JLS’ aesthetic is built upon a thorough knowledge of tailoring (he worked on Sevile Row) so his cuts and shapes are sharp. The John lawrence sullivan 2015-16 AW collection shown at Tokyo Fashion Week is a take on retro-futurism with some of the best looks the designer has punched out.
In fact, there are many materials here that look like they were picked up from a retro “house of tomorrow”. The fur rug, the orange lampshade, the tweed curtains, the buttery soft leather brown couch… but the cerulean blue and zippy orange together are truly a modern element for today-tomorrow..
One thing about fashion that we industry people and fans alike understand, but that people who just want to wear “clothes” don’t, is how a design acts as a direct line to the brain, changing our mood and demeanor as long as its on. Conversely, it can do the same thing to those around the person who dresses up. I was so pumped for the last day of fashion week, I felt like dressing like my own toy- courtesy of Facetasm SS 2015. No matter our age, sometimes we just want to let it all out.
Let’s see Day 6 of Tokyo Fashion Week, with Facetasm, Writtenafterwards (written by…), Sulvam, John Lawrence Sullivan and Factotum!
Russian fur hats, “Bosozoku” biker gang jackets with nationalistic-inspired embroidery, tailored coats (and matching armor boots) of Kimono silk… Dada was on a roll. But as soon as that long wispy goth dress decided to grace us with her presence, it was a homerun with me. Dada’s siganture has always been embroidery, and it was spotted just enough throughout the collection like the perfect amount of dijon mustard in a sandwich. Not too much, not too little. The maxi length– and I can’t say this enough- is gorgeous. And it really shines with the pleats in kimono print. See the whole AW 2015-16 winter collection as shown at Tokyo Fashion Week below. Photos by Mami Tanabe.
The fifth day of any big fashion week is when the adrenaline kicks in and you feel like you’ve got all the power in the world and can go on forever (Because the last day is when you crash and need to carry an IV drip for electrolytes). Perhaps this is why the first show was scheduled the earliest and the last the latest this day… It’s *biologically* sound.
Today we had House of Holland, ADEAM, Yazbukey & Shu Uemura, SRETSIS, Johan Ku and Banal Chic Bizarre. Check it out;
Some brands put on shows for their customers, while others put on a show for the world. I won’t be wearing this collection, but I will be talking about it for days.Yoshio Kubo took us to the desert, where strapping lads play extreme sports on the dunes. He imagined these desert games in suits in mixed print textiles and a shiny laminate print which looked Afghan (and the Japanese press called it so) but since the models only came out halfway down the runway I can hardly say for sure. There were bits of athletic striped and neon highlights on knit that look weathered. I imagined rugby or football on the baked earth. And speaking of baked, the models were rocking that punk colored half-shaved glassy hair…
See the collection through photographer Mami Tanabe’s lens
You know when you hit a wall? And I`m not talking mentally, I`m talking like, hitting a wall. This is what happens when you’re running to a show and trying to check Twitter at the same time to see if the show hasn’t started yet. Or just when it’s day 4 of the marathon. Thursday was possibly the busiest day of the season because of some off-duty work to be done, but it was sandwiched by some great shows. Let’s check ’em out-
It’s appropriate and probably very on-purpose that Mintdesigns chooses to show their collections at Ebisu Garden Hall every season. First, it’s big- and when you’re one of THE largest-name brands in Tokyo, you need to fit a stadium of people into a small space. Not only that, but Ebisu seems almost like….well, it’s not “Tokyo”. It’s more like a chunk of Europe flew off the continent and lodged itself a few kms from Shibuya. There’s the Joel Robuchon chateau, the yuppies and their little dogs on platinum leashes, and an air of money that’s going to French cuisine one day and the overpriced Mexican joint the next. Mint used to be “funny” and “quirky” but now it’s got a class of its own, and it’s way beyond trying to pull a fast trick. Of course, the little kitschy bits are what make Mint one of its own, and so I hope they will be able to evolve that into today’s world.
This time shoes were the main motif, like in the very intricate lace, and the embossed jacquard for “shoe lovers”. The models wore organdy face masks and hoods, like a gang of neo-renaissance thugs stomping to violins and mandolins blaring from the speakers.
See the collection through the eyes of photographer Mami Tanabe and stomp away.
I know exactly how long it takes me to get up in the morning. I can time it down to the odd minute… And I need every minute of sleep I can get, so I will stay in bed like a plank until that alarm rings. If one thing goes wrong then I`m SOL. And whaddya know, we wake up to a major pollen attack on the city. I don’t even really have allergies, but my eyes were watering so horribly I couldn’t keep my eyeliner from running down my face (NOT a Tokyo trend no matter who tells you differently). Thanks to the Benz, I could privately finish up instead of having to show the whole Yamanote-line car how I draw my cat-eye. It was another rush morning, but Tokyo doesn’t wait for late people, so I had a pair of sunglasses at the ready just in case. Let’s look at the shows!