The iconic Omotesando select shop Wut Berlin proved its ability once again to not only be a trend-setter for the Tokyo underground fashion scene, but also the industry as a whole in its A/W 2012-13 presentation held on the 23rd of June within the tiled walls of the shop itself. The show itself that was staged by the Dinner groud led by Balmung and Bodysong, and set to the sound stylings of Flash and Roxi (aka Banzai and ilil) may have been as camp as Christmas, and dare I say it, fun, but it was a serious indication of how Japanese fashion can remain strong no-matter what challenges it may face and how it should reinvent itself. As ever the proceedings were helmed by the charismatic director of the shop, Yann Le Goec who bucked the norm of serious shows that dominate Tokyo Fashion Week, and actually dared to put on a show that was in equal parts entertaining and promotional.
You will have to wait for tomorrow for the review of the show itself, but before we move on to that I thought we would take a look at the individual looks and see which brands have been weaved together by Yann to create a genuinely original and cohesive style.
We start with an unusually haughty look from the unique and genderless blogger Joey Ma wearing Starstyling which conveniently literally titled the show.
A wonderfully austere and sombre coat from Vladimir Karaleeve.
A Rene Guskov ensemble that reinvents the head to toe print look that is big this summer for winter through the introduction of heavy padding.
An elegantly asymmetrical dress from PLOTZ .
I love the combination of the minimalist Sise with the voluminous Balmung in the above look.
Another winner from Singchin Lo’s brand PLOTZ.
Rene Guskov bringing a heavy dose of conventional masculinity to the proceedings.
The Mona Lisa dress from Daniel Palillo got a great response from the crowd on the night.
Bodysong looking as fabulous as ever on the catwalk – this is a brand for whom a dedicated catwalk show can’t come soon enough.
Andrea Crews with his own brand of French street style.
A stunning vest from Hui-Hui in a classic, but futuristic ensemble.
More Hui-Hui paired this time with Bodysong.
A Hui-Hui ensemble – you must be a convert by now.
PLOTZ meets Hui-Hui.
The ever-popular Anntian proving that draped simplicity can be very masculine.
Henrik Vibskov’s quintessentially deconstructed approach to conventional menswear paired with a scarf from Andrea Crews.
Nice to see the cassette cross being used as a nice reference to the interference prints in the Bodysong items.
Mikio Sakabe’s gloriously subversive anime knit.
A digital interference piece from Anntian this time.
Another Anntian acolyte.
I am sold on this skirt from Anntian – perfect.
Head to toe in Anntian’s next season core print.
Love this foil finished t-shirt from Starstyling
Jenny Fax meets Starstyling
Sioux looking brilliant as ever.
Starstyling matching the ruff in volume.
The final look of the night… A fitting finale.
The only man who should be occupying the throne – Yann Le Goec.
Stay tuned for our review of the show itself tomorrow, but if something has caught your eye then you can pre-order most of the work directly through Wut Berlin here, and yes, they do ship internationally.