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Taishi Nobukuni - Crossing Continents

I like it when fashion gets political, especially when you least expect it. Japan Fashion Week – certainly not a hot spot for political activism, surprised a Tokyo audience this morning.

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Taishi Nobukuni, designer at menswear giant Takeo Kikuchi, presented his signature line in a show for this season’s Tokyo Collections.

With a truly ethnic line he set his stall out from the beginning with an exquisite white jacket with “100% FAKE” emblazoned on the back while a husky accompanied the model down the catwalk.

Dalmatians, lambs and hawks were also paired with models and Nobukuni’s message was explicit.

This was a truly beautiful show and certainly the best show by far this fashion week. A real fusion of African, Indian and Asian influences that all stood out from the crowd.

A black quilted jacket with silver fur lining, animal prints, Dalmatian spots with sophisticated detail and patterns both shocked and delighted.

Blindfolds, Eskimo jackets, Indian aprons and a slightly Middle Eastern aspect finished this stunning collection.

Nobukuni crossed continents, ethnicities and hearts with an excellent political show that stood up for a noble cause.

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Paul McInnes About the Author

Paul McInnes is a fashion and arts journalist based in Tokyo. He is the menswear fashion editor of The Japan Times, the Tokyo editor of Sportswear International, contributes to High Fashion, Dazed Digital, and JC Report.

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