Saturday, June 20, 2009

Writtenafterwards A/W 09

Japan fashion week is really something special. Designers Yoshikazu Yamagata and Kentaro Tamai of Writtenafterwords reused and reformed paper, tape, wire, cardboard, and the usual textiles to craft these exorbitant roses. Other indistinguishable pieces more represented as walking sculptures stepped down the already avant-garde runway.

There is a divide; a curtain, between the western world of fashion and the eastern world of fashion. On the West, we have the original aspects of traditional fashion held high: fine materials, aesthetic value, and nothing too different. The West draws inspiration from the ideas and functions that worked previously. Perhaps a cause to this effect is the downfall of the Western economy (America). On the other side of the planet; the East, we have the strong idealism of reconstruction, excessive avant-garde, and more of an art than wearability factor. Look at Manish Arora. It's possible that the closest thing the Western world has to this is London fashion week. Both worlds of fashion support each other in a way. I couldn't pick a favorite if I had too!