Now that Fashion Week Tokyo is over, let’s take a look at what Japanese designers are offering!

1.  BLACK x WHITE

The whole week was dominated by black and white, with some occasional neutrals and pops of colour. All white looks, all black looks, black and white colour blocking, black and white geometric patterns, you name it. Practically every brand presented at least one black and white look.

2. BRIGHT COLOURS

If you’re not into black and white, worry not! These fun and mostly girly outfits definitely stood out at the shows, and they can make you stand out from the crowd. There are many ways to interpret this trend. You can wear one bright colour head to toes. You can mix a few similar shades. You can even go for contrasting colours and or fun prints.

3. RED

There was one bright colour that stood out. There was so much of it in almost EVERY COLLECTION that it deserves its own category. From extravagant all-red outfits, to red accessories, to subtle red lipstick – red definitely dominated over all other bright colours.

4. GEOMETRY

Geometry at Fashion Week Tokyo took many forms, from printed stripes and dots, to colour blocks, to square-shaped garments. The results varied just like the clothes.

5. CHECKS

From tartan to windowpane to houndstooth, checks were everywhere. No surprise here. They are, after all, an autumn and winter staple. Tokyo streets were full of houndstooth coats two years ago. It’s time to get them out of the closets again!

6. DENIM

Denim is the fabric that just keeps reappearing this season, and for a good reason. It’s simple, effortless, and chic. It never goes out of style.

7. MIXED TEXTURES

Designers have always loved to mix and play with textures. The most important pair of this season is a thick wool sweater with either a lace or tulle skirt peaking from underneath. Other combinations are possible, too, so get creative!

8. OVERSIZE

Wearing clothes your own size is so last year. Now it’s all about loose forms, extra long sleeves, and coats that could hide an entire family.

9. EUROPEAN ETHNIC

Some designers took the sources of their inspiration quite literally. Like Tokuko Maeda from TOKUKO 1re VOL, who basically copied traditional Polish outfits. Some were more subtle, adding an embroidery here, a poppy print there. Some went for a generic rustic look with flaring skirts and gingham. Yuki Torii even made one of her models wear a big cross resembling those of Catholic priests. The results were as varied as the sources of inspiration.

10. GOTH/ROCK

This is a rather vague category, in which I subjectively put those outfits that made the gothic lolita and bangya parts of my heart skip a bit. Generally, at this season’s Fashion Week, there were a lot of corset-like wide belts, leather, black lace, and blood red garments. And all of that made me very happy.

Which trends are your favourite? What do you hope to see more of in the streets? Which trends would you rather not see? Let me know in the comments!

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