Although not yet known as a major fashion capital, Tokyo has produced amazing and innovative designs for as long as we can remember. Let’s be honest, our far eastern counterparts possess undeniable style. Tokyo Fashion Week is now in full swing and we’ve got our eye on the following designers who are sure to impress this season. Also, be sure to check out the live streaming for selected shows at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Tokyo online.
There has been major buzz surrounding Nakazato and his highly conceptual, avant garde designs. Hailing from Japan, he studied fashion at the Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Belgium and has returned home to shake up Tokyo’s fashion scene. Nakazato’s claim to international fame is partly credited to attention from fashion icons like Lady Gaga, who’s outrageous style and celebrity platform make her the perfect showcase for his creative aesthetic. Yuima Nakazato’s Fall 2012 collection takes a very futuristic approach to menswear, disregarding traditional silhouettes and incorporating innovative details. Geometric designs created with contrasting fabric paneling along with the iridescent electric blue accents gave the collection a space age vibe. Streamlined, slim looks were juxtaposed with draping details and floor length skirts. But what ultimately took the collection to its science fictional world were the skeletal accessories and horn-like creations—powerful finishing touches to the commanding Nakazato man.
A relatively young brand, Yasutoshi Ezumi launched his eponymous line in the Fall 2012 season after years of experience abroad with a few of fashion’s most celebrated designers. Ezumi’s resume boasts working as an assistant for Alexander McQueen and as a knitwear designer at Aquascutum. According to the designer, “the concept of brand is to have a full understanding of the chosen notion of ideas and logic, and to combine elements from these ideas in order to reconstruct and create something completely new with my own style.” The Fall 2012 collection is titled “Natural Selection” which describes the very feminine and organic characteristics of this season’s womenswear. The color palette is comprised of neutral hues of ivory, grey, black, and navy. The collection was heavy with cozy knits, draped as relaxed dresses and cowl necked capes. Ezumi’s cool layered looks were incorporated with a few floral prints and interesting design details including asymmetrically cut hemlines, printed tights, and crocheted belts. The occasional tailored pieces like the two-toned shift dress were striking in contrast to alternative relaxed fits. Yasutoshi Ezumi possesses a modern and effortless vibe, like women who have style without even trying. We’ll be keeping our sights on this up and coming designer as he perfects his casual chic aesthetic.
Playful and quirky defines the aesthetic of designers Nao Yagi and Hokuto Katsui and their Mint Designs creations. Hardly novices to the industry, the designers have been showing at Tokyo Fashion Week since 2003 and have been making their mark on Japanese fashion ever since. Both graduates of Saint Martins College of Art and Design, the duo’s signature style always incorporates prints, lace, and the element of fun. Infused with lighthearted sensibility, Mint Designs’ past presentations never fail to interest and excite their audience. Last season’s runway show began with a countdown to the presentation executed by duos of brightly clad models carrying oversized numbers. The collections are usually styled with creative headpieces like spring’s intricate gilded crowns or last fall’s illuminated LED toppers. Based on the brand’s recent show in India where they showed funky fishnet socks with neon yellow polka dots, zigzag stripes and checkered patterns, we except to see more fun fashion from Mint Designs later this week in Tokyo. What will they put on models’ heads next?!