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KBF AW 2015 runway show

KBF AW 2015 runway was the last one I saw this season. I got to see it previous year accidentally but this time I specifically chose it as my final show because I knew it won’t disappoint me. The hall was packed but my friends and I were lucky to get seats in the second row. I did better with my photos because I was so close. By the way my camera settings for 38mm lens were shutter speed 500, F2.8, ISO 6400. The show was amazing. The visual effects made models appear to be walking in a sand storm. And the alienesque looks of the models made it even more surreal. The theme for the collection evolved around journey. There was a lot of outerwear and oversized sweaters. I really liked the white mixed-knit one. The collection was very retail-oriented. There was nothing particularly innovative going on but I liked a lot of pieces including quilted coat and maxi skirts. Color palette was also right up my alley. I’ll be checking these looks in the stores for sure.

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I really like this model, Mona Matsuoka. She is stunning.

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KBF RTW SS2015 runway show

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.

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After the show I ran into Lucia and Ksenia – Tokyo multitalented darlings who are not only beautiful but also very smart.

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Thank you Lily from hashtagbylily.com for giving me the opportunity to see this fabulous how.

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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. ^-^