In continuation of my Hello, Shibuya Tokyo post earlier on… I got to attend the Anrealage SS2013 fashion show that took place at the Red Dot Museum. And as if that wasn’t exciting enough, I even got a blessed opportunity to go backstage and meet the designer behind Japanese label Anrealage, Mr. Kunihiko Morinaga IN PERSON! To top it all off, I also got to fondle and paw at the gorgeous outfits in his runway collection. ZOMG, someone please toss a plush towel my way so that I can wipe up my drool, thank you.
Anrealage SS2013 collection is named “Bone”. I asked Mr. Morinaga a little bit about this collection and he shared that the dimensional boning is made of neon fabric tape. As for the cut-out patterns on other garments, those were achieved through lasercut. I really like the overall sculptural results and the dimensional boning adds a very architectural dimension to the dresses underneath.
I admit some of the outfits may be a bit costume-y for most and it’s gonna require cajones to wear this out, coz they will turn many heads. Practicality-wise, some of these outfits may also pose as a challenge. I mean, don’t even think of planning to sitting down when you’re wearing one of the protruding boning outer layer. The boning is flexible but stiff enough, sorta like the structure of a poufy cancan skirt sans all the organza and tulle. While it won’t actually cause much discomfort when sitting down, visually it probably won’t look as cool as when you’re just standing.
But hey man, gimme one of these Anrealage outfits anyday and I wanna rock it. :D
I’d look really good in this, wouldn’t I? :) :) :) You know this is totally right up my alley.
In keeping with Mr. Morinaga’s adherence to the concept of “God is in the details”, I saw first hand at how cohesive the “Bone” collection is and no detail was left unattended. Beyond the clothes themselves, many similar motifs and patterns were seen replicated on shoes and socks too. I particularly like the socks very much, as they are a bold and chic element (but unexpected, as most people probably may not accessorize through socks).
And if you look closely at the scribblings on the notes above, this attention to detail and cohesive styling were extended to accessories such as head pieces and earrings too.
There are many details which I appreciated very much upon viewing this collection up-close. I feel a strong affinity because one of my design professors in art school had the same doctrine of “God is in the details” ingrained in me from very, very early on. This, to me, is design holiness and I try to observe the same in my daily life as much as humanly possible. (I joke a lot about being OCD, but honestly what I mean is this concept of being sensitive to the supporting facets of objects/situations that most people often don’t pay any attention to.)
Now, on with the fashion show!
If you like what you see, keep an eye on this conceptual and creative Japanese fashion label via the Anrealage website. I have a feeling his next collections will be equally surprising and visually stunning. This fashion show was part of the Hello, Shibuya Tokyo presentation in Singapore and I will blog again soon about the other two fashion shows that I also viewed that day.
(Quick shoutout to my darling friend Evonnz: thank you so very much, babe, for sharing some of these pics with me. My camera FUCKING SUCKS for this kind of action-packed shots like runways. Ugh, I need to get a new camera soon.)