I know I’m gonna be all busy in the following weeks because I’m moving to my new apartment and that means, I’m not sure when I can have an internet connection to update my blog. So before that happens, I wanna share to you my experience on the latest fashion event I went to which was the presentation of the collaboration of Japanese designer brand Matohu and traditional Japanese art maker Coshell 2.
Matohu, being loyal to its DNA of using traditional Japanese styles and techniques decided to team up with the Iwate-based art brand for a collection of bags and accessories. Most of the bags are made of hariko paper which are usually used for traditional masks and dolls and were shaped in different animals specifically a bird, a cat and a rabbit. Because of their sizes and shapes, the bags seem to look heavy but I was so surprised they were as light as a feather when I tried carrying them. They are also stronger because of the extra coatings Coshell did for them. There were also these trendy bag-on-bags in different designs (doctor bag, military bag, crocodile skin bag and a basket) and these cute sukashi (Japanese hollow block) pouch bags which are also made out of hariko papier maches. The Matohu x Coshell 2 collection is available until February 2nd in their Omotesando flagship store (click HERE for shop access) so if you’re in Tokyo, better get these cute bags and accessories NOW!!!!
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I am always awed by how Hiroyuki Horihata and Makiko Sekiguchi of Matohu see fashion through the Japanese eye. I mean, it’s just really amazing how they get inspired by Japanese culture and tradition and manifest them through fashion in a contemporary way. This season, they presented their AW 2013 collection entitled あはい or AWAI which was inspired by nature specifically snow. The husband-wife duo drew inspiration from everything that one can see during a snowy winter day- the snow itself, the gray color of the sky, the interesting lines formed in the roof steels and the beautiful landscape of this natural phenomenon. The show was very solemn and peaceful like how a snowy winter day in a Japanese town in the countryside. The runway was well lit and foggy which was also matched by a very calming score that effectively achieves the mood of the brand. Generally the collection showcased simple silhouettes and mostly conservative pieces. There was a number of very strong coats perfectly tailored and kimono-inspired while the color palette ranged from grays, blacks, purples and blues. The tie-dye technique was also applied which put an interesting accent and touch on the clothes. Texture played a very important role in a lot of pieces specifically the coats and skirts that had a powdery snow effect on them. There was also wide range uses of knit and tweed materials in the collection. My personal favorites are the capes, textured coats and the black coat with discreet black snowflakes on them.
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