Tokyo Fashion Week Spring 2015: Part 3
Fashion week has officially come to a close, but check out the designers who wrapped up Tokyo’s biggest fashion festival with a bang. Edgy sportswear, unique silhouettes and trending patterns such as plaid, camo and stripes were just a few things these designers showcased at their spring 2015 runway shows.
Onitsuka Tiger x Andrea Pompilio
Italian born designer Andrea Pompilio has art and design rich in his genes. The son of an architect father and artist mother, Pompilio declared his admiration for fashion at the young age of eight. Working for luxury brands such as Calvin Klein, Prada and Yves Saint Laurent, Pompilio refined his own design concepts into a relaxed sophistication with a strong focus on high quality.
The Italian designer teamed up with Japan’s sportswear powerhouse Onitsuka Tiger, to create a collection of cool, edgy and well-structured sportswear.
Models rocked white tanks, cargo pants, shorts and skirts with wide stripes resembling gaffer tape. Unconventional sportswear such as peplum skirts, floor grazing, racer back dresses and button-up blouses were given athletic twists such as pockets, cutouts and jersey fabrics. White and blue denim were seen on both the men and women, jazzed up with the color-blocked Andrea Pompilio logo. Sportier pieces such as sweatshirts, bomber jackets, t-shirts and backpacks made a cameo, embossed with the collection logo and styled with camouflage pants or skirts with the electrical tape look. We did not see a lot of different footwear styles however, as sneakers with skin baring cut outs were used for the majority of the looks.
Designer of the popular brand Phenomenon, Takeshi Osumi, and the owner of famed Aoyama boutique The Contemporary Fix, Yuichi Yoshi, teamed up to create the menswear line, Mr. Gentleman. The brand debuted its first solo runway show last March during Tokyo fashion week, and returned this season to showcase its spring 2015 collection.
The concept of the collection was to modernize the “basic” garment and bring incongruities to details and use unique silhouettes. White t-shirts were given large colored pockets with wide sleeves and styled with colorful cropped trousers. Marrying sportswear and business suits, a sleeveless blazer was given a hood with drawstrings and styled over a white sweatshirt. Black and white gingham print shirts were paired with skinny-legged denim, styled under short sleeve leather jackets or peeking out the bottom of a classic champion sweatshirt. Other looks such as shorts with suspenders, trenches and varsity jackets were shown in bright red hues, shiny gold fabrics and fun resort prints.
Hiromichi Ochiai started his brand Facetasm in the spring of 2007. He had spent several years as a textile designer for major fashion brands such as Comme des Garcons, Zucca and Undercover. Ochiai is a multi-talented designer, having worked in fashion, furniture and interior design. His brand Facetasm has been heralded as one of the most important brands leading Tokyo fashion, due to its rapid growth and popularity.
The spring collection showed a series of conventional pieces with unusual silhouettes and tailoring. Bomber jackets and blazers were given feather finishes and uneven hemlines. Long tops for both men and women were seen in a number of plaid and gingham prints, as well as other trending patterns such as camo and wide stripes. Fringe and pleats were added to skirts and tops for edge, and distressed denim made an appearance in a number of looks. For an unexpected twist, socks with sandals were worn with multiple looks, taking nods from the grunge era.