Japan Fashion Week | Under the radar

TOKYO, Japan - Just before the fashion world turned its laser focus on New York, a lesser known semi-annual week of fashion shows in Tokyo failed to garner much attention. Not surprisingly then, a key activity during Japan Fashion Week is listening to other people grumble about Japan Fashion Week. Although Tokyo is one of the world's most important fashion cities, overflowing with amazing daily dressers, avant-garde masters, and street fashion innovation, the organized collection week has yet to muster up a global impact on par with Paris, Milan, or New York. And the problem is not just international reception: most of the cooler domestic Japanese brands aren't even on board. Long ago, there was a very loose event called…

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New York Fashion Week | Marc Bouwer’s online experiment

NEW YORK, United States - While the rest of New York Fashion Week was caught up in its regular Bryant Park frenzy today, designer Marc Bouwer was busy blazing his own fashion trail, exclusively showing his S/S 2009 collection on his website, thereby giving everyone a front row view. Of course, we have seen other designers, notably Stefano Pilati for YSL (first with menswear, and most recently women's resort) and Husein Chalayan, create videos to showcase their collections. And, Giorgio Armani made history when he streamed his Armani Prive couture collection for Spring 2007 online, gaining kudos for democratising the storied world of haute couture. Net-a-Porter also innovated by putting up Roland Mouret's RM19 collection in an online video and…

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New York Fashion Week: Marc Jacobs is backwards, upside down and inside out

Last night I witnessed the intricate ballet of savvy PR and event-planning that has helped build Marc Jacobs into one of the only truly successful, global luxury brands that has been launched in the past 20 years. It was evidence of the basic human psychological desire to be part of the cool crowd. You know those nightclubs that intentionally keep people waiting outside to give off the impression of being the hot spot of the moment? This was not all that different, except Marc Jacobs has been doing this for almost 20 years, and he has it down to a fine art. Plus, this is not just hype. He has a reputation for delivering collections that will inspire designers and…

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Jostling for Giles: Giles Deacon, Autumn/Winter 2007

London Fashion Week has come and gone. And, it's a bit like Groundhog Day because this season, yet again, everyone has been eagerly (and vocally) anticipating Giles Deacon's latest turn down the catwalk. You never know what to expect with Giles. Unlike many other designers, he isn't overly focused on his "signature", the technique/look that a designer develops over his or her career to the point of near perfection, for which he or she becomes famous. Sometimes, a signature can lead to being pigeon-holed, but for a man with the creative depth and flexibilty as Giles, this is out of the question. Maybe its because Giles seems to be able to execute so well on so many different styles. One…

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Ogling Osman, London Fashion Week

Osman Yousefzada's A/W Collection bowed this evening in Selfridge's 7th floor car park. For one thing, that must have made it easier for his sponsor, Saab, to get their sleek cars into the venue for the eyes of ogling fashionistas. A lot easier, say, than a 7th floor art gallery or church or museum. Somehow, the edgy venue and refined collection came together very well in a sort of  modern elegance, best exemplified by a hooded-dress that looked stunning from behind. There were also Lily Cole's legs in a short sea grey skirt with ruffly pleats. A stream a immacuately cut dresses and trousers followed, each with hints of embellishment (okay, sometimes they were more than hints) and draping. While…

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Kaning it, London Fashion Week

He Kaned it. Christopher Kane, who only hit the London Fashion Week radar one year ago after winning the best collection award from Harrod's during the St Martins MA graduate show in February, that is. His collection was a true tour de force, hitting all the right notes, and that included the music from his show going from soft Sunday afternoon in the park to a sexy club on a cheeky Thursday night. How could anyone make golf ball size swarvoski crystals work? Christopher Kane did. I watched the video here: Christopher Kane, Autumn/Winter 2007. Here are some photos I took at his graduate collection show last year.

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Scooping Suzy?

