Summoned to a palatial Soho loft, guests admired previews from eight fabulous Japanese designers between sips of wine and nibbles of hors d’oevres. Aptform fuses Greek and Japanese aesthetics for a unique menswear collection, rich with layers of gray and black knit, intended wrinkled fabric and a male version of the ever-popular harem pants. Launched in 2008, CHALOU lab previewed its most recent womenswear collection flush with texture in neutral tones. Showing in Paris, Tokyo and Milan, the design collaborative, Mikio Sakabe, dressed its female models in pointed businessmen shoes, graphic prints on solid shades of purple, black and blue, donning tall, black and revamped updates on Prada’s S/S ’07 turban.
Naoshi Swayanagi‘s collection is rooted in traditional Japanese design techniques, capturing a goddess-like quality in its amalgamation of solid tans and whites accented with silver scales, bare skin and a nude makeup palette. SHIDA TATSUYA limited his preview to varying fur bolero-wraps, while The Dress Co. displayed romantic pirate-inspired looks. Tinydinosaur integrated a cohesive and tailored aesthetic into one collection conducive to both men and women in achromatic colors. Finally, Yu’s looks upstaged last falls men’s for women’s fashion, displaying sharp angles and fitted business suits on his models with mod-cropped hairstyles.
– Maria Eilesen