honoyo : Inspirational Stylish Fun

Apr 11 2014: Tokyo hat designer Honoyo Imai’s creations are stylish, fun, and very different…

Kjeld Duits: @Baterka: But I can understand your English. ^^
Baterka: Amazing! I really like how looking his way. (Search for school ,changes etc) Video was inspiring. :-) You can see that passion of creation. She is really charming! (Sorry for my terrible English :-))
Kjeld Duits: @Mathieu S.: Thanks, Mathieu. Yes, Honoyo is a very inspiring person. More artist than designer, I think. That attracts me to her hats even more. She gives you the opportunity to wear art in your daily life. I hope my readers will support her in a big way. Either by sharing this interview, or by purchasing one or more of her works. I really want her to succeed! She deserves it. ^^

Tokyo hat designer Honoyo Imai

The dark avant-gardist romanticism of alice auaa

Jan 15 2014: JAPANESE STREETS interviews designer Yasutaka Funakoshi of alice auaa, one of Japan’s coolest underground fashion brands

Kjeld Duits: @Julia: She is one of Funakashi’s most important assistants. I actually don’t know if she has twitter…
Julia: who’s the girl with the big black hair? she wouldn’t happen to have twitter or something similar? super cool anyway.
Kjeld Duits: @Karol: Glad you like Funakoshi’s style, Karol!

Yasutaka Funakoshi of alice auaa

Dorothy Vacance

Jan 11 2012: Ayano “Gon” Nakayama of Dorothy Vacance transforms old men’s dress shirts into high fashion

Kim: I fell in love with her “tie collared shirt”
Kjeld Duits: @Lactose Intoler-Art: Yes, I think you have hit the nail right on the head there: very tasteful, avant-garde, and unique but also totally her and independent from any major trends influencing the Tokyo fashion scene. I love Gon’s work. She has managed to bridge the gap between other visual art and fashion, but in such a way that the results are actually wearable.
Lactose Intoler-Art: Amazing, amazing! I love her work, and the video was so great, I watched the whole thing. What I love about Gon’s style in particular is it is very tasteful, avant-garde, and unique, but I feel like it is also totally her. She doesn’t seem to defined even by Tokyo trends, but stays true to herself, and it works very, very well for her!

110605-5876 - Ayano "Gon" Nakayama of Dorothy Vacance

Japanese Designer in Canada Drops Feminine Touch

May 31 2011: Toronto based Japanese designer Hiroshi Awai muses on the differences in fashion between Canada and Japan

Hiroshi Awai, the Osaka-born creative director of CREEP

The Fairy Tale Style of Dolly Kei

Mar 04 2011: Grimoire is one of the originators of Dolly Kei fashion, a style that matches the stories of the Grimm Brothers.

Ana: Yeah…I’m not seeing much of a difference btw.mori girl and dolly kei. Anyone care to explain? Is mori less folk-costume inspired?
Jini: Interesting style, it’s vintage combined with unusual items, smart fashion :) Watching this vid made me homesick to Japan :( when the guy talks it sounds like a tourist programme, I could watch those all day… sigh…
Arc: @Kjeld TPO true true, true true.

New Yohji Yamamoto Biography

Jul 02 2010: Belgian publisher Ludion is publishing a biography of Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto.

Kjeld Duits: @Lactose Intoler-Art: I understand that the book will be sold worldwide. Surprisingly, it is not listed on Amazon yet, though…
Lactose Intoler-Art: すごい! I’m gonna have to at LEAST look at this book. Will major book stores carry it in the USA?

Yohji Yamamoto

Are You Hangry & Angry?

May 12 2010: A stuffed animal transformed into a nuclear bomb to destroy the world. A hospital from which patients leave in coffins. Welcome to the world of Japanese designer Gashicon

Kjeld Duits: @Julia: Actually, I always thought the two characters were genderless. During the many hours that I spoke with Gashicon, she never ever said he or she when referring to Hangry and Angry. She was extremely careful to use genderless expressions. Unfortunately, in English you do have to choose a gender, so I ended up using he. Unless you are talking about the singers Hangry and Angry of course. They are clearly girls. Anyway, next time I meet Gashicon I will ask her about the gender of these two characters.
Teretetetet: Inspiring!! Thanks for bringing us fantastic interviews!!

Hiromi Saito Brings Age-Old Kimonos into Your Daily Life

Mar 17 2010: Hiromi Saito, creator of the B.S.E.T.C range, takes treasured vintage kimono and turns them into stylish and contemporary accessories

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