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Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection of Japanese fashion brand SOMARTA on March 19, 2012, during the Japan Fashion Week in Tokyo.

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Monday March 19, 2012
Maria: @Miss Molly: I think it is a great homage ^^ In fact, Hirokawa should have taken care of the House McQueen instead of Burton <33
MissMolly: @Maria, I do understand that people draw influence from just about anything and everything, and I have no problems with such a thing. But there’s a fine line between being influenced by someone, and then directly taking specific cues of material, silhouette, color palette, and craftsmanship all at once from one designer in particular. Everything from the colors (simplistic I know, but in combination with the rest…), to some of the techniques used, the styling with hair and makeup, and even the bone/web-like headdresses are similar. It feels less like an homage to McQueen, and more like a continuation of his line.
Kjeld Duits: @Kellyn: Yes, great design!

Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection of Japanese fashion brand HIROKO KOSHINO on March 19, 2012, during the Japan Fashion Week in Tokyo.

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Monday March 19, 2012
Kjeld Duits: @Dörrie Banana: I actually like the make-up at fashion shows. I love the creativity that make-up artists put into it. But this big white block around the eyes made it really difficult to photograph the show.
Dörrie Banana: I really like the baggy clothes in this collection. The designer managed to make them look really good and stylish. Especially the colourful ones with the nice patterns at the end are really beautiful. The only thing I don’t understand is that awfully weird eye make up or make up in general the models have to wear. It makes them look very angry and even scary. In my opinion, it ruins the outfits. Thus I tried to not pay attention to it while I was looking at the pictures. I think designers tend to exaggerate the make up, which is very sad :( But the clothes remain awesome! :-)
Kjeld Duits: @Graham-kun: Hiroko Koshino always manages to turn out really chic looks. Have you see her other shows that I shot? Hiroko Koshino 2010, 2012 | Hiroko Koshino 2005-2008

Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection of Japanese fashion brand KAMISHIMA CHINAMI on March 19, 2012, during the Japan Fashion Week in Tokyo.

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Monday March 19, 2012
Kjeld Duits: @Maria: I think it’s too safe and commercial… — I agree. KAMISHIMA CHINAMI is kind of a conservative brand that stays on the safe side of the line, but they do make beautiful things. ^_-
Maria: I like those huge brush patterns n_n The collection is very modern and western. I think it’s too safe and commercial…I do like it, but I wish it had more japanese stunning creativity ^^U

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Sunday March 18, 2012
Kjeld Duits: @Nyurah: Yes, freedom is indeed a difficult work to define. But the aesthetics of fashion and style are definitely different here. I am glad I can be here to document it. ^^
Nyurah: @Emma & Kjeld: Well, I think it depends on what kind of freedom you’re talking about. But in question of style, there is clearly a higher acceptance in Japan than in many other countries. My opinion at least^^
Kjeld Duits: @Emma: That is funny, because the majority (if not all) of Japanese people believe that there is more freedom outside Japan. I guess the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence… ^_-
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