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Alexander Wang x H&M shopping party

Yesterday, H&M Japan invited me to a long-anticipated Alexander Wang x H&M shopping event. This collaboration made a lot of buzz this year. Everyone I know was on edge trying to sneak a peak at the new collection and then of course get their hands on it too.

In my mind, I pictured a lot of soft jersey basics that Alexander Wang is famous for, or at least his T line. I did not expect a full-blown neoprene and everything sportswear collection or the fact that I would like it more than the anticipated jerseys. ^-^

The party didn’t need any warmup. Upon entering, people immediately went down to business. Pictures? Later! I need to have my boxing gloves and leather backpack! So the best of the stuff was grabbed pretty quickly. First went the shoes, then the bags and cutout dresses, then the rest of the stuff. By the end of the shopping spree there were only empty hangers left. I can only imagine what will happen on the 6th of November when the collection becomes available worldwide. Brace yourselves brave people of H&M. Winter is coming!

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To say that there were a lot of recognizable faces there would be an understatement. There were more celebrities than the ordinary folks and that is considering the fact that I don’t know any of those Johnny’s and AKB youngsters.. Models, actors, singers, talents, photographers, bloggers, PR gurus, fashion stylists, fashion entrepreneurs and did I mention models? Lots of models! ^-^

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I could finally meet Emi Renata – the gorgeous tall model in a tank top dress. She was very bubbly just like on her pictures. I loved her energy.

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My favorite VERY model and writer Yoshiko Kriss-Web was as always stunning. She told me that Tim Burton was in town!!! What is the Halloween night without the Halloween king? ^-^ Tonight is promising to be very spooky! Happy Halloween everyone!

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Misha Janette – Tokyo fashion icon, recently did an amazing editorial piece on her blog Tokyo Fashion Diaries. Be sure to check it out.

http://www.tokyofashiondiaries.com/girls-in-black-lead-colorful-lives-nyc/

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PR girls – full of energy despite a super long day!

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Another model I adore is Viviene Sheep – New Zealand raised Taipei girl with a very memorable face. She was very friendly and so calm in the midst of all that shopping craziness. Next to her is Rinrin – model/vlogger and the only Japanese girl I know who speaks flawless English. ^-^

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This is Matsu-you, one of the only Japanese fashion bloggers I know who can make a living out of being a fashion blogger.

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I ended up buying less that I would have hoped for because the stuff went pretty quickly but here are a couple of things I was lucky enough to snatch.

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White tank top 3490

Black jeans 11990

Bikini top and bottom 6490

The collection is going to be available from 6th of November nationwide. Go choose your camping spot now because if you think you can just walk in the doors on that day and have your picks, think again. ^-^ I am not even going to try even though I would love to get a couple of other pieces.. Let the hunger games begin!

 

 

Zin Kato RTW SS2015

Zin Kato is an LA brand created by a Japanese designer Toru Kato.  He presented his new SS 2015 collection that featured a lot of delicate materials with some of the looks resembling more lingerie than RTW separates. Frilly, lacy KAWAII looks is really not my cup of tea but this type of style really hits home with Japanese female population. The showstopper dresses were beautiful but overall I find this collection to be a bit “old lady”. The audience was filled with madame who cheered each look with awws and clapping. ^-^

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Before the show, I ran into Eri who was finishing a photoshoot nearby. We both got our hair done at Miracurl stand by Fabio – famous Italian hair dresser from Sinden. The Miracurl curler is amazing. It curls the hair by itself and the whole head takes only 10 minutes. ^-^ The most important thing for me is that after using it, my hair didn’t smell bad. My home curler is great at doing its job but it also burns my hair.. I only curl my hair when going out to an event or a party so these sort of outings are always associated for me with this smell of burnt hair.. I am so happy that it is in the past now. I will definitely use this curler instead from now on. ^-^ By the way, this is not a sponsored post or anything. I simply share my opinion. ^-^

Stay tuned for more coverage of Tokyo Fashion Week SS2015.

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DRESSEDUNDRESSED RTW SS2015

DRESSEDUNDRESSED RTW SS2015 runway show was a breath of fresh air for me. The crisp, clean tailoring in a combination with pure, almost non-colors really drew me in with its creative balance between simplicity and sophistication. I also really liked the styling of the models – the hair, the geeky round fashion glasses, the flat shoes. The peculiar looking fashion duo of two designers Takeshi Kitazawa and Emiko Sato presented a very well-thought, well-cut collection of wearable separates under the appropriately named theme “Intelligence”.

