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Monday October 18, 2010

araisara S/S 2011

SS 2011,
Kjeld Duits

Spring/Summer 2011 Collection of Japanese fashion brand araisara on October 18, 2010, during the Japan Fashion Week in Tokyo.

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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)

beautiful choice of colors used and matched! gorgeous pieces.

Oct 18, 2010 (4727 days ago)

Some pieces I liked a lot, others um, not so much. I enjoyed the colour pallet too.
The head obi things looked very stylish from the back but the front view had a “chemo patient” effect for me which was kind of distracting.

Oct 18, 2010 (4727 days ago)

Interesting brand, never heard of it actually. I hope to see Mercibeaucoup, Ne-Net, all of the Comme Des Garcons labels and spin offs, and Ka Na Ta. (If they’re showing)

Lactose Intoler-Art
Oct 19, 2010 (4727 days ago)

@2046: The head scarfs actually look very Asian, esp. Middle Eastern or Slavic, to me. I like them. But I can understand that they remind of something else.

@Lactose Intoler-Art: I really need someone on JS to assist with staying in contact with all the small Japanese brands and find out what shows take place where. I get tons of invitation e-mails, but the Japanese invitations are often so elaborate that I don’t always manage to read every single one I get… I don’t think that this time I have any of the brands that you listed on my shoot schedule, actually…

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Oct 19, 2010 (4727 days ago)

Love the flow the dresses have but the head scarf thing only impressed me when I saw the back knot.

Oct 21, 2010 (4724 days ago)

OK, I’ll be the voice of dissent. I actually really enjoyed the headscarves. They managed to add some more touches of interest to a palette that included a lot of neutral and muted tones, without saying “HOLY COW, LOOK AT MY HEAD.” I enjoyed them for the same reason I enjoyed Banal Chic Bizarre using the motorcycle helmets. They’re cool, but they still say with a wink, “you’re supposed to be looking at the CLOTHES, silly. Not my hair or my face.”

Leah B.
Oct 22, 2010 (4724 days ago)

@Leah B.: you’re supposed to be looking at the CLOTHES, silly. Not my hair or my face. Haha. Yes, great observation!

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Oct 22, 2010 (4724 days ago)

@Leah B: point taken but hair and make-up are important at shows too. hehe. . .I usually just look at the materials. Which is probably why the scarves caught my attention.

Nadine Kenific
Oct 22, 2010 (4723 days ago)

Oh, yes, Nadine, I won’t disagree that they’re important. But I appreciate that it is difficult to style the hair and makeup in a way that is different enough to set you apart, but also adds to and enhances the look of the clothing designs without distracting from them. I’ve never had a line on a runway or done models’ makeup, (Some day!) but it can’t be easy. And I’ve seen quite a few where I remembered the crazy hair, but not the garment. It’s clearly a difficult balance, even for the pros.

Leah B.
Oct 23, 2010 (4723 days ago)

@Nadine Kenific & Leah B.: I have been following your conversation with much interest. I think it would be really interesting to hear what fashion designers themselves think about the role and relative importance of hair and make-up in their shows. Maybe I should interview some Japanese designers and do an article?

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Oct 23, 2010 (4723 days ago)

@Kjeld yea, I’m not suprised about Ka Na Ta, but I think Mercibeaucoup and Ne-Net are getting much bigger now..There are a lot of their shops in Tokyo, in both major department stores and independent shops! I hope someone will cover them, but I definitely always like to get you guys take on the shows,
especially since we can comment too! :)

And I love that strip of brown on the last dress.

Lactose Intoler-Art
Oct 23, 2010 (4723 days ago)

@Lactose Intoler-Art: I have covered Mercibeaucoup in the past, but they weren’t part of the JFW this time and unfortunately I didn’t have enough time to ferret out all the hidden shows. We got a few of them like the Banal Chic Bizarre show. I will see if I can get more organized before the next season.

That strip of brown is cool. I always love small subtle accents like this; especially when they are done this well.

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Oct 23, 2010 (4723 days ago)

Kjeld: Brilliant idea. I would definitely read that interview voraciously, and probably learn a lot from it. I don’t pretend to be a seasoned fashion authority; I’m still relatively new to the scene. I have always been particular about my own personal style, but only made the connection that I’m a fashion-nerd this year. I want to learn as much as I can. Of course, Indianapolis isn’t really known to be a fashion Mecca. But that’s not gonna stop me.

Leah B.
Oct 27, 2010 (4719 days ago)

@Leah B.: Fashion is really a state of mind, so it doesn’t matter too much where you are. But it doesn’t hurt to be in a place where you are surrounded by inspiration. Hope you can make it to Japan one day!

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Oct 27, 2010 (4719 days ago)

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