The home of trend setting fashion, Tokyo Fashion Week hit the runways yesterday. The exciting spring/summer 2009 collections are rolling out this week in Japan and judging by the photos taken yesterday, Japan’s best designers are sure not to disappoint.
Designers Hokuto Katsui and Nao Yagi from mintdesigns, embodied the spirit of spring with a runway lined with umbrellas while models wore creative interpretations of the spring staple; the raincoat. Instead of the traditional rain hat, the ladies were topped with a curious choice of animal bones. One thing that was consistently cute, were the fantastic rain boots. Not too high and well paired with a pair of striped socks.
Hokuto Katsui / Nao Yagi
Mikio Sakabe seems to have taking inspiration from the 60’s through the 80’s with the platinum wigs, large bows and futuristic silver hues.
MIKIO SAKABE / SHUEH JEN-FANG
I have to say that my favorite from Takumi Hatakeyama’s collection is the burnt orange bell sleeve dress. The shape of the sleeves and cut of this dress makes this creation so wearable and chic!
After not appearing in at Tokyo’s Fall Fashion Week, I was so exited to see mercibeaucoup in this spring’s lineup. I always love the creative spirit conveyed in Eri Utsugi’s designs her fantastic use of color. If only I could get away with wearing that adorable striped stocking confection or those fantastic tights with the little balls on them. Alas, this old broad would look a wee bit silly. One other thing to note, it appears that the maxi dress will still have it’s place in next spring’s wardrobe. So, don’t cast yours aside yet.
This collection by Motonari Ono recalls a strong influence from Queen Elizabeth’s reign with the high ruffs, rich embroidery, and the modern interpretation of “trunk hose” once worn by men. I think it’s just beautiful.
Designer Ritsuko Shirahama appears to be enamored with the bombasted hose as well, as seen below in green. The three tiered skirt is also quite lovely, but may not be that easy to walk in. I would also be remiss in not mentioning the eighties inspired high and side ponytail. If you are old enough to have worn this once, be well advised to keep your pony rear-facing.
Finally, fur fur’s collection seems to have a very strong nature and earth goddess point-of-view.
Stay tuned for more on Japan’s Fashion Week in Tokyo!
Photo Source: Japan Fashion Week Organization