Tokyo Fash­ion Week of­fers any­thing but the usual

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THE Marc Ja­cobs of Ja­pan, sing­ing cats and mod­els cloaked into ar­mour: J-pop and science fic­tion trans­formed Tokyo Fash­ion Week spring/sum­mer 2017 into a style fest un­like any other.

In a world where fash­ion mines en­ter­tain­ment like never be­fore, Ja­pan’s es­tab­lished and break-through la­bels pounced on mu­si­cal hook-ups, street cul­ture and an­i­ma­tion to drive in­ter­est.

Here are the most out­landish shows that closed the week.

Marc Ja­cobs of Ja­pan Mikio Sak­abe got the big­gest ap­plause of the week for his show in Miyashita Park, a last hur­rah be­fore it closes for ren­o­va­tions ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.

His seven-inch plat­form shoes were the star – laced up to the an­kle with thick rib­bon – sim­i­lar to those al­ready seen on the New York run­way at Ja­cobs this year, though Sak­abe told AFP he had been work­ing on them be­fore the mas­ter of Amer­i­can high fash­ion set his loose.

As with Ja­cobs, the look crafted an im­pos­si­bly long sil­hou­ette that ei­ther drowned the mod­els in over­sized suit­ing or flashed legs for miles in the tini­est of skirts or belted shorts that hung be­low the back­side, the wear­ers’ blushes saved by striped shirts.

In a nod to Ja­pan’s Lolita cul­ture, Hara­juku street fash­ion and kawaii – mean­ing cute, love­able and child­ish – there were girly dresses em­bel­lished with feath­ers, a black plas­tic and metal­lic pleated skirt, and a beige cu­lotte suit cov­ered in bunny rab­bits thrown in for good measure.

The la­bel, known for avant-garde fash­ion, is beloved by Ja­panese pop stars and cel­e­brat­ing its 10th birth­day.

Sak­abe told AFP he wanted to mix 70s, 80s and 90s in­flu­ences and was mo­ti­vated to find a new sil­hou­ette given that Ja­panese de­sign­ers nor­mally fo­cus on tex­ture. “I wanted to make some­thing new,” he ex­plained.

Sing­ing Cats Less An­drew Lloyd Web­ber smash-hit Cats and more some­thing else en­tirely, up-and-com­ing de­signer Yuk­i­hiro Teshima could win cheesi­est show of the year for brand Yuk­i­hero ProWrestling.

Held in a night­club, the usual 10-minute show was ditched in favour of a 40-minute mu­sic bo­nanza star­ring all-girl band Yumemiru Ado­les­cence, Western mod­els dressed Andy Warhol­style and Ja­panese ac­tors.

It was a riot of colour, hu­mour and kitsch – with a hefty side or­der of cheese as the singers bopped around in cat ears, play­suits cov­ered in mul­ti­coloured wool and Camp­bell Soup ruf­fles.

His mod­els strode out in 1950s yel­low, pink and or­ange-rinse wigs, and over­painted match­ing lip­stick pouts a la Warhol’s fa­mous por­traits of Marilyn Mon­roe and El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor.

They wore a mon­key mo­tif called Monch­hichi, pop­u­lar in the 1970s, re­vived with Hello Kitty in the 1990s and sub­se­quently ex­ported to Bri­tain as “Chi­ca­boo”.

There were also peeled ba­nana cutouts pinned to jeans. So what was the mes­sage from the man who de­signs for film, pop groups and wrestlers?

“I want to tell peo­ple that hav­ing fun is im­por­tant,” Teshima said.

Sil­ver plaits De­signer Kei­ichiro Yuri, a for­mer 3D graphic de­signer best known for cre­at­ing bags whose la­bel Kei­ichi­rosense made its fash­ion week de­but only last sea­son, was per­haps the odd­est of all.

The show started with the sound of the swelling sea and closed with Prince track “Gold” as the de­signer strut­ted around in fu­tur­is­tic plat­forms and tucked two dolls into his waist­band.

There were enor­mous wide­brimmed Lit­tle Bo Peep hats, plas­tic science-fic­tion style ar­mour and shell-like sheaths worn over metal­lic skirts straight from a space-age or alien movie.

There were in­cred­i­ble free-stand­ing blouses and capes, shaped like discs and zipped up like cush­ion cov­ers that en­cased the up­per body.

Sil­ver lace-up arm warm­ers and Ra­pun­zel-style plaited hair, com­plete with sil­ver ex­ten­sions, fin­ished off the look.

“This is my way of ex­press­ing Cool Ja­pan,” the de­signer told AFP. “The youth cre­ate our fu­ture. I think the Hara­juku look is ab­so­lutely right. I want to tell them it is you guys who make the next age.” –

Pho­tos: AFP

Ja­panese pop group Yumemiru Ado­les­cence per­form dur­ing the 2017 spring/sum­mer col­lec­tion of the Yuk­i­hero ProWrestling brand by Ja­panese de­signer Yuk­i­hiro Teshima at Tokyo Fash­ion Week.

Ja­panese de­signer Kei­ichiro Yuri show­cased sci-fi ar­mour in the “Kei­ichi­rosense” col­lec­tion.

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