Onitsuka Tiger runway show was the last one for me this season and the best one yet in terms of entertainment. ^-^ Thanks to my friend Fabio, I got myself a VIP seat at the sponsor booth and an opportunity to wait for the start of the show there instead of lining up outside with the rest of the people for an hour. Yep, the show was fashionably late.
Andrea Pompilio is a designer for Onitsuka Tiger’s clothing line. He presented a very cool collection and an amazing show with 40!! models walking down a U-shaped runway. The finale was very dramatic – all the models lined up in rows on a separate stage for a final view of the entire collection.
I really liked some of the pieces like floor-grazing dresses, sweats with industrial tape-like stripes and gladiator sneakers. I also loved the styling of the models especially the feather crowns.
After the show, we were all invited to an after party at IDOL in Aoyama. I ran into a couple of friends so we decided to check it out together. One of them told me that when he was little, Onitsuka Tiger were the uncool, everyone-has-it type of sneakers and Adidas was something of a must-have. ^-^ Well, the brand did really well since. Old, forgotten labels are rebranding now with these cool, trending new looks and smart marketing campaigns. Look at the Birkenstock for crying out loud. Yes, they are still ridiculous but yes, I bought a pair this summer. ^-^
Before the start of the show – Andrea is finalizing models’ positions on the stage.
My favorite dress in my favorite color. ^-^
Interview with the designers after the runway show.
Ran into sisters from howtwolive.com again.
With my friends after the show.
At the IDOL, Aoyama
Amazing sticker art! The artist was creating the famous Shibuya crossing out of small colorful stickers.
KBF RTW SS2015 runway show was the opposite of Alice Auaa extravaganza – it was super simple, super clean, presenting ready to wear separates with minimal design. I like this kind of clothes because it doesn’t overwhelm me. I can express my point of view by styling simple layers in my own unique way. With complex, costume like garments, the artist makes all the decisions for you, you are merely transmitting his point of view as your own. ^-^
KBF is a brand that is supported by one of the biggest retail groups – Urban research. It has an affordable price tag and wide availability across country and online. There are three designers working for the label – Mika Horagushi, Kana Sakurai and Yae Matsuoka. They implemented a lot of popular trends into this collection including back-in-style wide-leg pants, cropped tops, midi skirts and paper-bag-waists. Everything looked chic and effortless.
The final walk had an element of surprise. Instead of showing the major pieces of the collection, the designers chose to dress all models in the same outfit. I was so excited to see such a witty finale and with Okamoto Tao walking that night, the show was everything I have hoped it to be. The brand may be oriented on the mass market but it is pretty serious about its commitment to quality and design.
After the show I ran into Lucia and Ksenia – Tokyo multitalented darlings who are not only beautiful but also very smart.
Thank you Lily from hashtagbylily.com for giving me the opportunity to see this fabulous how.
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. ^-^
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.
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.
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. ^-^
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.
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.
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.