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Jotaro Saito runway show AW 2015

Jotaro Saito kimono runway was one of the most spectacular shows I have ever seen. I am truly fascinated with the perfect balance between modern and traditional that Japan in general is so good at but Jotaro Saito takes it to the next level. He makes traditional kimono attire look cool, effortless, nonchalant. His runway show was a sort of role-playing game. Men appeared with a big samurai-like attitude, almost bothered by the whole idea of showing off what they wear. Women were timid, gracefully gliding through the runway portraying the traditional role of a woman in Japanese society. Yet, at the same time, they also appeared hunting, mysterious, regal, almost superior to the proud men next to them. I love these misguiding appearances. I love the idea of huge power under a timid surface and a humble nature behind grandeur.

Designer’s contemporary kimono were beautiful. My favorite was a black and white graphical one with the navy overcoat. I would wear the coat alone with my normal clothes. The silhouette is very in trend right now.


















Sretsis AW 2015 at Tokyo Fashion Week

Sretsis gave a beautiful start to the Tokyo Fashion Week, presenting their AW 2015 collection in a whimsical, romantic setting of an enchanted forest. Maze-like runway was so smart. It gave us the opportunity to enjoy each look multiple times despite the high pace of the show. The flower rain at the finale was absolutely perfect. I couldn’t have asked more from a fashion show. I was instantly hooked, inspired and seriously in love with the brand. I can’t wait for the calibri print maxi dress and the white lace polka dot dress to hit the stores. The models were beautiful too, made me miss my long hair. ^-^







Adorable Beni chan made her runway debut. This kid is seriously cute.














After the show I caught up with other bloggers Yuri, Maya and RinRin Doll. Yuri was wearing Sretsis off-shoulder piano dress.



I am planning to see a couple of more shows tomorrow and Friday. Im excited to work on my exposure triangle. I believe I got better at taking runway photos. The Sretsis ones are very grainy but considering how far away from the stage I was sitting, I’d say it is still a pretty decent job. Stay tuned!

Onitsuka Tiger X Andrea Pompilio RTW Spring 2015

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 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.





Alice Auaa SS2015 runway show

Alice Auaa is a brand created by a Japanese designer Yasutaka Funakoshi. Since 2012, its runways shows have become quite a sensation – it was what people talked about and anticipated the most. Alice Auaa clothes is always dark and scandalous, oriented on sex and fantasy and more often than not borderline costumey.  It does have a very narrow range of customers but there are some big names among them (Lady Gaga) and they do tend to stick around. ^-^

This SS2015 collection was as dramatic as ever. The runway was so dark, it was hard to see let alone take good pictures of models. The background music was very creepy. At some point I imagined myself observing a cult ceremony and wanted to get out of there. There was very little I liked about the clothes or the atmosphere of the runway but I do have the utmost respect to such passionate devotion to this bizarre niche of fashion.  I never mind people expressing themselves through shocking appearances. They show their point of view and I get to be entertained. It’s a win-win every time. ^-^

The show was 30 minutes late so by the time I got out of there I was emotionally and physically drained but attending KBF runway after that gave me a much-needed boost of energy and inspiration. Read about KBF runway show in my next post. ^-^

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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. ^-^




















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.


Yasutoshi Ezumi 2014-2015 A/W runway show & backstage at Tokyo Fashion Week

Yesterday, I went to see another runway show, this time of a Japanese designer Yasutoshi Ezumi. The collection was called “designare” which is Latin for “mark out”, “plan”. It was inspired by Eames House – a famous landmark of mid-20th century modern architecture.

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Major/Minor-Nur Zahra runway show at Tokyo Fashion Week AW 2014

Yesterday, I was lucky enough to receive an invitation to my first ever Fashion week runway show (thanks to my fashion fairy Mai). I have been to runway shows in the past and even participated in some but never during the fashion week.

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Tokyo’s Mercedez Fashion Week or how I almost missed it ^-^

This year, I gave myself a promise to go see Tokyo’s Mercedez Fashion Week and then I almost missed it entirely. I was planning to shake some of my friends for invitations to the closed fashion shows but since most of them are during the day when the whole working Tokyo is.. well working (including moi), I felt too unmotivated to even bother.. Then, I wanted to go check new Mercedez connection building just to get the taste of the fashion fever that was in the air that week and then again, my husband canceled on me the very last minute so I decided not to go alone..

In the end, Ginza fashion show was all I saw this year. And seeing it was quite a challenge! By the time me and Sergey – my fashion friend, arrived to Ginza, it was already closed for access. I will never cease to be amazed at the zest of Japanese event organizers with which they keep public away from accessing a public event! The fashion show on the Chuo street in front of Mitsukoshi department store was supposed to be a public event open to see for the people shopping in the area. Yet, it was closed with white sheets of canvas that was held by an army of event clerks.  You can see on this picture, just how many people they used to keep that sheets on and the runway was several hundred meters long!

So, we became creative and found a spot on the 6th floor of a nearby building. I could see most of the show before the event organizers spotted us and a bunch of other people watching the show from a non-designated location and forced us to go down. It was a really funny commotion. I used my best “I don’t speak Japanese” behavior so the guy who was pushing me, went down, learned a couple of English words, went up again and told me to leave. If that’s not an example of Japanese loyal commitment to their responsibilities, I don’t know what is.

Anyway, the show was weird. The clothes itself was beautiful, lots of Japanese denim outfits that I would love to have. Only, nobody announced the designers or labels. There was no pause between one collection and the next. The models just came out one after another in a long procession, walked the runway and disappeared again. So, I have no idea where to buy the denim jacket that I liked…:(

After the show, we went to check Mitsukoshi’s “New York runway” selection shop – my favorite place to shop for Alexander Wang, Vince and Catherine Malandrino (during the sales period of course, otherwise – no freaking way). They had a mini runway show of their own.

These are my three favorite looks from what they have shown. The floral shift dress with pockets is by a Japanese brand “Beautiful people”. I was sure it was an import but then I checked the official website and it is in fact a Japanese brand – very cute!

After Mitsukoshi, we went to check Issey Miyake’s flagship store called “Elttop tep” or “Pet bottle” in reverse.  I have finally given in and bought a beautiful Bao Bao prism bag in pearly white. I love it! It is very comfy and when it folds it looks magical. I already got so many compliments, it is definitely a keeper.

Then, we went to check Ginza’s new and the world’s biggest UNIQLO store. It was huge, 7 or 8 floors high with lots of collaboration pieces. I liked Orla Kiely t-shirts but so did bunch of other people so I didn’t buy any..

Our final stop was new Dover street market that was moved from Omotesando to Ginza. It was very similar to “Opening ceremony” in Shibuya. Grotesque design gallore, a lot of space for just a few pieces of very expensive clothes and absolutely no customers. I am giving it a few months. ^-^ Although, it has survived all this time in Omotesando. Maybe it only needs a few customers a month to produce some sort of profit…

Oh, there was one more thing that was kinda Fashion week related. Midtown – the main venue for the event was celebrating 5 years anniversary so my Japanese model friend Meg invited me to join her for some champagne and window shopping.

There was a spectacular acrobat show and I think a runway that we managed to miss because we went upstairs to the Suntory museum of art that had free admission that day. I am sure the collection of Chinese and Japanese china artifacts was worth it. ^-^

So that was my Fashion Week. I didn’t see much but at least I didn’t miss it entirely. Next season, I will try to be more active. ^-^