Thursday, 30 September 2010

Harajuku Freak

Japanese designers have always been at the centre of fashion as they create the most innovative and daring statement pieces, they are also known for their skills, often using the mannequin rather than traditional pattern cutting to create their garments. We found some very exciting examples of Japanese Avant-Garde design talent at Vodafone London Fashion Weekend.


During his time as a student at the Royal College of Fine Art Antwerp, Naka met a tailor and this inspired him to become a designer. Success was imminent as he was selected to join the Hyeres International Mode Festival. Before returning to Japan in 2006, Naka also added knitwear to his repertoire, working for an American knitwear designer. 
Both of the jackets above show a clear confidence with leather, pig skin in particular is part of his unusual material choices. Zips and studs also adorn his garments, as he puts his mark on the traditional biker jacket.

Pictured above is a jacket featuring panels of silver material, which is in fact titanium similar to the coating on touch screen phones.

@IZREEL's edgy menswear

Initially majoring in Mathematics, Takakura debuted his first collection when he launched @IZREEL in May 2003, and is going on to expand his horizons by signing contracts with brands and designers worldwide. We were told that fans of his work include Jay Z and the Black Eyed Peas.
The inspiration for this season's collection was Japanese armour, asymmetric cuts and metallic finishes give an edge to his heritage. 

A kimono inspired summer dress by Theatre Products

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