ZIN KATO/CUP by Zin Kato

In a radically different atmosphere, Zin Kato released their ZIN KATO/CUP labels. In a decidedly mature collection Toru Kato and Misako Hayashi established that they can deliver a diverse array of clothing from original jumpsuit creations to evening wear.

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They opened with a variety of jumpsuits/uniforms with the logo “CUP” imprinted on the back – in a startling array of vivid colours they had a kind of 1960s catsuit quality to them. With prominent zipped fronts these inviting creations appeared both alluring and practical. Along with summery sleeveless short dresses and printed t-shirts the CUP label was at least innovative.

In a contrasting collection ZIN KATO seemed frumpy and dated. Evening gowns, extravagant patterning with what can only be described as “Streetwalker pants” this truly odd show was a little unsettling. High waisted jeans, hot pants and polished materials were evocative of Cheryl Ladd in Charlie’s Angels.

This was a mixed affair and it seemed unusual that the organizers would choose this collection to finish off the first part to Japan Fashion Week. In an amazing week for Japanese design this catwalk show felt unrepresentative of what is happening in ateliers across the country.

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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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