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On the Road... Tokyo Calling... Posen's End Note...

DKNY's food fest... Valentino's latest exhibit... Tokyo runways alive and kicking... Zac's end note


TOKYO CALLING: Rei, Yohji and Junya may have defected to Paris Fashion Week long ago, but the Japanese runways are alive and kicking — albeit featuring designers flying way under American radars. On Tuesday, Japan Fashion Week aimed to change all that as the next round of shows approach Sept. 1 to 7. The organizers held a party at Aloha Rag on Greenwich Street in New York, bastion of those never-heard-of-labels. There, a crowd of downtown types said “aloha” to looks by emerging Tokyo talent, such as Ylang Ylang, Mercibeaucoup, Ato and Mikio Sakabe. Styles ranged from knits to outwear, and the collective ethos followed the Japanese masters’ quirky and avant-garde tradition.
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