Last week, while the rest of us were still recovering from fashion month trending at tokyo fashion week, Tokyo Fashion Week had its biggest season yet. The schedule was packed, we saw tons of brand-new designers, and there was no shortage of the wild looks we’ve come to expect from the Japanese capital. Tokyo is thousands of miles away from the more established New York, London, Milan, and Paris show circuit, and sometimes the fashion feels even further removed. But there were a few trends that seem to be relevant in every corner of the globe—namely hoodies, shocking pink, and harnesses. We saw all three on the runway and on the streets, along with less surprising developments like shredded denim, motorcycle jackets, and streetwear .
As the world gets smaller, it will become even more important for editors, buyers, and fashion fans to pay attention to what’s happening in these international markets—even if it means more overnight flights! See all of Tokyo’s show here, catch up on the biggest trends below, and then check back for Vogue’s coverage of Seoul Fashion Week, which started yesterday.
Corsets were a consistent trend in Tokyo, likely a result of the corsets and lace-up details favored by the Kardashian-Jenner and Hadid sisters. But we were more surprised to see hard-core, BDSM-inspired harnesses, like the ballet-pink ones crisscrossing tulle dresses at Chika Kisada and Growing Pains’s military-inspired straps under camouflage parkas. On the street, chain-link harnesses felt a little like punk jewelry; one guy layered his over a denim jacket.
Pink was fair game for girls and guys in Tokyo, from the tutus at Chika Kisada to the men’s “millennial pink” (read: blush) knits and shirting at Sulvam. But it was the nearly neon shades that stood out most, like Akikoaoiki’s shocking pink parachute skirt and the daring magenta braids we saw on the street. Ujoh’s bright pink paisley skirt would make a convincing evening look, too.
Hoodies aren’t going anywhere—in fact, they actually seem to be gaining momentum in Tokyo. There were hoodies all over the streets (including a safety-pinned, grafittied one that should inspire a few DIY projects) and the runways, and in every variation. Discovered put a twist on corporate style with hoodies under jackets and pin-striped shirts; DressedUndressed’s hoodie was long enough to wear without pants; and Yohei Ohno cinched his hoodie dress with a satin bustier.
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