Rosie Lai, our intern from Hong Kong, will now be covering the Asian market for the VT blog.
Few people continue to follow the fashion week mania after Paris, but little do they know that the Asian shows have only just begun. While the larger brands (Comme des Garcons, Sacai, just to name a few) choose to show in Europe, the designers that show on the Japanese and Korean runways are often of the up-and-coming variety, which sometimes translates to more quirky, unique collections that you’d never see anywhere else. Oh, and this applies to menswear too–Asian designers have always had a knack for sleek, stylish suits and shorts for men.
Here are some of my favorite looks from Tokyo and Seoul Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
1. Taro Horiuchi: Taking a futuristic spin (literally inspired by UFO-themed art by a Belgian artist) on the modern silhouette, Horiuchi sent models down the runway in perforated blouses, bold reds and yellows and playful textures that appeal to edgy and feminine women alike.
2. House of Holland: For the whimsical of you, this collection stunned in bright (and I mean bright) florals reminiscent of storybook characters, perfect for a fun brunch or even work if styled under a more muted jacket. Either way, no one will dare say you’re boring!
3. Munsoo Kwon: Well-loved by Korean celebrities and street style stars alike, Kwon’s collection is usually geared towards men, but sometimes brings its sporty aesthetic to womenswear as well. So if you’re looking for a cool bomber jacket or sleek sport jacket, now you know where to find them!
And let’s not forget the street style! Needless to say, the Harajuku girls on the streets of Japan never fail to surprise and exhilarate from their dark, goth ensembles to Lolita looks. Of course, Korean street style stars dress to impress as well, in perfect blends of masculine and feminine silhouettes. See for yourself below!
Images Courtesy of Bustle.com & Vogue.com