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.