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Japan night celebrated the vision, skill and creativity of the designer in a series of four stunning shows on a night of pure, unadulterated fashion that eschewed the whole circus and took one back to the roots of basic fashion presentations.
there was no need for supermodels. no pop stars. no overinflated egos. no frills, no fluff.
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junko koshino opened the night with a modern interpretation of the geisha. her girls were swathed in luxe embellished silks and embroided fabrics that caught the wind and trailed behind like surreal batwings. I last worked with the legendary designer 18 years ago and she hasn’t lost any of her ability to amaze – and I am glad my younger creative counterparts got a chance to experience the wonderful world of junko.20131014-153707.jpg

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20131014-154628.jpg the yoshiki hishinuma runway was filled with a quirky assortment of hand painted gowns that , I must admit, had not much hanger appeal but sprung beautifully to life when worn

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20131014-155817.jpg it was another lovely reunion when designer keita maruyama breezed into town. I last worked on his show, assisting producer rizal ahyar, more than 10 years ago, and he is still the same effervescent , bubby personality I remembered.

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20131014-161653.jpg the evening also included a special performance by miyoko shida, also known as “the feather lady” – who kept the crowd in rapt awe as she balanced a series of branches on a single feather in a delicate balancing act.

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20131014-162111.jpg but the proudest moment of the evening was when 6 of the new paper new face girls were selected to walk in the Japanese creative centre show, wearing the outfits of young designers. congrats qianni, amelia, yingyi, karyn, alina & clarissa on booking your first professional , paid modelling assignment for an international designer.

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at the end of the day, all fashion weeks are different in content, direction, vision and purpose. but last night proved that this fashion week stood head and shoulders above the rest in terms of sincerity and heart, and ( in the words of the visiting designers ) extremely high production standards.
and it reminded us all why we’re doing this in the first place.

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