#AFWT :: AMAZON FASHION WEEK TOKYO 2019 A/W • DAY ONE

I am beyond excited to showcase Amazon Fashion Week Tokyohere on essellesse!

If we are being completely honest, I think Tokyo Fashion Week is the most under the radar fashion weeks.

Not only is Tokyo one of the most fashion forward cities in the world {& in my personal opinion, THE most fashion forward city } but it houses some of the most incredible designers. In fact, Tokyo Fashion Week is becoming a hub for Asian designers from various countries and there are just so many that should be on our radar here.

After the first day, I already am so blown away. The shows are phenomenal and the styling is so inspiring

Tokyo Fashion Week is ran by Amazon & occurs twice a year: March for A/W & October for S/S. All photos below are from the official Amazon Fashion Week website, as well as shopping information unless noted otherwise.

Here is a recap on 2019 A/W Amazon Fashion Week Tokyo – enjoy!! Let me know what trends & styles you are loving in the comments or other fun ways to style. Mata ashita! また明日  x SLS

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DRESSEDUNDRESSED

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Amazon Fashion Week Tokyo kicked off with a surreal, installation style show from DRESSEDUNDRESSED by Japanese designer, Takeshi Kitazawa.

The show theme was EVIDENCE & it was showcased in an interrogation / line up style. The styles are very adrogenous & all the models in this show were men! It goes to show that the line is for everyone & really breaks molds. Each model came out in pairs, one in black & one in white to demonstrate duality, with the black representing a shadow.

That said, there were a lot of neutral tones: think black, tan, & white. The styles were classic updates on menswear with strong silhouettes that can be worn on everyone. I especially loved the shirt that was sheer at chest level – it was unexpected but also played with your imagination.

Key trends: tailored shorts with suiting; socks with shorts {I especially like the nude socks with the black shoes}; utility styled shirts; modern structure & tailoring; monkstrap shoes; neutral tones

where to buy: list of stores here

how to apply to your own closet: pair oxfords with socks and shorts; throw a blazer on over a tube top & wear it draped on one shoulder; mix black & tan items

My favourite looks:

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AOI WANAKA

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Aoi Wanaka, by Japanese designer Aoi Wanaka, was launched in 2018 & debuted for the first time with her 2019 S/S collection last October. Aoi Wanaka is a designer you will want to keep an eye on.

The theme to this show was “Holiday Reward” & everything was easy to wear & relaxed. Think lots of flowy pants, cozy layers, & hands-free accessories. Lots of belt bags either as a harness {LOVED LOVED LOVED THIS} or worn across the torso. As far as colour schemes: charcoal grey; navy; ivory; tan; white; with a pop of red!

The set was all black, with white flashing lights & electronic music. I found it a nice contrast with the relaxed nature of the clothes. In fact, the contrast was strong: think conservative cuts with sex appeal {cozy knits with a peek of skin in an unexpected place or the harness bags over turtlenecks}. There’s also the contrast between feminine styles with an added edge: long leather gloves with a sleeveless, sneakers with breezy pants or suits; floor length silk dress or adding a harness over a suit, or a maxi skirt that looks like a trench coat tied across the waist.

Key trends: long sleeves, strong necklines &/or shoulders; flowy relaxed pants; unexpected layering; hands-free bags, suspender styling either as an accessory with bags or part of the pants; ankle emphasis

where to buy: Dreams on Air

how to apply to your own closet: when wearing flowy pants, tuck part of it or all of it in an ankle boot; elbow length gloves with sleeveless tops; sneakers with suits or the flowy pants; & my personal favourite: layer a white button down shirt under a hoodie.

My favourite looks:

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FUKUSHIMA PRIDE by JUNKO KOSHINO

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Junko Koshino, born in Osaka, is a well-regarded designer with work all over the world. On top of her impressive fashion resume, she also designs costumes for the Opera {with many awards for best costume design} & a member of Culture and Education Commission for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Fukushima Pride is a collaboration with traditional Fukushima crafts with the theme being “Extreme Contrast”.

