It was my dream to visit Tokyo Fashion Week as out of all the fashion weeks in the world; those held in Paris, Milan, London, New York and Tokyo are regarded as the most influential ones when deciding trends, due to their history and the amount of buzz surrounding them. Amazon Tokyo Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2017 closed on last Saturday and I thought I would share my experience with you guys as soon as possible. During the week, 52 labels presented their new collections at various venues, Shibuya Hikarie, Omotesando and various other locations.
Overall I had an amazing time, meeting some new and old bloggers, viewing the runways as well as getting ideas about the trends that are going to be big in the coming season. I could not attend all the shows I was invited to, owing to my work schedule; however I was lucky enough to view quite a few of them during Tokyo Fashion Week. Here is a round up of the shows I attended and the trends I observed!

Amazon Tokyo Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2017

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HARE
Hare runway show was my first event this fashion week. It was not held in the usual venue i.e Shibuya Hikarie, but in Konan Warehouse in Shinagawa. I think it was the perfect backdrop for their modern and cool clothes. I got to speak with the designer himself and he spoke about his inspiration from Japanese traditional clothing. We are talking about obi belts, kimono like flowy coats along with oversized bomber jackets. Fur and smooth shiny fabric in black and white check patterns was heavily used. The main colors in this collection were greys and purples.

ACUOD by CHANU
ACUOD, by designer Chanwoo Lee has the main design theme ‘Breal down walls, Zip up differences’. ACUOD’s design philosophy is on assimilation of men’s and ladies’ wear ranging from sporty to semi-formal, casual street style. The ACOUD runway was one of my favorites. It started with the human beat boxer Kairi and dancer Gendai opening the show, followed by the runway and an even amazing ending with a model standing in the middle of the runway throwing joker cards! The theme of his collection was mainly black & white street style outfits. He had accessorized his models with joker-like masks, chains and zippers – the perfect recipe for a modern and edgy look.


Indonesian Designers – Rani Hatta and Bateeq
Rani Hatta is an Indonesian fashion designer, known for her sporty minimalist signature cuts. Comfort, cutting, and high quality are factors that take precedence in any of her design and product. Her creation again incorporated lots of blacks, whites and grays. They had used tie up detailing which is really in fashions these days. Sporty luxe all the way!
Bateeq, launched in 2013 gives priority to ensuring the perfection of motifs, sewing, fitting and display shops. While continuing to innovate with batik fabrics, special attention is paid to various aspects such as color schemes, unique motifs inspired by Indonesia’s rich cultural heritage, and current fashion trends. Bateeq collection was mainly prints and patterns in reds and blues, really wearable casual and formal clothes.

HOUSE OF VIVIANO SUE X Iimisa
Viviano Sue is an Avant-Garde fashion designer based in Tokyo. HOUSE OF VIVIANO SUE is all about bringing fashion to the next level with edgy, unique clothing and fashion accessories for the trendy, fashion-forward minded customer. The designer Viviano, having lived in United states, China, and Japan, draws upon Eastern, and Western cultures as a source of inspiration and infusing various culture-specific elements in his choice of shapes, colors, and textiles used in his creation. The theme for this collection was “plumage,” symbolizing dark elegant fantasy world. The collection displayed had used fur, lace, flowers and knits inspired by nature. Let’s also talk about beautiful detailed feathered headpieces that were designed by IIMISA. Misa Li is the designer behind Iimisa. The brand started as mainly headdress and artist costumes, and has since then expanded to bridal lines, collection pieces and costumes.

1piu1uguale3 by Tomohiro Ozawa

1piu1uguale3 focused on Japanese craftsmanship specifically hand work Sagara embroidery this season. This collection was a mix of casual, formal, lounge wear, dressing gowns as well as leather jackets in many beautiful colors. There were velvet suits, shearling vests, satin bomber jackets embroidered with traditional Japanese designs and over-sized cable knits.  The label is mainly a men’s brand, but designer Tomohiro Ozawa showcased feminine version of men’s clothes as well as  skinny leather pants, wool capes and paisley print shift dresses. The warm textures were predominantly in shades of brown, red, green, gray and whites – all the necessary colors for fall!


PREFACE: Image Politics in Fashion and Arts
PREFACE: image politics in fashion and arts showcased collections of 6 brands and art pieces of 5 contemporary artists from Vienna. It was exhibited in A–GALLERY in Harajuku. The brands were GON, Natures of Conflict, Selina Rottmann, Sagan Vienna, SIGHTLINE and Jana Wieland. The project was based on the exploration of the significance of images for imaginary realities, and asks whether reality has not itself become an image! Talking about the clothes and bags, most of them again were casual street style wear in easy to wear fabrics and bright colors.

Overall, I had a great time during Amazon Tokyo fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2017. Infact I had so much fun that I have already started planning my outfits for the next fashion week!

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