- Views Nippon × Fashion 2012
- Rising Stars in the Fashion World
- A Look at Japan’s Leading Young Designers
- [2012.03.01] Read in: 日本語 | 简体字 | 繁體字 | FRANÇAIS | ESPAÑOL |
Even as fast fashion takes the world by storm, a few designers continue to make clothes following their own unique vision. Here is an introduction to 12 up-and-coming brands that embody the present and the future of mode in Japan.
This brand is a collaboration between Sakabe Mikio (born in 1976), who graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp at the top of his class, and Taiwanese designer Shueh Jen Fang. They launched the brand with an installation-style show for their 2007 autumn/winter Paris collection. From spring/summer 2008 they began showing in Paris and Tokyo. For autumn/winter 2011, they hosted a fashion and Akiba culture (Akiba is short for Akihabara) combined event, featuring a talked-about appearance on the runway by the J-pop girl group Dempagumi.inc. The theme of their 2012 spring/summer collection is Holy. In an about turn from last season, they present a relaxed and natural view of the world with pastel tones and frequent use of gauze fabrics.
- Other articles in this report
- Opening Up Japanese FashionThe current state and future of Japanese fashion cannot be summed up in one simple statement, but we bring together three observers who share a deep insight and close connection to the field to freely exchange their thoughts on the subject.
- An Explorer of Japanese StyleTokyo is far from the established fashion capitals of the world, but the styles seen on its streets continue to attract global attention. We interview an American woman whose fascination with uniquely Japanese looks brought her to the country more than a decade ago; she has been involved in the fashion scene in Japan ever since.
- Kōenji’s Kitakore BuildingThe Kōenji district to the west of central Tokyo is a residential district also known for its vintage clothing stores. Along its main shopping street is a strangely colored structure: the Kitakore Building, which is attracting international attention in fashion circles.
- How Can Harajuku Get Its Groove Back?Harajuku in Tokyo is known around the world as a street-fashion Mecca. Yonehara Yasumasa has kept a close eye on the neighborhood’s street life, snapping photos with his Cheki instant camera. Here he speaks his mind about how commercialism has dulled the Harajuku style and what it will take to revive youth culture there.
- Models Just Like UsDespite the ongoing downturn in Japan’s publishing industry, one fashion magazine is thriving: Popteen, a lifestyle monthly for young women that enjoys a circulation of 420,000. Who exactly are the “reader models” that have been the key to its popularity?