Mikio Sakabe used all male models for his show and they looked amazing; cool, chiseled, tall, and sleek with wet makeup and gelled-back hair. They were like bulls charging down the runway to Prodigy’s “fire starter ” with masculine determination. Except that these boys were of a different breed…they were in lavender negligees and sailor collar skirt suits. Also, cheerleader style uniform dresses, lace bib shirts from the Quaker era, and a sweater with a giant print of a kitty in Warhol-like acid pop colors. There were more “men’s” clothes as well, with some zip-jackets covered in embroidered crucifixes, a rather normal trench coat (normal from what we could see on the outside anyway) and boxer briefs… But ok, these were splashed with kitty patterns or sprouted flower appliqués as well.
How funny that this was shocking when Sakabe did this a few seasons ago, and now it’s become so not…shocking. In fact, a lot of the audience members in standing were customers and fans rocking the past Sakabe collections.
The show closed out with the song “forever young” and it became even more clear the philosophy on prominent display here.
I havent confirmed, but im 99% sure This shirt that says “broadway” is not referring to NYC but rather to Nakano Broadway where true-blue Otaku like Sakabe converge in artistic enclaves (I bet you thought it was Akiba didn’t you—so much to learn, young grasshopper!)