Acryl Closet’s Smashing Golden Week fashion Show

Fashion

by Seka, tara.christofes, posted August 8, 2014

On the last day of Golden Week, Acryl Closet held a fashion Show and mini live at Shinjuku New Japan. The venue was the perfect setting for a dramatic fashion show, complete with plush couches for the guests to admire the clothing from and a brightly lit, mirrored catwalk to deliver the view.

The show was split into two sections with a performance by Kokusyoku Sumire between the two halves. There was a theme of combining red, white, and black, making for some really interesting designs in both the fashion-forward office wear and casual-wear departments. Each outfit seemed to build on the last, starting off simply but culminating in different styles to eventually create a variety of coordinates. As the models came down the catwalk to blindingly flashing lights, showing off the clothes, there was a definite hush of awe among the audience.

In the first half of the show, the clothes had a fabulous, retro feel. While the color scheme stuck to mostly black and whites accented with reds, there were several more neutral color choices as well in creams and a soft pink. A few dresses had a mod or sixties look  such as one in cream with a short hemline and an empire waist. There was one top with a free flowing, flower child vibe which was paired with short shorts. These two pieces are a perfect example of how the collection could seamlessly go from day to night. Another outfit went back even farther into the fashion past with a corset and white blouse with skirt, reminiscent of old film noir and 30s fashion styles.

The range of outfits was varied and stunning. While some had a more professional look, others were whimsical. A one-shoulder jumper and shorts outfit was playful and youthful with a black polka dot design, while a blouse with tuxedo tails paired with a black skirt showed the professional contrast. These were followed by several pieces featuring a  delicate print of hot air balloons on cream backgrounds found in bouncing blossom-bottom skirts and shorts. Another standout piece was a very cool bubble dress made out of a newspaper print and cinched at the waist with a corset.

In contrast to the western looks which had come before, a black maid dress with a corset of deep red covered in black lace had more of a Japanese subculture style. The corset was lovely and subdued inn style though, the red popped beautifully under the black. This was followed shortly after with a black and blue version of the same outfit, equally brilliant.

The extravagance continued with skirts with prints of paintings—a recent trend that the designers here accomplished with aplomb. An empire waist one-piece dress featured a lovely print of Fall scenery worn with a cool jacket. Another had a gorgeous renaissance painting printed onto the skirt which, when matched with a white corset and a sweet blouse with puffed sleeves, gave a romantic feel that complemented the period of the painting.

As the last of the models left the catwalk and the lights dimmed, the musical duo Kokusyoku Sumire came out wearing red, black, and white dresses in a sailor style. True to their style of music, the two women looked like beautiful yet haunting dolls as they took to the stage. Their short performance was strong and powerful, beginning with  two upbeat and exciting numbers and followed by a haunting tune entirely in French. This  subtle and eerie piece was accompanied only by the plucking of violin strings. The final song was a strange composition of beeping and space sounds which was yet again fast and upbeat but also charmingly eccentric.

After the musical interlude, the show continued. This second half had more of a Japanese street style to it with a lot of sailors, maids, and nurses coming out in a color scheme that matched the musical duo. The sailor-inspired items included sailor tops paired with drop crotch or bondage pants while one of the maid outfits was both creepy and fantastic with thick, black stripes and little bows. Bows were popular within this set and one outfit even featured another sailor top with bows on strings that was worn with bondage pants. Some reflection of the fashions in the earlier half of the show was evident here as well in an A-line dress with black and white tights and a bow tie as well as use of polka dots.

A short section of the show featured open mouths printed on t-shirts, styled with different jackets, pants, and skirts. The mouths—reminiscent of the Rolling Stones—captured the wildness of rock and roll variation was even exhibited in the prints with some lips opened wider than others. Worn with skinny pants, shorts, or even cargo pants, these shirts were a cool addition to the collection.

After the very casual rock and roll style, skirts and dresses came back in full force. Some were equally as casual as the preceding outfits such as a black t-shirt style dress with a looped hem. Others offered more elegance such as a more sophisticated print dress with an empire waist or a silky dress accented by a grungy jacket featuring the mouth motif on the back. These were followed by a hooded cape and a long, dark, darted dress.

Toward the end of the show, there were some bolder pairings and prints such as a pair of  distressed button-down shorts and a jacket with a rooster and clock print. A text-print suit was paired with low, drop-crotch pants and a scoop necked shimmery silver top with a hint of gold around the neckline. Cats were also a feature of the prints, showing up on tights and shorts and on a hooded jumper with cat ears. One of the models really got into the cat persona and hissed at the audience as she showed off her outfit and claws.

The end of the show saw more of this distressed design. In skirts and shirts there was a lot of work put into the perfect shredded of the clothes. White cotton ruffles, distressed hems, and a pair of Capri pants with a cute ruffled top were featured in several coordinates. The last outfit—a holographic tube top with a sheer shirt worn with an elegant and dramatically sweeping skirt—combined heavy and light elements to complete the show on a powerful note.

It was an impressive display full of variety and inspiration. With a final sweep of all the models in their last-worn outfits, the designers came out and took a bow, rightfully proud of their amazing work.

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Seka is a freelance photographer who started her activities in 2009 by making exhibition in her own country. Interested by Japan since her childhood, she got the chance to take pictures of several bands in Tokyo since 2012 and is still trying to do her best to take more and more better pictures to make everyone feel the atmosphere of those amazing concerts.

Tara Christofes was a Japanese major from America. After coming to Japan with the JET program years ago, she teamed up with a friend to become one of the only foreign doujinshi circles in Japan. She love lolita and aristo fashions, cooking, and manga. You can follow her on twitter, @shigeruhiko.

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