I would never be so presumptuous as to think that my writing could even compare to that of the always insightful quasi-legendary Suzy Menkes.  But, when I read this article in the IHT this morning, I did notice there were some links between some points in her article on London Fashion Week and my rant picking up on the WWD article about fashion fatigue in New York. You can read the article here:  http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/02/12/news/rlon13.php

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Swarovski Sparkles

This is this coolest new site to see the hottest fashion shows in London, Paris and New York, courtesy of the folks at Swarovski. This is a great find for me as I won't be able to go to many shows this season - maybe one a day in the morning or in the evening, after work. http://www.swarovskisparkles.tv Season after season, Swarovski sponsors some of the hottest young talent by giving them free product to use in their creations and sponsorship money to fund catwalk shows. This year, as per usual, London is disproporationately represented in the list of designers. Now you can watch their shows, courtesy of Swarovski, in their full glory - not edited down to digestible bites…

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The Business of Fashion Fatigue

New York. London. Milan. Paris. So the circus goes. For four weeks, twice a year, fashion journalists, buyers, photographers, models, bloggers , stylists and hangers-on do the circuit of fashion capitals. And every year it season it seems to get a bit crazier. There is so much noise that it is hard to sift through all the shows and separate the wheat from the chaff. With more than 200 shows during this year's NY fashion week (which actually runs nine days), running virtually all day from 9am to 9pm, everyone is getting a bit of fashion fatigue. Even WWD, the business bible of the industry led today's paper with a plea for sanity going forward instead of other important goings-on,…

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Luxury Lingerie and Loungewear

How cool does this look? What a creative event. Gentry de Paris is hosting a very special event at next weekend's Salon de la Lingerie. In conjunction with the cult Parisian cabaret MurderSuicidePresents, Monsieur Poudre, our mysterious Master of Ceremonies, will be your guide into the curious and surreal dream of sleeping Joséphine de Beauharnais. Featuring Lady Bird in a silver cage and Miss Morte under a flurry of ostrich feather fans, Joséphine’s strange dream comes alive once an hour through a pink champagne haze provided by to our gracious sponsor Champagne Duval-Leroy Elegant lines and opulent fabrics inspired by the Premier Empire feature heavily in the Winter 2007 collection. Our bra-panty-garter sets in luscious French silk satin jacquards come…

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DP in Getty Images

Check out this cool photo from Getty Images that my friend (and 360 Fashion member) Diane Pernet just posted on her "A Shaded View on Fashion" Blog at  http://dianepernet.typepad.com/diane/2007/01/dp_for_sale_on_.html. You can see the reflection of the model walking down the catwalk in Diane's glasses. Diane is an iconic figure in the fashion industry and has a network of co-bloggers around the world who help to keep the content on the "A Shaded View on Fashion" site fresh and up to date. On a given day, there are posts about fashion happenings from three different continents. Diane is also a bonafide entrepreneur, having been part of the team to launch iqons.com (tipped as the myspace for fashion industry) and the You…

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Inviting interest

I have started receiving invitations to fashion shows, showrooms  and exhibitions for upcoming fashion weeks in Paris, London and New York. I'll keep posting them up here as I receive them. Invitations are a bi-annual way of reinforcing designer's brand identity. It is amazing what some designers are able to do with a small piece of paper to make their creative vision for the season sing out from the page. In this digital era, invitations have taken a new dimension as people play around with digital elements to make the invitations come alive. Rajesh Pratap Singh, New Delhi and ParisI met Pratap and his sister-in-law Sapna at Delhi Fashion Week in April last year. His is one of the most…

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Magnificent Milan

The semi-annual harvesting of the fruits of menswear designers from all over the world has just ended In Milan, and I have to say, it was a bumper crop. I never planned use this blog as an editorial on fashion trends or styling, but the menswear looks that have come out of Milan this season are really strong, and give strong direction for mens fashion. For the first time in awhile, things look fresh, and that's got to be good for business. I have selected a few of my favourite looks - these are the styles that I seriously dig - and I am no conceptualist. I think these are wearable commercial looks as well. Best looks From sharp tailoring …

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