Last Sunday, I went to HANABI, a fashion event organized by Shuntaro Kurakake.
Shuntaro studied fashion design at Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts (Belgium), and Saint Martins School of Art (London). Upon his return to Japan and working for H&M as an expansion manager, he quickly discovered his interest for fashion business. With the interest to support young fashion and jewelry designers, he has organized, after only one year in Toronto, two fashion events (including HANABI) to showcase works from young artists.
After 4-5 months of hard work and a team of five leaders along with over 20 volunteers, HANABI was finally brought to us, with the collaboration of 13 designers, 9 musicians/bands, make up by Atelier May, hair by Hair Happiness, and many more.
Towards the end of our interview, Shuntaro left me on this intriguing statement: "With a team of young designers and artists, I wanted to create a fashion show that would be more experimental and innovative, giving a new perspective to the fashion world. You'll understand when you see it".
And was he right! The fashion show by Atelier Susumu was a pure work of art!
The designs, airy and loose, highly inspired by Japanese Kimono, were beautiful, with just enough lines to give a general aesthetic and frame to the body, but enough room for movement and comfort.
I also particularly loved those Tabi boots by CoolEastMarket. They were wonderfully with Atelier Susumu's collection.
The fashion show itself was simply out of this world! A collaboration with Japanese contemporary dancers, a cello musician, and a great team of young creative artists and models made it a pure pleasure not only to the eye, but all our senses. An experience of its own, making me realize how fashion show can be so much more! Simply brilliant!
I absolutely love my Hasselblad, which was a bday present from Qin ~ How lucky am I ! Due to its size and weight though, I haven't been using it much for my street fashion shoots. But honestly, the sharpness and gorgeous bokeh you get with it is just out of this world and I've decided to use it more from now on. For those of you who'd like to see what I'm talking about, take a look at some of the photos from my photoshoot for American Apparel fall collection HERE and HERE Denim shirt: Tokyo Shirt: Tokyo Sweater: Value Village Boots: Spring
Just Classy! Great way to take up a notch this simple sweater & jeans look with an oversized blazer and Chelsea boots. The green complements her hair color beautifully! Occupation: Capital markets Sunglasses: Oliver Peoples Sweater: Aritzia Jeans: Rag & Bone Blazer: Zara Boots: Top Shop Bag: Proenza Schouler ~ Reproduce her Look ~
Dear dear Galaxy~ How much I love you for your personality and our endless & fun conversations, but even more for your flawless style! I know I can always count on you to keep my blog afloat during days of bad weather when I can't go out on my regular photoshoot strolls :) Occupation: IT Hat: vintage Backpack: Urban Outfitters Knit cardigan: Club Monaco Blazer: Club Monaco Contrast shirt: Club Monaco ~ Reproduce her Look ~
All black with a touch of color with those leopard print loafers ~ Her look somehow reminds me of Chinese men in the 30's :) Knit Jacket: China Contrast button-up shirt: Zara Pants: Aritzia Leopard print loafers: Forever21
It has already been my 3rd trip to Japan within the last 3 months and I doubt I will ever tire of it. This country will never cease to amaze me~! Camera: Minolta X-7A + Asahi Super Takumar 55mm f1.8 Film: Konica Centuria 200