Somarta Spring/Summer 2008

Somarta, the label begun by Issey Miyake protégé Tamae Hirokawa in 2006, has very quickly grown into an exciting and promising brand. Feted by foreign and domestic press alike the label’s latest offerings demonstrated what all the fuss is about.

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Hirokawa pulled off a great show with her trademark bodysuits, innovative materials and textures and some Maori-like make up. There is so much detail in a Somarta piece, so much layering and mixing of fabrics that it is not surprising that it’s the rising star of the Japanese fashion scene.

Warrior like metallic plates worn over body suits, beautifully embroidered dresses, and some soft pleats were promising and the collection as a whole was very auspicious indeed.

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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