Japan Fashion Week – wrap-up
After a whirl-wind week at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week TOKYO, I spent Sunday curled up on the sofa, trying to let the images and impressions of the week’s fashion frenzy settle into my mind and my soul. The cancellation of the fall 2011 shows in March, and the after effects of the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear disaster meant that there was still a little jishuku (the Japanese principle of voluntary self-restraint) in the air. Represented, by some, with melancholy music, and by others with somber, dull, make-up. Yet Japan Fashion Week is in a moment of great celebration: new sponsors like Mercedes Benz and Maybelline have given it the cash infusion it so desperately needed, plus the cache of other global fashion weeks. And, in true Japanese fashion, the week was flawless – shows started on time, venues were great, and the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week TOKYO team were superb.
Some of the things to watch for in Spring 2012 will be: subtle details like lace on the underside of a trench collar or color-blocked seams on the inside of a slit skirt; square safari pockets on the outside of shorts and jackets; and my favourite – leaving behind the lens-less geek glasses so on trend at the moment – the visor sunglasses.