TOKIO FASHION WEEK
Last week was Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Tokyo and I must say… half of the shows were actually not that appealing and uninspiring. With that said –on the brighter/creative side- there were some great collections that stood out from the pile of runways.
99%is was one of my favorite collections this season which was entitled “Black Hawaii”; models were walking down the runway with lace masks, black flower necklaces, socks with sandals and some of them with pins as piercings. As for the clothes, it featured a wide range of punk-inspired leather head-to-toe outfits and also Hawaii floral patterns in purple and light blue as well as tailored suits wore with skirts and leather overalls that caught my complete attention the minute I saw them. It was both great and cohesive. Yoshio Kubo also delivered a polished collection with fisherman-like models featuring military-style patterns, a look-a-like fringe trimmed Frida Kahlo, color blocking, and also became part of the sporty chic trend. Mr. Gentleman on the other hand showcased bold colors with shorts over pants and lots of color blocking also with sporty twists but it wasn’t anything to get excited about.
Onitsuka Tiger by designer Andrea Pompilio –which closed this fashion week-, was eye catching, with models sporting pop-art inspired patterns over denim suits and bold colors in chic and edgy sportswear from sweatpants to high tops and camo shorts.
In short, I must admit the shock-factor was nowhere to be seen and I expected much more for the pret-a-porter 2015 season. It felt like the designers were trying to do American-inspired collections and mostly all the shows delivered a nice commercial approach –menswear wise. I hope next season we will see more ground breaking fashion and less off the rack clothing.