Looks included bustiers with mountain grape vines, dresses made with local silk, bold silhouettes with a mod touch. The line celebrated Japan & classic feminine silhouettes

Key trends: bustiers & waist emphasis paired with flowy bottoms; mod 60s style mini dresses with gloves; classic shapes & colour combinations, strong modern lines

how to apply to your own closet: mix black and white & play with layers – pair a mini dress with a flowy jacket; pair bustiers with a flowy maxi skirt; try fabrics like vinyl

My favourite looks:

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JENNYFAX

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Shueh Jen-Fang is a Taiwanese designer who studied in France prior to moving to Japan in 2006. She launched JENNYFAX in 2011.

The line is playfully girly & eclectic with lots of prints, colours, & character. She joined forces with Lotta Volkova {styling at Vetements & Balenciaga} for styling on this show, as well as her 2019 S/S show.

The models had their hair down & long, and walked to classical music in a venue with a glass spiral staircase & coloured lights. Each of them were wearing striped stockings of various colours

Her 2019 A/W line boasts lots of colours: specifically pastels & prints like gingham & lace. Lots of pattern mixing & colour mixing and girly details like chiffon ribbons.

The layering was also unexpected – think shorts & skirts pulled so low to exposefull coveraged underwear attached underneath, or lace dresses sewn on at the bust level. Another standout piece was a white blazer playsuit that had all the right hemming, strong shoulders & a plunging neckline

The show ended with a stunning wedding cloak, paired with pastel purple ribbons & flowed beautifully like angel wings

Key trends: pastel lace & candy stripes; acid wash denim; balloon dresses; low waist showing full coverage underwear; sheer lace with bright knits; strong shoulders & hemlines;

how to apply to your own closet: mix pastels & patterns; buttondowns under lacy slip dresses; incorporate more acid wash denim; blazers as dresses with low necklines, & for the more adventurous: attach full coverage underwear wanting to be seen over extra low rise bottoms.

My favourite looks:

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THE Dallas

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THE Dallas was established in 2006 by Japanese designer Fumie Tanaka. THE Dallas is a women’s ready to wear brand that’s feminine with a hint of sex appeal.

The show took place in a French restaurant and as soon as the show started, the music went from classical opera to more electronic. A contrast mixing the classic with the modern which was shocased in the clothes as well as the location.T

Everything was styled & layered perfectly: flowy, sheer dresses paired over bright floral prints {also loving the idea of this with the cherub print that’s trending these days}, pantsuits were paired with leopard & snakeskin; bright blues were mixed with deep reds.

The jewelry was strong too. A standout piece was a gold chain necklace that was attached to both ears as a necklace. That is a look that goes with any outfit, neckline, & hairstyle and makes one major statement.

Key trends: feminine layers, leopard & snakeskin accessories, color mixing, bold jewelry, blues & reds, streetwear with a feminine vibe, strong shoulders, classic modern contrast, floral prints

how to apply to your own closet: mix blues & reds together; add a pop of snakeskin or leopard print to an otherwise neutral look; layer sheer fabrics over floral prints; mix leather with feminine fabrics like chiffon or silk

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tiit tokyo

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tiit tokyo was established in 2101 by Japanese designers Sho Iwata & Hiroshi Takizawa. tiit tokyo is a women’s ready to wear line based on the concept “Imagined Dream of Daily Life”. The line is feminine with gorgeous colours & materials.

Their show told the story of walking the rainbow at night and represents all the people who makeup this world. It should also be noted that this was the first season to include male models.

The models walked down a rainbow runway & the show featured lots of colour. Neon footwear was on trend here & it would be paired with an head to toe neutral outfit for a pop of colour. The prints were bright watercolours, argyle with pops of neons, & lots of cobalt blue, jewel tones, tan suedes, & white accents. If anything was a neutral colour, there would be neon accents. The pants were breezy & flowy with a lower rise, making a causal white tee look chic & effortless.

Key trends: bright watercolour prints; colourful knits; neon shoes; pops of neon {especially with tan}; breezy, low rise pants; white sneakers with suits / jeweltones

how to apply to your own closet: neon shoes with a neutral outfit; white sneakers with suits, heels with a polished athletic co-ord, layer a suit with a hoodie in all the same colour; mix pops of neon green with nautral khaki; an oversized tee tucked into wide leg, low rise slacks.

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