This is why I love Japanese fashion. A bed of neverending creativity. I see a new, distinct Japanese trend coming up already, more unique, more artistic, and more fashion forward than ever. CANDY brings us some of the freshest ideas from Japanese designers today.
From their 09FW collection… (check their website for lots more)
Latest promotional image… seriously the epitomy of Tokyo cool:
Their shop space is also used for many installations and fashion exhibitions…
I WANT TO GO THERE SO BAD.
Also, not forgetting the lovely Sister, another fabulous indie Japanese fashion house with amazing new talent. Definitely on their way to take the street fashion scene by storm.
Words are inadequate to describe this fantastic fashion/motion graphic reel for Gareth Pugh’s Fall 09 show.
The clothes are great of course, there’s a bit of wizardry and madness in them, but I love everything about the video, the whole cyber gothic cult feeling brought to us through the rigid movements of the model, the repetition and symmetry, the fantastic use of eerie, cult-like background music, and the excellent use of the ink as motion graphic effects. One might argue that such an artistic video might not give added value to the fashion but I think this really suits Gareth Pugh’s vision very well. In particular I love the part where the model ‘grows’ legs from the coat, like a beetle. It gives a little touch of nature, of growth, to the mechanical robotic concept so apparent since the first shot.
Also, I’ve been extremely interested in the use of ink/liquids as part of motion graphic videos for some time now. This reel reminds me of a fantastic short clip done by MIL:
And some experimental photography catching ink in motion, by yours truly:
I absolutely adore this series of images entitled “Wonderland tribute to Aya Kato”, photographed by Paco Peregrin. Aya Kato is my favourite artist, so it was wonderful to see somebody come up with an interpretation of her work through fashion photography. I love the stylist’s take on her art, using objects such as snowglobes and miniature carousels as part of the headgear, and giving Aya’s art a rougher edge with the use of deconstructed umbrellas with metal spokes, or even a European touch with the use of cavalry helmets and Napoleon-esque outfits.
See the rest of the set here at behance.net