The Nozomi Ishiguro Haute Couture show was held on Friday night after GVGV at the National Stadium and was off-schedule…the location is notorious for being difficult to get to by train and freezing because it’s outside. Since it was a super late 10pm show I would have thought that most people would be over it and skip out on Nozomi’s show but I saw that a lot of journalists and fashionistas made their way there anyway which was nice to see. This is Nozomi’s haute couture label, which means everything is made at his atelier in Daikanyama and the samples from the runway go straight to the store (find them at WALL in laforet or Destination Tokyo in Lumine EST at Shinjuku station!). Since he started his diffusion Tambourine line, I think it means he can go all-out for his haute line.
PHOTOS by Mami Tanabe for TfD
The clothes were each made in the image of an oversized patched up and repurposed stuffed animals, like the ones from our childhoods that we drag around until beat up beyond recognition, patching their eyes and holes with upholstery fabrics and yarn. Skirts had protruding stuffed animal heads and large googly eyes and arms were restrained like in straight jackets. The focus was on the skirts here, although there were a few jackets and tops, like one with animal head shoulders. There was also one print, on a long white satin skirt that had a child’s doodles all over it. Nozomi wasn’t talking to press this season, which I think is fine since it’s good to have everyone interpret the collection on their own rather than be fed a press release from the designer. After all, last season he turned to the press and said “What do you actually DO??” and I was mildly fearful. See the more comforting (well, depending on how you look at it) collection below: