Subculture street fashion, “green” wear from a designer who created a costume for Lady Gaga, and a futuristic collection of kimonos were main attraction points at Japan’s Fashion Week which runs until March 24 and already drew thousands of people eager to witness this year’s mix of traditional and avant-garde clothing.
About 15,000 people gathered for the Tokyo Runway Show to watch street styles, a show put together by Japanese creators seeking to switch to ready-to-wear brands and “real clothes consumers”.
Kimono designer Jotaro Saito presented his “Futurism” collection, with models wearing traditional sandals and being trussed up in “obi” sashes with fabric featuring horizontal-lining, checks and polka-dot.
“Japan has very traditional things, but the world also looks to us for subculture, like anime or computer games. A culture where the new and the classical coexist — well, I think that’s fascinating,” Saito said.
Masanori Morikawa, the creator of the costume worn by Lady Gaga at the MTV Aid Japan Award 2011, featured a “green” theme drawn from environmental topics currently discussed in Japan after last year’s natural disasters which triggered a nuclear crisis.
“I was moved by news such as Chernobyl and similar events, and I wanted to express through this collection the question of whether or not we have a place to return to,” he said.