Tokyo's got it goin' on. We're on the third day of Japan Fashion Week, and if you aren't live blogging the festivities, or perhaps missed yesterday's happenings, here's our recap of what went down. With only a few official years under their belt, Tokyo's Fashion Week is proving to be a place where talent simmers and fashionistas tune in. Much less stressful that our cities own tent shows, we love the opportunity to watch Fall 08 from the comfort of our favorite NYC coffee shop.
Mikio Sakabe: This duo design team met in Belgium and returned to Japan to launch Mikio Sakabe, though the companies namesake started the line in Fall 07, with a collection shown in Paris. This Fall 08 the collection included some fantastical prints that referenced those seen in the previous resort collection. As has been consistent, masculine tailoring and extras like ties, make for wild but smart silhouettes. Click here to see images from the Fall 08 collection.
Support Surface: Norio Surikabe's line, Support Surface, was launched in the crazy year of 1999. Prior to the lines conception Surikabe gained experience designing for Alberto Biani. This Fall 08 stayed true to the Support Surface aesthetic, which is typically conservative, and classic in its reliance on knitwear, basic trousers, and feminine blouses. This Fall 08 saw typical Fall colors like burnt orange, vanilla, and rusty brown. Click here to see images from the Fall 08 collection.
Under Castle: Hmmm, we're picking up on the visual. This men's underwear line 'Under Castle' is run by Shinichiro Shimojo. Shimojo devotes himself, in addition to fashion, to graphic design and writing. Like many designers, these extra-fashion pursuits influence the designs we see on the runway. For Fall 08, the womenswear pieces were relatively subdued with graphic prints for matching sets. Click here to see images from the Fall 08 collection.
Ato:The collection was borne over ten years ago and since then has maintained its own manufacturing facilities, flagship store, and various international accounts. As for America, you can only find the line in Los Angeles (much to our surprise) or via e-commerce, that is, if you prefer to just nestle in your East Coast lounge chair.
Jotaro Saito: At 27 Jotaro Saito became a kimono artist, making him one of the youngest designers to devote himself to this craft. Today the line thrives as one that maintains the traditional uniform yet speaks to a modern lifestyle and younger consumer. Saito's line has also expanded to include a vast selection of interior notions (from furniture to custom screens) and has even broadened his scope to include rolling suitcases. Click here to see images from the Fall 08 collection.
Ne-net: The brand Ne-net is one of many to reside under the A-net, Inc. umbrella. This Fall 08 season revealed wild animal masks in compliment to garments layered with dynamic textures. The overall feelings was of a child's subconscious where innocent play lends itself to darker truths. Designer Kazuaki Takashima had his debut collection featured in Japan Fashion Week the same year that line was conceived, it has been thriving as an avant garde line ever since. Click here to see images from the Fall 08 collection.
Matohu: Both Hiroyuki Horihata and Makiko Sekiguchi worked as pattern makers for five years before launching their line, Matohu, in 2005. The pair met while working for Bora Aksu, and returned to Japan thereafter to start the line. Given their technical skills and back end knowledge of the business it's no wonder that Fall 08 included oversized knits and jerseys that were not lost on the rail-thin models. Oversized is not always as simple as it looks. One dreamy Autumn skied overcoat, for instance, tucked in just the right places. Click to the see images from the Fall 08 collection.