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Issey Miyake Fall-Winter 2008-2009

You need to check out Issey Miyake’s fall fashion for 2008-9, they are stunning and quite sensational. Not all of his designs are made for daily wear, flamboyant as they are but then again you never know when you’re on the streets of Japan.

Check out the link to his fashion mag: Issey Miyake 2008/2009


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African fashion in Japan

Japan is no stranger to international fashion. Here is a fashion show demonstrating African fashion using bead work and intricate weaving.

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Newsflash: Japan Fashion Week 2008

Official venue and date has been set for the 6th Japan Fashion Week for 2008: -
Date:Mon, March 10 – Sun, March 16, 2008
Venue:Tokyo Midtown, LAFORET MUSEUM ROPPONGI and several other unconfirmed venues

For those of you who are into fashion, you will need to check this event out as it showcase the latest and upcoming designers and fashion. If you are a fashion designer and would like to showcase your work, be sure to attend the briefing session for Japan Fashion Week 2008 this coming 26th of October 2007 – for more information about the briefing go to JFW’s page.

Matohu’s Spring Collection for 2008 is already out:


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Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake

You guys will know Issey Miyake through his thoroughly recognized international brand from perfumes to high fashion, yes? His clothing design are known for his technology-driven designs and glamorous exhibitions. Mr. Miyake is a scientist at heart despite a very talented designer. But his perfumes are more known than his fashion designs.
Mr. Miyake was born in Hiroshima, Japan, and studied graphic design at the Tama Art University in Tokyo, graduating in 1964. After graduation, he worked in Paris and New York City. Returning to Tokyo in 1970, he founded the Miyake Design Studio.

In the late 80s, he began to experiment with new methods of pleating that would allow both flexibility of movement for the wearer as well as ease of care and production. This eventually resulted in a new technique called garment pleating and in 1993’s “Pleats Please” in which the garments are cut and sewn first, then sandwiched between layers of paper and fed into a heat press, where they are pleated. The fabric’s ‘memory’ holds the pleats and when the garments are liberated from their paper cocoon, they are ready-to wear.

In 1994 and 1999, Miyake turned over the design of the men’s and women’s collections respectively, to his associate, Naoki Takizawa, so that he could return to research.

Like many fashion designers, Issey Miyake also has a line of perfumes. His first fragrance, the light aquatic-floral L’eau d’Issey for women, was launched in 1992. The name L’eau d’Issey (engl.: Issey’s water) is a pun. In French, it sounds identical to “l’odyssée” (engl. odyssey). The scent was followed by L’eau d’Issey Pour Homme (for men) in 1994. L’eau Bleue d’Issey Pour Homme was introduced in 2004; however, it was recently discontinued due to low sales. A new Issey Miyake men’s fragrance, L’eau d’Issey Pour Homme Intense, was introduced at Nordstrom in the United States in June 2007, with a larger worldwide rollout following in September 2007. Issey Miyake fragrances are produced under a long-term agreement by the Beauté Prestige International division of Shiseido, who also produces fragrances for Narciso Rodriguez and Jean-Paul Gaultier.

Source: WIkipedia

Visit Issey Miyake’s Official Website.

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Kenzo Takada

Kenzo Takada

I am sure you have heard of the brand Kenzo; a brand no stranger to many Asian regions and some US states. A brand where luxury perfumes and cosmetics dwell. Well, Kenzo is also a well known brand for clothes. Its designer Kenzo Takada is the man behind the masterpieces that has graced many runways from Tokyo, Paris and Milan. He has retired in 1999 but has made dotted appearances in entrepreneurial designs made for home and living.

Kenzo Takada’s (高田賢三 Takada Kenzō, born 27 February 1939 in Himeji, Japan) love for fashion developed at an early age, particularly through reading his sisters’ magazines. He shortly attended the University of Kobe, where he felt bored and eventually withdrew, against the will of his family . In 1958, he joined a fashion school, Tokyo’s Bunka Fashion College, which had then just opened its doors to male students.

After earning his diploma, he settled in Paris in 1964, not without adaptation problems. He was trying to gain a place in the fashion environment; attending shows, making contacts with the media and selling sketches.

Kenzo’s first designs started because he could only afford to buy his fabrics from flea sales. Most of these fabrics were scraps, the remains of grandmothers sewing baskets. as a result Kenzo had to mix many bold fabrics together to make one garment.

Kenzo’s success started in 1970: during this year he presented his first show at the Vivienne Gallery; his first store, “Jungle Jap” was opened; and one of his models appeared in the cover of ELLE. His collection was presented in New York and Tokyo in 1971. The next year, he won the Fashion Editor Club of Japan’s prize. Kenzo proved his sense of dramatic appearance when, in 1978 and 1979, he held his shows in a circus tent, finishing with horsewomen performers wearing transparent uniforms and he himself riding an elephant.

His first men’s collection was launched in 1983. In 1988, his women’s perfume line began with Kenzo de Kenzo, Parfum d’été, Le monde est beau and L’eau de Kenzo. Kenzo pour Homme was his first men’s perfume (1991).

Since 1993 the brand Kenzo is owned by the French luxury goods company LVMH.

Kenzo Takada announced his retirement in 1999, leaving his assistants in charge of his fashion house. In 2005, he reappeared as a decoration designer presenting “Gokan Kobo” (”workshop of the five senses”), a brand of tableware, home objects and furniture.

