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Wednesday October 6, 2010

Nozomi Ishiguro A/W 2010

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Kjeld Duits

Autumn/Winter 2010 “Gypsy Ballerina” Collection of Japanese fashion brand Nozomi Ishiguro on October 2, 2010 in Osaka.

NOZOMI ISHIGURO on the street
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Kjeld Duits About the Photographer

Inspired by the stunningly creative street fashion that exploded on the streets of Tokyo and Osaka in the late 1990’s, photo-journalist Kjeld Duits launched JAPANESE STREETS in 2002. This makes JS one of the first fashion blogs on the net, and the very first to cover Japanese street fashion.

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Comment (日本語もOK)

I like! ;D

Oct 7, 2010 (2698 days ago)

Did the models switch poses on the escalator while coming down, or were they still the entire time?

Oct 7, 2010 (2698 days ago)

@Sierra: They were basically still all the time. They started looking down when they came close to the end of the escalator. I really liked the idea of incorporating an escalator into a fashion show. Too bad that the lighting was awful (as is often the case at Japanese fashion shows…).

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Oct 7, 2010 (2698 days ago)

A few of the pieces are quite good, like the short top and a couple of pairs of shorts. But most are difficult clothes for girls. The models are good, with great legs, which helped the show. I’m from Europe and I don’t know what the weather is like in Osaka, but looking it up on the web, it does get cold in winter, so………..

Oct 7, 2010 (2698 days ago)

I LOVE Nozomi Ishiguro. The clothes are amazing up close. I feel like the brand usually incorporates more color though, and I don’t remember as many crop/belly tops? I think it just depends how someone wants to wear it. But the first picture of the girl coming down the escalator is simply amazing. I really looked at the clothes up close for the first time at LaForet this summer, and there was SOOO much detail that photos can’t even capture.

Lactose Intoler-Art
Oct 8, 2010 (2698 days ago)

@akiko & Lactose Intoler-Art: I must admit I wasn’t really very familiar with Nozomi Ishiguro’s work. He is overlooked a lot, and I don’t encounter his clothes very often, so I was happily surprised with this show. As you say, Lactose Intoler-Art, the detail is indeed amazing.

@akiko: Even in Hokkaido, with weather like in Alasaka, there are many young women who wear short skirts in winter. Osaka’s weather is actually comparable to the weather in southern Spain, or northern Africa, temperature-wise. Yesterday it was about 27 degrees centigrade. So these clothes are quite comfortable for autumn here, and when it gets colder, you would wear a nice warm coat over everything. Even in Tokyo, 500 km north of Osaka, the weather doesn’t really get that cold. Tokyo is a lot similar to Paris, I’d say. Cold, but nothing like the weather in northern Europe or the Alps.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Oct 8, 2010 (2697 days ago)

@ Akiko
Well, you know how fashion shows are. In Europe also, creators, stylists propose crazy silhouettes because a fashion show is above all a show. It must have a dramatic look. It’s the same for the models. Models from that show had great legs… Like models from fashion shows in Europe have great legs. I don’t think it is different (well, in Europe they even got slender, and slender with time with the absolute model silhouette that each girl should get… A standard made by Grace Codington from Vogue). Of course, no-one wears an entire silhouette proposed by designers. You just pick up some top, some skirt… I don’t remember really the winter in Osaka (I think we had 3 weeks when it was really, really cold in 2006) but here in Tokyo winter is tough! But even when it’s windy, raining, snowing, you still see girls wearing short pants and short skirts, even without any tights… Although, I think they must be really freezing. But I guess they don’t care, they just want to be pretty and have only that will in mind. But what is a particular aspect of Japanese fashion (street fashion) is that they compile layers and layers of clothes (have a good look at JS snaps and you will notice it). So it’s better if some are short, some long… Then, you overlay. So I thought that what was proposed by this show is good for layering on some other tops (whether more classic or not), like the white/red fine stripped top, the Chanel look jacket that would be use actually like a top under a warmer coat and not as a jacket itself for winter time, as the very short tapestry top that would be use more like an accessory over some warm top or shirt (you can reinforce the “decoration” look then by using a real “decoration” belt on the shirt for example), for short pants and short skirts, for winter time, you can wear wool leggings or stockings and will overlay some woll high socks, and then even maybe some warm boots (fur boots seems to be fashionable for this winter!)… I hope I gave you good ideas for not being afraid of wearing short clothes because you don’t have to wear them by themselves, remember you can compile them to many warmer clothes. And if you’re afraid to show your skin, your legs, as I am, simply don’t hesitate to use stockings, in every type of color, material, decorated or not. If girls in Japan do, why can’t we? Have faith in yourself.

Valerie Fujita
Oct 8, 2010 (2697 days ago)

Thanks Kjeld! I was curious since I’ve never seen an escalator incoorporated before :) I see what you mean with the lighting…what a shame! I like the use of beads and tweed, each model really has a totally different style. Interesting indeed :)

Oct 8, 2010 (2697 days ago)

love it! the looks are very mystical but also very wearable so you can stand you in an everyday setting. would love to see more from this designer.

Oct 9, 2010 (2696 days ago)

Thanks for the comments. I am familiar with the ideas behind fashion shows as my daughter is a designer, and I am on the retail side. I asked about the weather because on this side of the planet it plays an important part on how girls dress. That is, in the autumn/winter season although the weather may be similar to Osaka here, (which is Madrid, by the way), a little less humidity perhaps, girls will cover themselves up. Valerie, I agree that the Chanel style jacket is good, the short top that goes with it, the shorts on the first model and the white-ish top are also very good. Although the style is a mix of gypsy/romantic line, the clothes are for a certain type of client. One that is quite sophisticated. They would work very well in London, for the Chelsea, Knightsbridge and Mayfair croud.
I just happened to mention the models, as they look great and………I find Japanese women interesting.

Oct 9, 2010 (2696 days ago)

considering this is the first time i’ve seen this particular designer, i am amazed at the attention to detail and construction that they have put into these clothes. it’s as if someone cared immensely how someone would feel in these clothes rather than just how they looked or fit. real respect is shown in the way fabric and construction is treated. i love it.

Oct 10, 2010 (2695 days ago)

WOW! The only thing I can say is that they ALL LOOK SO INCREDIBLE!! It’s like destroyed sophistication!

Oct 10, 2010 (2695 days ago)

Love it :) The collection makes me think of Chanel on acid, perhaps, but it is beautiful in it’s own right.

Oct 11, 2010 (2694 days ago)

Love this look! What a great blog!

Oct 12, 2010 (2693 days ago)

@all: Thanks!

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Oct 12, 2010 (2693 days ago)

This was an amazing shoot!!! Kudos*

Oct 22, 2010 (2683 days ago)

@Nadine: Thanks.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Oct 22, 2010 (2683 days ago)

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