Everyone is so in-tune and aware of New York, London, Paris and Milan Fashion Weeks but do we really give the others enough attention? The answer is no. But I guess that’s because there is not really any media attention here in England that focuses on the fashion weeks outside the main four. So I decided to look into the Tokyo & Seoul Fashion Weeks to get the lo-down from East Asia’s hottest fashion capitals.
Fashion in Tokyo is a beautiful concoction of colour, textures and personality. Thus it is not surprising that Tokyo has perhaps the most unique Fashion Week of them all. The Street style is so interesting, and literally everyone looks amazing no matter what they are wearing (Check out Vogue’s Highlights here)
This brand takes the absurd and the bizarre to the next level, models strutted down the Aw16 Runway in clothes that seemed to have no other theme than being totally eclectic, however, meaning could be provided through the strange props that the models were armed with. One male model wore a monster mask that turned him into a cyclops (Look 7) while another had a one made up of several eyes (Look 28) and a few others wore animal heads (Look 17, Look 26) and a few women were adorned in cat masks (Look 2 & Look 22). Overall the show was fantastically theatrical and totally bonkers in a really cool way. Founder Yoshikazu Yamagata is an underrated talent that needs more attention and yes while his fabulous creations might be near impossible to pull off in the real world his fairy tale circus like collection is a piece of exquisite art.
The aesthetic of DressedUndressed couldn’t be more different from Written Afterwards and that’s why Tokyo Fashion Week is so interesting, the diversity has no bounds. DressedUndressed follows a very minimalistic and muted approach to fashion much like what has been seen throughout the western fashion weeks. The models wore simple structured pieces in monochrome colours of Black, White, Grey, Navy and Beige (Look 1, Look 18, Look 19 & Look 20). While being a much more wearable collection that Written Afterwards, DressedUndressed’s display of cool and pared down pieces still made for an interesting show.
Maruyama’s AW16 collection feels like it has jumped right out of a Tim Burton film, it’s dark and gothic but also girly and colourful at the same time. For the beginning of his Maruyama used the night sky as a design motif as many items were in midnight blue hues (Look 10 &Look 17) covered in shiny stars (Look 1 & Look 8) and featured intricate constellation patterns (Look 2 & Look 3). As the show moves on brighter colours are slowly introduced to contrast the witching hour inspired pieces to make way for ladylike Pyjama satins (Look 19, Look 34, Look 35 & Look 36), fabulously sophisticated furs (Look 20, Look 37) and mismatching and clashing print two piece 1950’s style suits (Look 26, Look 29 & Look 30). The final look was just so divine as Maruyama mixed florals with the previous star motif to create a show stopping floor length gown. I would have to say my favourite designs from the collection would have to be Look 3, Look 41 and of course that final look.
Seoul is just as much a cool and quirky fashion hotspot as its sister city Tokyo so it’s no surprise to see the streets alive with tonnes of trendy and experimental fashionistas during Seoul Fashion Week (Check out Vogue’s Highlights here).
90’s Grunge is so popular right now and R.Shemiste is practically perfect at capturing that I don’t care attitude and nonchalance that the look is all about. Models meandered down the catwalk wearing chunky chokers (Look 1 & Look 2) cool sporty styling (Look 6) and plenty of distressed denim (Look 7, Look 12 & Look 15). Basically, any cool girl who is currently following the 90’s grunge look has probably compiled a very long wish list after seeing R.Shemiste’s Autumn/Winter collection
I don’t really know how to describe the Pushbutton show as the collection feels high end and luxury but at the same time, it incorporates elements of casual and vibrant street wear. One thing I will say though is that the tailoring is impeccable like this interesting spin on the ever present LBD (Look 2) and this oversized white shirt meshes so well with the black bustier dress (Look 6). Also, I really loved this mustard yellow jumpsuit coupled with the houndstooth coat (Look 10). However, some of the more street wear styled pieces like this anime jumper (Look 26) and this quite frankly awful looking ensemble (Look 19) were disappointing in an otherwise really great and chic show.
This is androgyny at its best, Ordinary People’s AW16 range is literally the sleekest and coolest wearable show I have seen in a long time. Most of the show was male but the occasional woman popped up and she didn’t look out of place wearing the tailored pieces just as well as the men. This cool salmony suit (Look 5) worn by a male model would look just as cool on a woman, which for the most part is what a lot of fashion is about in South Korea and Japan and is probably why all of the shows here are of both males and females rather than separate shows for each like we have in the western shows. Stand out pieces for me were: this ensemble of a black choker, super soft fleece jumper and smooth silky copper pants (Look 6), the dark forest green suit (Look 10), this dapper coat (Look 32).
I am totally head over heels with some of these collections, the sheer theatrical and quirky quality of WrittenAfterwards’ show has me so intrigued and in awe of designer Yoshikazu Yamagata and the cool and dapper androgyny of Ordinary People is something I will be taking inspiration from when Autumn Winter 2016 rolls around. Basically, I am in love with the Tokyo and Seoul Fashion weeks!
Check out my other Fashion Week Posts here!