The Tokyo Fashion Week in India project at WIFW offered a peek into the style sensibilities of both the countries
It was perhaps the most understated stall at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn-Winter 2012. Located at the corner aisle,opposite the FDCIs makeshift office,one could glance and tell that it had garments that were different from the range available at other stalls. In the midst of vibrant colours,patterns and bling,the clothes at this stall were pale,in muted tones. Be it the calculators or mobile phone covers,shirts,bow-ties,bags,jewellery and kimonos,at the Japan stall everything looked chic and well-finished.
Particularly pleased with the reception his jewellery brand e.m. got at the WIFW was jewellery designer Masayoshi Tobita. We are used to making delicate jewellery for women in Japan, he said,showing the 24-carat gold rings,a couple of millimetres thin,with designs ranging from hearts to flowers and teddy bears.
Designer and artist Hiroko Takahashi,who makes traditional Japanese kimonos albeit with a modern twist,also remarked,Culturally,Japan and India,have a lot in common,and its nice to see that women here respect their traditions be it in their attire,accessories,or even language. Back in Japan,everything is westernised so I try to give the kimonos a fresh look, added Takahashi.
From casual shirts made with wool,cotton and linen to flamboyant bow-ties and beautifully cut dresses,the Japan stall saw many buyers,especially women,gushing over the clothes and jewellery. Priyanka,one of the visitors at WIFW,ended up taking pictures of the jewellery and sending it to her boyfriend. I just want him to know my choice,in case he wants to pop the question, giggled the 20-something.