Japanese designers and brands are more popular than ever.
Last January, Paris Fashion Week shocked us with many designs and presentations. Along with the established western designers, the Japanese designers stood out like always, showcasing their best. I’ve picked out three of my favorite shows from Paris fashion week which were created by Japanese designers and brands.
1. Undercover by Jun Takahashi
If you identify as punk, an underground rockstar, or even thoroughly enjoy skinny jeans, Undercover might be your favorite brand. Undercover is the pinnacle of ‘high-class’ edginess and continues to impress people with its ‘rebellion’ mentality.
To give a little background, Jun Takahashi created Undercover in 1990, drawing massive inspiration from punk rock. (At the time, Takahashi was in a band called ‘The Tokyo Sex Pistols,’ which already says a lot about the brand.)
This year, the Undercover show displayed designs inspired by Edgar Allen Poe and Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange (which explains the fantastical and mythical elements of his show).
2. Sacai by Chitose Abe
SACAI is like wearing pop-art. If you’re artsy, enjoy a subtle mix of color, or are always wearing patterns, Sacai might be your favorite brand.
Chitose Abe is originally a pattern cutter and created Sacai in 1999. Sacai relies on an unusual mixing of textiles. Always mixing and matching, Sacai Clothes are just very cool to look at.
This year, Sacai showcased a ‘melting pot’ of clothes, combining and matching many different styles to create something exciting and new.
3. Takahiro Miyashita, The Soloist
Takahiro Miyashita is one of my favorites.
He draws inspiration mainly from American style and music, but also adds in his Japanese touch. (Miyashita’s obsession with music is apparent in his Instagram page, where all he does is post his Apple music screenshots).
His designs are often dark and mysterious with utilitarian elements. (There is a lot of face-covering in his designs, which I find very interesting.)
His show this year involved many zippers, buckles, openings, and gave off a very post-apocalyptic vibe.
Japanese designers are innovative and bring a sense of style we don’t see often in America. I look forward to what these designers have in store for the future and for the growth of independent designers abroad!