Those transfixed to the monotone menswear from the likes of Rick Owens and Ann Demeulemeester currently walking the catwalks of Paris would do well to look to events set to unfold in Tokyo later this month. The shows of Tokyo Fashion Week itself may disappoint those of dark tastes once you have thoroughly investigated the tailored world of DressedUndressed, but there is plenty of fashion just beneath the surface that is begging to be discovered. There is no place better to start (or continue) your journey into that dark realm than on the 25th of January at Candy in Shibuya where the store will be hi-jacked by the team at Babylon and some of the brightest lights of the Tokyo underground, as well as some welcome additions from abroad.
In terms of talent, it doesn’t get much better and I am sure that their collective talent is going to engulf the Candy space at Fake Tokyo for the length of their occupation which also marks the launch of a Zine curated by Babylon and featuring work from some of the aforementioned artists and designers. Appropriately in black and white the Zine aims to give a figurative voice to the darker side of Tokyo fashion and themed around gender identity through fashion.
Seeing the extensive list of unisex designers on the bill, that should make for a very interesting narrative:
If you are not in Tokyo then rest assured that we will be giving you our full report from the front line at launch and if you are of a dour disposition then we might even see you at the launch.
The list of participating brands and artists in full:
HAINO KEIJI × HANAYO
KOMAKINO × MATTEO GIORDANO
MOTE SINABEL AOKI
(UNUSED CUT FROM VISIONARIES)
NEON O’CLOCK WORKS
PH：SAYAKA MARUYAMAHAIR & HEAD PROP: TOMIHIRO KONO
DRAWING & MAKE-UP: TOMOHIRO MURAMATSU
LAITINEN × CHRIS VIDAL
REIN VOLLENGA WEARABLE SCULPTURE
PHOTOGRAPHY JONAS LINDSTRÖM
MODEL: MEGG MORALES @ PEARL MODEL MANAGEMENT
TEN BY NADIR TEJANI x PRIMITIVE LONDON
VISUAL BY RIYO NEMETH
BLACK TRIANGLE DESIGN × BUNGO TSUCHIYA