please! Can't believe you went all the way around the world for a fashion week! So incredible.