Drenched in fash­ion

> It’s rain­ing ki­monos in Tokyo

The Sun (Malaysia) - - FASHION -

ceil­ing as mod­els with crimped hair stuck in ser­pent-like strands gin­gerly nav­i­gated the soak­ing run­way in ver­tig­i­nous stilet­tos.

Yoshiki played drenched to the skin in a pussy bow blouse.

The cli­matic look was a trans­par­ent plas­tic ki­mono that left lit­tle to the imag­i­na­tion – ex­pos­ing the model’s bare breasts and sav­ing her blushes only with a pat­terned mi­cro, un­der-gar­ment at the waist.

McQueen in­spired The rain, Yoshiki ex­plained to re­porters, was in­spired by Alexan­der McQueen, the late Bri­tish de­signer con­sid­ered one of the greats of his gen­er­a­tion, who soaked his own run­way in 1998.

A mu­si­cian who tran­scends both the rock and clas­si­cal worlds, and was raised by par­ents in the ki­mono busi­ness, Yoshiki said his pas­sion was to open the eyes of the world to the tra­di­tional Ja­panese gar­ment.

“After I moved to Los An­ge­les 20 years ago, I re­ally un­der­stood the im­por­tance of Ja­panese cul­ture,” he ex­plained.

“If I’d stayed in Ja­pan, I wouldn’t have re­alised there are so many Ja­panese restau­rants around the world. I think that is re­ally good, and I want ki­mono cul­ture to be same as Ja­panese food.”

The mu­sic that ac­com­pa­nied the show, he said, was pure im­pro­vi­sa­tion – so busy had he been with a mu­sic fes­ti­val un­til re­cently.

“When I played, I fo­cused on the ki­mono as hav­ing the main role,” he said, his blonde hair fall­ing in soft waves around his face, lips ac­cen­tu­ated in pink lip­stick.

It was the mu­si­cian’s sec­ond ki­mono air­ing at Ja­pan Fash­ion Week fol­low­ing his de­but last Oc­to­ber, also show­cas­ing body-hug­ging ki­monos, also slashed to miniskirt-length and worn with stilet­tos.

Ki­monos for men and chil­dren are his next dream, he said.

Spon­sored by on­line re­tailer Ama­zon this sea­son, Tokyo Fash­ion Week is in its 12th year. Be­tween Monday and Satur­day it will show­case around 50 up-and-com- ing de­sign­ers with es­tab­lished brands. It at­tracts 50,000 vis­i­tors to the Ja­panese cap­i­tal each sea­son. – AFP

Mod­els present cre­ations by de­signer Yoshiki, leader of Ja­pan’s band “X Ja­pan”, from his Spring/Sum­mer 2017 col­lec­tion for his brand YOS HIKIMONO dur­ing Tokyo Fash­ion Week in Tokyo, Ja­pan on Oct 17, 2016.

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