Feminine and cotton candy! Those were the two words running in my mind while the Han Ahn Soon SS 2014 collection was on-going. It was a collection that seemed to be a gathering of girly trends like color blocking, pastels, lace and so much more with a variety of shapes and silhouettes. From straight tailored suits, sleek dresses, sexy swimsuits to huge puffy skirts, Soon gave a refreshing collection that seems to remind us of different personas that girls can be. They can be tough and in control but they will always be that little girl inside of them.
Set in the modern building of Akasaka Intercity which has a lovely Japanese garden outside, it was the perfect setting for Somarta’s SS 2014 show entitled Metaphor. The setting is indeed a metaphor itself for the marriage of traditional and modern techniques of making clothes that designer Tamae Hirokawa used in putting up this collection. She used a lot of digital prints in her pieces while some have handwoven textiles that gives an interesting texture. This marriage continues up to the silhouettes and inspiration of the collection. The silhouettes are up to date and showed a bit of flowing movements while Hirokawa drew a lot of inspiration from Oriental culture which was apparent in the cuts, necklines and accessories particularly the obi belts. There was also a sense of boho in some of the looks with those feathers, frills and tassel accents. What actually stole the attention of a lot of people are the golden hair accessories that seemed to be influenced by the great Egyptian queen Cleopatra.
Last Saturday, I went to Minami Machida in Kanagawa prefecture (approximately 20 minutes by train from Yokohama) to meet up with my girl Rexcy for some nice early dinner and a lot of window shopping. I know it’s a bit too early for some heavy layering but Typhoon 23 brought enough amounts of rain showers to make the weather extremely cold for autumn in Eastern Japan. I’m so glad I had leather and knit wear with me to make me feel a bit warmer but not enough to stop me from having a runny nose right now. But at least I looked good and that’s what’s most important! Ha! What a vain and shallow bitch.
New York, London, Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks are now over and it’s time for Tokyo to showcase its offering for spring-summer 2014. As much as I wanna go to all of the shows, my work schedule’s too tight for me to make it especially to the brands that I personally support. Aside from that, my work in the kindergarten has started to become really busy especially now that we’re opening a new campus. We have to work extra on all Saturdays of October for orientations for prospective students and parents both for our school and the new campus. If I add more pressure by worrying if I could make it on time for the shows, editing the photos and uploading them in the blog, I think I’m gonna explode like that a time bomb. On the other hand, I don’t wanna miss all the fun of Tokyo Fashion Week and have the chance to see my fashion friends around. Oh heavens, I’m really torn! But surely, if in case I miss the shows of my favorite brands and designer friends, I’ll surely make it up by going to their SS 2014 exhibitions. That’s actually better because I’ll have the chance to see and feel the clothes in a more personal level.
hat from UPSTAIRS store in Harajuku, leather jacket from Mode Off, H&M pants and tee, Azul by Moussy knit cardigan and Zara shoes
photos by Rexcy Domingo