Tokyo Fashion Week always has a few shows dedicated to incubating designers from the Asian region and helps to give highly talented designers to stage their creations to a somewhat international audience. For this matter I wish Fashion Week here was as prestigious and as much of a happening as the four weeks of Fashion Month right before it, but this has yet to happen, sadly.
Asian Fashion Meets Tokyo was one of these curated shows and it featured three designers from the Philippines: Renan Pacson with a collection of androgynous and monotone streetwear, Ken Samudio with an incredible accessories collection inspired by the oceanic lifeforms and lastly John Herrera with a dramatic women’s collection with shapes and neon colors against black neoprene canvases that could have come out of the deep sea.
Read on for my mini reviews on the three collections!
Black, white, a few metallics and cobalt blue shoe soles. I can totally picture this collection on the streets of Harajuku, which lately seems to shift towards a cool and somewhat rock-ish androgynous look. I personally loved the chunky short sleeved leather jacket! Perfectly balanced silhouette for a stylish but bouncy look!
This is exactly what I wished for when I read Ken Samudio was a marine biologist turned accessories designer! The beading the the pieces is incredible and the sound they make when in motion reminds on of the sound of the ocean. Loved all the pieces – if you have known me for longer, you probably know my weakness for bearing and embroidery bling!
A wonderfully dramatic collection of women’s wear, themed somewhere between deep sea and the unknown alien life. Te shapes he presented all played with a sense of airiness, connection barely there sheer fabrics with hard and sturdy neoprene structures. My personal highlight was the cape decorated in pleated lines – John Herrera definitely knows how to have a dramatic moment!
If you want to have a peek behind the scenes, Style Wylde posted a backstage story on this show! Click here0