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To many, Tokyo is a city of dreams. We head east to experience a real-life fantasy, highlighting fashion from one of Japan’s greatest – Issey Miyake – alongside some of the nation’s most exciting local labels.

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Tokyo Now

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Although the spring 2016 ready-to-wear shows have just concluded in the four major fashion capitals, New York, London, Milan, and Paris, there’s even more going on in other parts of the world. It’s no secret that Japan has always been one of the most fascinating and exciting regions on the globe, and of course, that includes Tokyo. And we’re in luck, because the top designers from the underrated fashion mecca just showed their latest work for spring 2016.

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Let’s Make Tokyo Happen

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Et Momonakia; Photo Courtesy AP

Et Momonakia; Photo Courtesy AP

The Asian market is a huge deal when it comes to sales in the fashion industry. Meanwhile, Eastern cultures and traditions have served as inspiration for countless designers’ collections. However, something’s missing.

There’s quite a lot to be seen between New York, London, Milan, and Paris during Fashion Month, while certain fashion shows gain tons of attention when they pop up in other cities. But what about Tokyo?

There’s nothing wrong with any of our other major fashion capitals, but we’ve got to play favorites for a second. Only in Tokyo – or all of Japan for that matter – can you find everything from the sharpest, sleekest minimalism to the brightest and boldest styles of the future to over-the-top Harajuku style and everything in between. In all elements of Japanese culture, precision and perfection are pivotal, whether more outlandish or pared back designs. More importantly, the things that we’ve seen from Tokyo-based designers never follow trends, always representing genuine individuality and artistry, regardless of the aesthetic.

Yes, some of the biggest Paris-based fashion entities have Japanese ties, including Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garçons, Junya Watanabe, Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, and Kenzo. But over in Tokyo, there’s still labels worth noticing like Atsushi Nakashima, Jun Okamoto, Phenomenon, Yasutoshi Ezumi, Kamishima Chinami, and Nozomi Ishiguro Tambourine, to name a few. Although Style.com made the major move of covering Tokyo Fashion Week during the spring 2013 and fall 2013 seasons, the underrated fashion mecca still hasn’t seemed to have gained the traction it deserves.

Again, various elements of Japanese fashion have contributed to and inspired endless collections and editorials, so it would only make sense that there would be a stronger focus on Tokyo, if not the entire country of Japan. So, what gives? Let’s make this a thing. Let’s make Tokyo happen!

Check out some of our favorite examples of Tokyo-based fashion below

Yuma Koshino

Yuma Koshino

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Hiroko Koshino

Hiroko Koshino

 

 

Nozomi Ishiguro Tambourine

Nozomi Ishiguro Tambourine

Yuma Koshino

Yuma Koshino

Matohu

Matohu

Nozomi Ishiguro Tambourine

Nozomi Ishiguro Tambourine

Hiroko Koshino

Hiroko Koshino

Yuma Koshino

Yuma Koshino

Matohu

Matohu