While the spring 2017 ready-to-wear shows just wrapped in New York, London, Milan, and Paris, there’s still more across the world worthy of checking out. Cue Tokyo, the fashion capital known for cutting edge designs that mix tradition with futurism and eccentricity with simplicity, all while redefining typical styles and setting unique trends.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Tokyo is kind of where it’s at. The hub of Japanese fashion continuously provides unlimited inspiration, featuring everything from minimalism to avant-garde to Harajuku eccentricity and more. And the recent fall 2016 shows were certainly no exception.
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.
For everyone in the U.S., Thanksgiving is a pretty huge deal. It’s a time for family bonding and of course, binge-eating delicious meals. Thanksgiving also kickstarts the holiday season, leading into the madness of Christmas, or in this year’s case, an early Hanukkah. But even when we’re all relaxing at home, fashion will always be on our minds. So on that note, here are a few totally random yet totally awesome things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving:
Malaika Firth –
Okay, so you’re probably tired of hearing about her, but Malaika Firth is definitely one to watch. Sure, plenty of girls kill it during their first runway seasons. However, it’s rare that a lot of these girls could be described as much more than generic “fillers,” while it’s even less likely for a black model to achieve such instant success in today’s industry. Cue Malaika, whose expected yet exhilarating rise to stardom has captivated many and earned her exclusive spots in top fashion shows and campaigns. She’s a groundbreaker, too, as the first black model in a Prada ad since 1994. But why, exactly, should one be thankful for Malaika Firth? Well, it’s not often that such a fascinating face is featured in fashion, and to put it simply, we should all be happy to have been graced by this new face.
The Spring 2014 Menswear Collections –
Maybe the spring 2014 menswear shows weren’t the most exciting in the history the fashion, but we have to appreciate all of the new styles presented for the chic guys. Frankly, there aren’t nearly as many people into menswear as womenswear (an idea which requires a lot more discussion at a later time), so it’s great to see some more dynamic designs instead of standard suits. A lot of fun new trends also came with the season, like the youthful, sporty ensembles or the ubiquitous floral motifs. Kris van Assche made perfectly minimal equipements at Dior Homme, as did Alexander Wang at Balenciaga. Meanwhile, Véronique Nichanian’s collection for Hermès and Alber Elbaz and Lucas Ossendrijver’s work at Lanvin reminded us that you can, in fact, be creative and varied with fabrics and silhouettes in men’s fashion. And for that, we say thanks.
Stefano Pilati at Ermenegildo Zegna –
Stefano Pilati is a perfect example that “you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.” His work for Yves Saint Laurent was certainly acclaimed, but no one could’ve anticipated how much he’d be missed after his departure from the house. So it would be an understatement to say people were excited when Pilati made his comeback with Ermenegildo Zegna. Not to choose favorites from the spring 2014 menswear season, but Stefano Pilati’s translation of his own incredible personal style into his first collection at Zegna was the type of refreshingly chic thing the menswear niche needed. His spacious silhouettes juxtaposed relaxation with elegance. It’s difficult to verbalize what was so perfect about this collection, though each look surely explains itself.
This one’s a little vague, but what would fashion be without Paris? Being in the City of Lights makes it easy to see where the magic comes from, whether witnessing the hectic yet beautiful Paris Fashion Week or simply walking around the sacred streets. On a personal level, Des Phosphènes would be nothing without the inspiration that oozes out of every crevice in Paris, and for that, I’m personally grateful.
Fantastic Fashion Journalists –
In the age of bloggers and social media essentially dominating the fashion industry, it’s important to hold onto the few true journalists we still have around. To keep it simple, here’s to the true writers. We’re happy to have Suzy Menkes, whose mastery of the written word is perfectly balanced with factual reporting, creating something like journalistic prose. We can’t forget Tim Blanks, who’s successfully managed to mélange classic methods of communications with those of our current Internet age, all presented with superior eloquence. A big thanks to Cathy Horyn, too, as she only speaks in cleverly worded truth, whether people become offended or not. These are just a few of the verbal artists who are essential to maintaining the dwindling professionalism and expertise in the fashion industry.
Rick Owens’ Spring 2014 Show –
When Rick Owens sent a series of steppers down the runway in exchange for the traditional parade of models, the most phenomenal presentation in recent fashion history took place. It’s easy to grow tired of the nameless, faceless, willowy women who generally run the runways. Though many question Owens’ intentions by casting the predominantly black, not-sample-size dancers, the presentation was nothing short of refreshing. Seeing a new type of woman, expressive and strong, the infectious energy and undeniable soul was something that every collection has been missing. In terms of fashion show productions, Rick Owens definitely killed spring 2014 (and easily the past several seasons).
The Popularization of Tokyo Fashion Week –
The A-list designers of New York, London, Milan, and Paris will never get old. But sometimes we long for something more. Cue Tokyo, the most fascinating fashion capital outside of the Big Four. It’s becoming common knowledge that the Japanese capital is one of the most creative when it comes to street fashion, and the insanely innovative styles are being recreated on Tokyo’s runways. With Style.com recently taking notice and covering Tokyo Fashion Week, we now have the opportunity to see fantastic collections from the likes of Atsushi Nakashima and Yoshio Kubo. It’s fantastic to see more interest in other fashionable cities, symbolizing the beauty of living in a global world. Let’s hope for more from Tokyo very soon.
The Return of Nicolas Ghesquière –
When Nicolas Ghesquière suddenly left Balenciaga due to creative differences, it was as if there was a huge hole ripped out of the heart of fashion. Okay, maybe that was a little dramatic, but Ghesquière’s collections were always the most exciting of every season, defying typical standards of normalcy. Luckily, it was recently announced that the modern day master will be replacing Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton, thus subsequently reclaiming his spot amongst the best Parisian designers.
On a final note, for those of you who are lucky enough to be around family, friends, and food (and even fashion) this Thanksgiving, enjoy! Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the U.S (and a Happy Hanukkah to everyone worldwide)!
Fashion shows are basically incessant, as it seems like there’s always some type of fashion week taking place somewhere around the world. After the main “fashion month” with presentations in New York, London, Milan, and Paris, it’s now Tokyo’s turn to show the world their skills. While I can’t guarantee that I’ll report specific collections from Tokyo Fashion Week, I definitely have something to say about the city’s street style. I’m more of a minimalist when it comes to how I like to dress, but I can’t deny that the bold looks I’ve seen people wearing at Tokyo Fashion Week are unique and inspiring. If you have any doubts about Tokyo’s style, you’ll definitely think twice after seeing some of these looks.