Mercedes Benz Fashion Week – Monday’s Highlights from Tokyo

HIROKO KOSHINO

DESIGNER PROFILE: Born in Kishiwada City, Osaka, Koshino received the first prize of the design competition sponsored by the Nippon Designers Club while studying at the Bunka Fashion College, Tokyo. In 1964, she opened the first haute couture store in Shinsaibashi, a prime location in Osaka, and since 1977 she has presented her collection in Tokyo until now. Her sensational debut in Europe was in 1978, when she participated in the Alta Moda in Rome as the first Japanese designer. For 10 years from 1982, she was engaged in the Paris Pret-a-Porter Collection, and ever since then has been invited to present collections in many cities around the world, as well as collaborating events with artists from other fields. She went back to the Paris Pret-a-Porter Collection in 2009, and with her experiences of exhibiting her art works during recent years, in 2011 she had the exhibition of both fashion works and art works in Paris. Koshino won the Mainichi Fashion Grand Prix in 1997, and the Osaka Art Awards 2001.

BRAND PROFILE: HIROKO KOSHINO is one of Japan’s representative brand and is highly appraised worldwide. 5 women’s ready to wear line, HIROKO KOSHINO COUTURE, HIROKO KOSHINO PREMIER, HIROKO KOSHINO, TRUNK, and HIROKO BIS, together counts 250 shops in Japan and overseas. The brand also offers various licensed line such as women’s wear for TV home shopping, small items including bags, purses, hats, men’s fashion items from clothes to bags , and daily items such as towels and tableware.

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FACETASM

DESIGNER PROFILE:

Born in Tokyo in 1977. Graduated from the Bunka Fashion College in 1999. Worked for eight years at the textiles company “Guildwork”, which mainly deals with domestic modes like COMME des GARCONS, Zucca, and UNDERCOVER, while working as an assistant at NGAP (artists that work on everything from Western clothing to furniture and interior). Launched his own brand “FACETASM” in the spring of 2007.

BRAND PROFILE:

Released collection at exhibition during 07S/S. Released for the ninth time at the 2011 Autumn & Winter.

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ATSUSHI NAKASHIMA

DESIGNER PROFILE:

After graduated from Nagoya Fashion College in 2001, Atsushi Nakashima entered New Lead Factory. He won the 20th Onward Fashion Grand Prix. and moved to Paris in 2004, scouted by Jean Paul Gaultier to work as his assistant.. From 2009, he has been in charge of a new diffusion line until he came back to Japan in 2011.

BRAND PROFILE:

Oct.2012 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week TOKYO ATSUSHINAKASHIMA 2013 SPRING SUMMER COLLECTION at Shibuya Hikarie. Won the 3rd DHL designer Award.

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More updates to come. Love, HauteAngel

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