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a combined runway show of men’s & womenswear, the SS12 collection presented by facestasm was another that showcased the forward approach of fashion that beams from japan. overall, this was a stunning collection or modern style with beautifully conceptualized aspects of beauty, through hair to make-up being seen. a whirlwind of floral prints, stripes & an array of silhouettes were presented as models walked the runway in bold toned footwear, chainsaws, sunglasses & larger than life hair. from the menswear pieces to the womenswear- there was a very clear vision that was flipped from masculine to feminine perfectly. one of my favorite collections of the spring season; it was unconventional, but still commercial enough to appeal to a global market. i loved the seemingly remixed business attire from the collection which seen blazers become vests & also loved the use of leather. most charming was the use of floral print & the chainsaws were completely unexpeceted. strong overall vision for this collection.

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chaotic layering in the lane of vivienne westwood; the shida tatsuya SS12 collection was a collection that immediately stuck out to me when looking to review collections from japan that stretch beyond the parameters of what we, as americans, define as style. in palette, the collection started with subtle white & eventually became raided by pink, black, navy & orange. stripes added a nautical feel to the collection as the sequencing of the looks added a theatrical feel to this spring story. from the first look to the last, it seems as though the silhouettes become gradually more & more complex. much like a pile of laundry, the garments go from simplistic in white to sheer with gradual layers & at the close of the collection it seems as though the models are wearing quilts. it’s these stories that i look for when reviewing collections; i love the sense of style deconstruction that i see with this collection. from the halved khaki coats to the blouses that appeared to be dress slips- though chaotic, a story was told. artistically, i value the collection & in design i admire the unabashed approach. well executed & beautifully translated.

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deviating from spring’s bold toned trend, the SS12 collection presented by anrelage was an interesting one conceptually. models walked the runway with what appeared to be double faces. opening with a white washed palette, the collection seemed to sear through a palette of more depth that ended in a rift of print. for the most part, the collection played the field with a well developed balance of slightly experimental & commercially acceptable. the aspects of design experimentation that are weaved into the collection are seen in small flecks, while overall the direction is translated as clean & modern.

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spring collections, tokyo: araisara

modernized & sleek, the SS12 araisara collection presented for japan fashion week was one of refined design. easily, i could see this collection fitting into the american market & even internationally in european regions like milan & paris. a strict palette with slight cameos of bold color were seen as the collection provided a commercialized sense of style for japanese consumers. i loved that the runway show was dark & seemingly drenched in laquer- it elevated the level of modernization that was reflected upon through design with the clothes. architecturally strong lines ruled the collection & progressive construction headlined. i loved the footwear in the collection & the way that color was lightly used. use of sheer textiles was noticeable & though nothing spectacular at first glance; this collection lives through details. strong collection, beautiful vision & progressive design.

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spring collections, tokyo: johan ku

separated from the expected palette notes of the spring, the SS12 collection presented in the harajuku quest hall in tokyo is one of interesting concepts & imaginative knits. the johan ku collection presented relaxed silhouettes & what seemed to appear as undone knitwear. slim fit pants were presented alongside dual-silhouetted garments as a true challenge of design was confronted. incredibly forward thinking in creating an opposition with skirts/pants- definitely concepts that exist on the outer limits in this collection. while more controlled in some areas, there was a daring design approach in this collection, which i admire. strong vision & cohesive vision throughout; it’s almost as if they intended to push your thoughts on style but to do so ever so slightly. great collection of truly innovative design. love the knitwear, completely.

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spring collections, tokyo: ato menswear

menswear, for me should be effortless. i feel as though men have much more of a pre-established style structure that rarely changes each season. when talking change, im not talking shorts vs. pants or t-shirts vs. coats- im talking true change. generally, womenswear has a stronger reputation to push the envelope or challenge our use of print, cut & shape. the ato SS12 menswear collection plays up the militant structure of uniforms beautifully. in some cases, i look to menswear with a sense of disinterest considering that it’s the same lines, same shapes & predictable palettes. that was not the case with this collection. strict & clean, the collection did host a few womenswear looks but a range of standard designs seemed to be presented with a strong sense of design while a faultless palette. the attention to tailoring & the mindful relaxation of fit in other areas was incredibly well balanced. overall, i loved this collection for it’s strength in simplicity; unbreakable lines & classic yet modern style. obsessed with this collection, in every way, shape & form. completely. amazing execution & clear vision.

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spring collections, tokyo: gvgv

an interesting palette drew me into this collection as their seemed to be a set of neon pastels, if there ever were such a thing. classic 50’s references were seen throughout as models walked the runway in cat eyed shades with high waisted, form fitting skirts. as i was initially sucked in through incredible use of color, as the collection progressed i found that the headlining element of this collection was the beautiful use of print. fresh, green botanical prints danced their way through design all over the runway leading the collection to a close as elements of transparent textiles were seen in allowing a modern twist to be contrasted to the classical style referenced that inspired the collection. designed by mug, i love when designers are able to take something old & revamp it- which is a prime example of what happened here. fresh direction & ill execution- love.

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