Mode Acoté collection

At the end of the first day of Japan Fashion Week, Minoru Adachi’s Mode Acoté label served up a party atmosphere with party designs. This collection entitled “Innocent” showed two sides of the versatile designer.

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The first side was a quick paced in-your face elegant offering full of hidden gems. It started with a lightweight white cotton one-piece and inspired detailed patterned sleeves reminiscent of pop aficionados The Polyphonic Spree.

There were 20s style flapper dresses and flared sleeves beside ruffled ornate tops which wouldn’t have looked out of date in the New Romantic scene in 80s Britain. There were also pleated skirts and unfussy black top/white bottom sets which added clarity to this stunning showpiece.

The latter half of the show conjured up a very wearable contemporary feel with simple fine black blouses paired with provocative denim hot-pants. This sensuality was in stark contrast to the second side to Adachi’s collection.

Mode Acoté appeared to follow in the footsteps of European designer’s dignified “cover-up” policy with sensational long black summer frocks with chic silhouettes. Other choice items were beautiful sequined details on both summer tops and dresses. While not exactly bohemian in style it did echo some of this summer’s offbeat 60s inspired designs.

Mode Acoté‘s show pulled in two directions – sexy bravado contrasted with full-length simplicity and somehow this was a fitting end to a spectacular display of design from Japan’s current top fashion creators.

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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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