by Abbie Stokes
During Tokyo Fashion Week this year, audiences saw five artists showcase new styles and concepts through pre-filmed video showcases, with unique elements and displays being brought to the table from all designers.
Starting off with the most eccentric and awe-inspiring of the group, emerging artist Ryunosuke Okazaki came to the runway with 23 looks, inspired by nature and history, the Jōmon period of Japan which dated from 4000-300 BCE. With geometric construction and vivid colors, the silhouettes that he creates are unique, with a futuristic, insect-like appearance, fragile, but strong with symmetry throughout each piece. Okazaki’s work is truly an art form, perhaps belonging in a modern art museum as well as on the runway.
With new trends being to show off more skin and a more minimalistic take on clothing, HARE does the opposite: layering, texture, and color is splashed throughout this collection, with crochet, PVC, beads and more, bringing new life to the fashion scene. With this spring collection, even the most seemingly out-of-place accessory truly does have a reason for existing; every hoodie string is woven into art, and every layered garment adds dimension to the overall look.
Hyke brings a sense of coolness to Tokyo Fashion Week, with muted beiges, navy blues, and blacks (with the exception of one bright teal colorway) bringing a sense of calm between the extremely colorful storms of HARE and Ryunosukeokazaki. With military inspired looks and the inclusion of new takes on vintage 90s outerwear, this collection is certainly one chock-full of daily wear garments. Designers Hideaki Yoshihara and Yukiko Ode are lovers of vintage styles, hence the military look; however, very sharp shoulders are contrasted with near Elizabethan puff sleeves, bringing contrast into this collection.
CINOH ‘s collection is the answer to the office worker’s dilemma of going back to the office after the pandemic, with light and airy clothing similar enough to the comfortable clothes we’re used to wearing while working or learning from home, but structured enough to be accepted at the office. Designer Takayuki Chino brings in fringe, tie-dye patterns, lace inserts, and shirts large enough to nearly be considered tunics to bridge the gap between the comfort of home clothes and sensible style office and business wear.
Lastly, Rainmaker comes to the scene dressed in the color of their namesake: all different shades of blue. Designers Kohichi Watanabe and Ryutaro Kishi brought to the runway clothes full of clean lines, sensible outerwear, and styling that came off as smart, clean, and down to earth. With clean and simple navy suits, ankle length trench coats of the same shade, and v-neck sweaters ranging from beige to powder blue to sage green to navy, this exclusively Kyoto-based brand gave Tokyo Fashion week and its audience a clean and soothing collection sure to impress smart dressers worldwide.