Check out Mr. Kenzo’s brand’s website: Kenzo

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Maki Nishiyama’s New Bridal Collection

Maki Nishiyama

For those of you who are planning to get married in a Mid Summer Night’s Dream style, Maki Nishiyama, and CamCan model, has unveiled her bridal dresses for her Bon Visage Collection. She modelled her own red wedding gown during the launch of the event, March this year and looked stunningly beautiful according to people who were present there.

The picture above is her in one of her wedding dress designs. Her motives are very fairy tale like, who doesn’t want a fairy tale wedding really :)

Check out Bon Visage website for more of her wedding dresses and design.

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Rei Kawakubo

kawakubo.jpgFashion Designer Rei Kawakubo, founder of Comme des Garcons, was born in Tokyo in 1942.

She is untrained as a fashion designer, but studied fine arts and literature at Tokyo’s prestigious Keio University. After graduation, Kawakubo worked in a textile company and began working as a freelance stylist in 1967.

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In 1973, she established her own company, Comme des Garcons Co. Ltd in Tokyo and opened up her first boutique in Tokyo in 1975. Starting out with women’s clothes, Kawakubo added a men’s line in 1978. Three years later, she started presenting her fashion lines in Paris each season, opening up a boutique in Paris in 1982.

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Comme des Garcons specializes in anti-fashion, austere, sometimes deconstructed garments. During the 1980s, her garments were primarily in black, dark gray or white. The materials were often draped around the body and features frayed, unfinished edges along with holes and a general asymmetrical shape. Challenging the established notions of beauty she created an uproar at her debut Paris fashion show where journalists labled her clothes ‘Hiroshima chic’ amongst other things. Since the late 1980s her colour palette has grown somewhat.

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Rei likes to have input in all the various aspects of her business. Rather than just focussing on clothes and accessories. She is greatly involved in graphic design, advertising and shop interiors believing that all these things are a part of one vision and are inextricably linked. Her Aoyama, Tokyo store is known for it’s sloping glass facade decorated with little blue dots. This was designed in collaboration between Rei and a Japanese architect. Rei published her own bi-annual magazine, ‘Six’ (standing for ’sixth sense’), in the early 1990s. It featured very little text and consisted mainly for photographs and images that she deemed inspiring. In 1996 Rei was guest editor of Visionaire magazine.

Rei is known to be quite reclusive and media shy, preferring her innovative creations to speak for themselves. Being a student of Philosophy in the University of Tokyo, you can see her application of philosophy in her designs.

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Fashion Designers: Eri Utsugi

Eri Utsugi with her Snoopy designs

When I found this Japanese fashion designer, Eri Utsugi in the Japan Fashion Week website, I thought she’s adorable which is what lead me to check up on her. It appears that Metropolis have done an interview with her and their description of her as a boyish looking woman is not really what i had in mind for her. Anyway, I think her designs are pretty cool. She admits that she takes her inspiration from construction workers because she thinks what they wear’s cool. Now, construction workers don’t exactly have the best fashion sense but Eri plumps it up with her design and it actually looks pretty comfortable and good. Comfortable enough to wear.

But of course, like all designers, not every outfit is made for everyday wear and some are just flamboyant beyond the everyday life, which normal in every fashion show. Eri Utsugi’s design mixes fantasy and reality, which is evident in the type of fabric and cuts she uses.

Her intriguing use of fabrics, in which she uses chic textiles and fabrics in dark brown jackets and matted green thick one-piece outfits with orange hoods, for example, evoke characters from a fairy tale.

Eri now designs under mercibeaucoup, a Japanese brand with a french name, she used to design under another french named label Frapbois.

Take a look at some of her designs from the past and present:

Eri Utsugi 1

Eri Utsugi 2

Eri Utsugi 3

Eri Utsugi 4

Eri Utsugi 5

Eri Utsugi 6

Eri Utsugi 7

Source: Metropolis

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Mori Hanae


Mori Hanae

I am going to pay tribute to Mori Hanae, the only Japanese female fashion designer to have achieved international recognition for her work. Her designs are always very feminine and gentle like a stroke of a caligraphy brush. Motives like kanji are no stranger to the designs of Mori.

She is considered a pioneer in the Japanese fashion industry as Japanese women were traditionally confined to the roles of wife, housewife and mother. She broke these contraints and build herself a fashion empire in New York.

Mori Hanae was born in Shimane Perfecture and was a student at the Tokyo Women’s Christian University until she was forced to help the war effort by working in a factory. After the war, she married into a family in the textile industry and attended design school. This is where she found her talents, love and flair in fashion design. It all started with a small clothing company aimed at private customers and theatrical companies. By a chance meeting, Mori met Coco Chanel in Paris in 1960 and the rest was history. Haute Couture, here she comes.

The Mori Hanae design has studios and boutiques in New York, Tokyo and Paris.

Here are some of her designs:


Mori 1


Mori 2


Mori 3


Mori 4


Mori 5

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Since grey is in…

This little black grey dress is really cute and pretty. The designer of this dress is none other than Yohji Yamamoto, a name that is NO stranger to the fashionista’s world. Now the thing is, I don’t know if I can wear it everyday. I don’t live a life like those girls in Sex and The City where it’s all flamboyant and all that.

Now take a look at this dress and tell me if it’s not beautiful…it’s gorgeous!


Doesn’t it look like it’s swaying around even it’s evidently in a room with no window’s open? Yes, that’s Yohji-san for you. His designs have always been very artistically intune with nature and abstract. If you haven’t seen his designs, you’ll get extravagance, elegance and feminine all rolled into one. He loves the perspective of women being really feminine it seems. I don’t mind it, I think women should be feminine since we are females but should not be wimpy at the same time. :P

Source: Yohji Yamamoto; The Runway Scoop

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