Do I want some of its pieces? Absolutely. The t-shirt dress with a face on it and a white maxi skirt are very cute. Some of my friends on Instagram were questioning the taste level of the sheer t-shirts and tank tops for men but I think it can all look very appropriate in the right context. Plus, we all know that even though the collection is ready-to-wear, there are always some elements of the costume present. Some pieces are there for pure showstopping purposes. The black mesh top may not be as wearable in the daily life as some of the other pieces but it certainly grabs the attention on the runway. ^-^

At the show, I sat right next to a super cute style blogger from Holland – Lily from http://www.hashtagbylily.com/.  Please check out her blog if you are looking for fresh style inspirations. This is her, wearing a sparkly pencil skirt with a white cotton t-shirt – very original!

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Stay tuned for more coverage of Tokyo Fashion Week SS2014.

Atsushi Nakashima SS2015 runway show

Atsushi Nakashima SS 2015 RTW show was fantastic. I loved the jewel tone colors a lot and the show stopping flowy dresses at the end really hit home with me. The ombre dye of the silk was so beautiful. The rest of the collection was sporty though, with a lot of loose-fitting items and chunky accessories. The theme for the collection was “broken diamonds” that reflected in kaleidoscopic prints and gorgeous translucent bracelets and necklaces that resembled shattered diamonds.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t capture the whole collection so I urge you to check it out at the Tokyo Fashion Week website.

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At the end of the show I ran into vibrant howtwolive.com bloggers. Their gorgeous outfits stood out from the crowd of mostly business folks who attended the show. It’s funny how the more dressed up a blogger appears at the runway show the more likely they are there to take an Instagram selfie than to actually cover the event. ^-^

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A DEGREE FAHRENHEIT SS RTW 2015

A DEGREE FAHRENHEIT was my first runway show of SS2015 Fashion week. Yu Amatsu, the designer showed two collections this season: one for Hanae Mori and one for his own label A DEGREE FAHRENHEIT that he launched after working in New York as a pattern maker for Marc Jacobs!! I have a newly found respect for a pattern making trade. Watching season after season of Project runway, I never realized that it is nothing short of pure mathematics. The designers on the show made their pattern in mere hours while in reality it takes a lot of work. For the first time ever, I decided to make something myself – a Halloween costume for my son. Making your own pattern involves a lot of calculations. I found myself drowning in numbers for days before I could come up with something more or less resembling a pattern. Seriously, the job of a pattern maker should not be underestimated. They are pure geniuses.

A DEGREE FAHRENHEIT showed RTW casual mens and womenswear mainly in muted grey and silver tones. The theme of the collection was a temperature of -37.89F ° at which liquid mercury solidifies. The shimmering silver of mercury can be seen in the fabric choices (satin, silk) and the movement of shapes.

Sweatshirt fleece is THE fabric of this season on many runways and you can see a lot of sweatshirt looks in here as well. The collection didn’t have the wow factor one would expect from a runway show but as a customer I was hooked in an instant. Every piece was not only wearable but matched my aesthetic: subtle, understated chic.

These looks were my favorite and I would love to buy some of them right away.

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Unfortunately, my own photos are far from being perfect. I was sitting on the second row and couldn’t take any decent shots. So the above photos were taken from Tokyo Fashion Week official website.

And here are my own shots.

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After the runway, I ran into Ena Kitamura from retoys.net magazine. She gave me tips on how to improve my runway shots. If only I met her earlier. ^-^ Stay tuned for more coverage of Tokyo fashion week SS 2015.

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Ritsuko Shirahama SS2015 backstage

This season, Tokyo Fashion Week started for me from the backstage of Ritsuko Shirahama SS2015 runway show. Mizu san – the principal artist for Maybelline flew in from New York to do the makeup for all the shows sponsored by the brand. He spoke very passionately about the concept behind the look he created for this collection. The designer was inspired by the movement of light and she wanted the makeup to reflect it. That and the 60s groovy vibe that was also a part of her inspiration. So Mizu san took 6os and put a modern twist on it by creating flat eyebrows and a wide frame for the eyes, cutting Maybelline Lash Factory lashes and placing them strategically at various angles. Then, he used Maybelline’s newest mascara base Big eyes and Magnum Volum’ Express to finish it up perfectly. Big eyes mascara is going to be available at the end of November. The focal point of the look was the use of white eyeliner. The illusion of light it created was undeniable.

Strong eyes like that called for a super natural skin and the minimum of eye shadows. He basically didn’t use any but when he did, he blended them with a BB mineral foundation creating a more organic look.

The nails were done in the same white shade as the eyeliner. The nail polish was provided by ESSIE and will be available for sale from November 29th as a part of Christmas limited edition collection.

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This is Solomiya Zgoda – my favorite model of the season. Besides being the face of Mercedes-Benz TFW official posters, she also walked most of the shows. She is Ukrainian and the only model who greeted me with a smile. ^-^

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Unfortunately I couldn’t go to the runway show itself because of work so this picture below was taken from the official TFW website.

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These are the official bloggers for Tokyo Fashion Week and I am so happy to be part of their team again this season. ^-^

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Stay tuned for more posts on TFW SS2015. ^-^