Rakuten Trend Week Tokyo 2021 S/S | October 12 – October 17 2020
Digital reveals, wet rooftop catwalks and masks style. Designers and organizers alike twisted adversity into alternative on the newest Rakuten Trend Week Tokyo, managing to innovatively host Japan’s much-anticipated style occasion regardless of the coronavirus pandemic.
Listed below are a number of the week’s highlights and the way Japan’s high designers are envisioning the spring and summer season of 2021. (We have now our fingers crossed that it’s a way more constructive scene in comparison with the pandemic-consumed 2020.)
Artistic out of doors runways
Like its Paris and New York counterparts, Tokyo noticed parks and out of doors areas remodel into style runways. Fashions weaved by way of pathways and foliage in Shinjuku Gyoen’s balmy greenhouse for TAAK’s present, whereas MIKIO SAKABE introduced its 2021 Spring / Summer season assortment on the rooftop of the newly-opened Miyashita Park in Shibuya.
Regardless of the wet climate on the latter, designers Mikio Sakabe and Shueh Jen-Fang’s alternative of sheer materials, translucent raincoats and sensible trainers had been as much as the duty. As an alternative of soggy fashions with garments clinging miserably to pores and skin, the gathering’s candy pastel shades, crisp whites and puffy sleeves and skirts superbly juxtaposed towards the darkish gray skies and mirrored off the moist sheen of the bottom.
Images by Louise Angerer (@edenthecollection).
Practicality, muted tones and masks style
Trend has all the time been a mirrored image of the world we reside in and this Tokyo Trend Week was no exception. So what’s trending proper now? Muted tones, practicality and lightweight layers had been well-liked (though not unique) motifs — as was the looks of masks. Trend photographer Louise Angerer displays that “The style was nonetheless extra reserved, streamlined and practical than in earlier years, and the runway felt subdued with darker hues.” She jokes that “Many collections felt nearly post-apocalyptic, as if that is what’s left after the craziness of 2020.”
Males’s style model Meanswhile epitomized this idea. With sensible vests, straps, buckles and drawstring sleeve cuffs, all set towards sturdy, waterproof materials in stony, earthy shades, the fashions seemed prepared for a survival mission or out of doors escape. You’d be forgiven for pondering they had been misplaced on a mountainside if it wasn’t for the economic scaffolding hunched over the runway, pulling us again into the realm of city attire.
Images by Louise Angerer.
Brights and bolds
Designers reminiscent of Rynshu and HIROKO KOSHINO introduced silver linings of shade forward of subsequent 12 months’s hotter months. Maybe these bursts of bolder shades are an announcement about wanting in direction of a brighter future in 2021. Regardless of the motive behind them, key items like Rynshu’s hanging metallic orange and blue snakeskin go well with, in addition to the neon-accented swimsuits, summer season clothes and chunky seashore wedges of KOSHINO’s dreamy online pool party, oozed “let’s rejoice.”
Images by Louise Angerer.
Elsewhere on Metropolis:
The world of high-end style has grow to be extra accessible than ever due to on-line reveals. As you’d count on, the designers didn’t draw back from the chance to be artistic. Manufacturers went all out of their video ideas and manufacturing, diving into fantasy, animation and the surreal.
Alice in Wonderland fused with the cyber realm in KEITA MARUYAMA × PITTA MASK’s “Maskuerader.” The immersive video journey introduced Mexican-inspired seems to be with intricate floral embroidery, full skirts and assertion knits, together with ingenious masks (a few of which you may query the breathability however actually can’t deny the creativity).
Designer Takaaki Shimase embraced layers and calm seashore days in tac:tac’s newest assortment by way of using easy blues and lotions alongside easily-wearable jackets, scarves and pants. Internet hosting this show online gave tac:tac the liberty to enterprise past the partitions of the runway into a spot the place the gathering might really feel infinitely extra at dwelling — a breezy seashore.
Most hanging of all the web reveals was doublet’s highly-anticipated “Strangest Consolation,” designed by Masayuki Ino. Made within the type of a first-person survival horror sport (suppose Slender Man), doublet blew the standard runway out of the water because the video took the viewers on a tour of an eerie constructing stuffed with the fashionably-dressed undead.
As all the time, style college students and Tokyo’s most style-conscious took to the streets all through the week, albeit in smaller numbers than previous years. Donned of their masks and best outfits, there was every little thing you’d count on from the Tokyo road style scene that we all know and love, from the smooth and subdued to the eccentric and wild. Just a few of style photographer Angerer’s favorites are under.
Images by Louise Angerer.