Konnichiwa Japan: It's Tokyo Fashion Week
Everyone loves the quirky flair of Japan’s street culture, and what better way to show the world just what up-and-coming designers have to offer than with fashion week in Tokyo.
Today, the largest metropolitan city in the world, Tokyo, will open it’s doors to the fashion pack for the start of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo. With over 40 designers showcasing their Spring 2013 collections over seven days, just open your minds to all the fashion possibilities!
Although only in it’s third year, MB Fashion Week Tokyo attracts the attention of fashion editors and designers from around the world, particularly since Japanese Vogue Editor-in-Chief, Anna Dello Russo, has been running about fashion town like there’s no tomorrow! This season we expect to see the likes of shoe maven Noritaka Tatehana collaborating with designers on their final looks.
Gaga in her geishas for Vanity Fair, September 2010 issue
Tatehana has become pop diva Lady Gaga’s favorite shoe designer, “by taking geisha and making it Gaga.” The result: clog like shoes, with no heel, which are between 10 to 18 inches tall! Never one to do things in moderation, Gaga has purchased over 20 pairs of these shoes in the last two years!
Japanese designer Masanori Morikawa is also another Gaga favorite, who created her “green” costume worn at the MTV Aid Japan Award in 2011. Morikawa will also be showing his new collection for Christian Dada’s Spring 2013 collection this season. Stay tuned with FashionTV for live coverage.
Time to shine
And Go! Now the spotlight has turned on Tokyo, the city that has become a hotbed not only for its creative talent, but inspiring fashion designers around the world. You need only take a look at the past fashion month stretching New York, London, Milan, and Paris, where many designers looked to Japan for their spring inspirations -- sending out kimonos, traditional Japanese workman’s pants, and plenty of dragon motifs. Prada, Hermès, John Galliano, and Emilio Pucci were amongst some of the big names to travel across the Asian waters with their Spring 2013 looks.
And who can blame them?! From the Harajuku Girls (Gwen Stefani’s back-up dancers), to Shibuya Style, to the ultimate luxury of Ginza, Tokyo is a fabulous stop-off for any creative mind.Capturing Japan: John Galliano Spring 2013 at Paris Fashion Week
Meanwhile American Apparel has announced they will too be exhibiting at fashion week in Tokyo. The Los Angeles company has been selling clothes in Japan for seven years and for the first time will be showing its collection for next Spring -- which is quite a feat considering that American Apparel doesn't have a designated designer. They will be revealing their line today!
One’s to Watch
This week, Alice Auaa, Beautiful People, Christian Dada, Cune, Everlasting Sprout, Fur Fur, Kamishima Chinami, Motonari Ono, Naoshi Sawayanagi, Shiroma, Somarta, Whiz Limited, and Yasutoshi Ezumi are some of the hot names to watch out for!Motonari Ono ran with a cabaret-inspired theme for fashion week in Tokyo last Spring
Stay tuned with FashionTV to see all the latest on- and off- the catwalk news from Japan Fashion Week.