The invitation was the most intricate and ornate one I have ever received in the post. Please admire it in all its glory later.
My first thought was, “A kimono show at Fashion Week? Surely not.” But then again, why not?
On Wednesday, March 19th, Jotaro Saito presented his Autumn-Winter collection for next season, only five or so minutes behind schedule. He was the most punctual of the lot!
Live Japanese music was the order of the day, with a lovely taiko drummer who really had the most gorgeous arms. It was hard to focus on the clothes at all, in fact!
Elegant, black kimonos featured heavily, although a few were light grey with splashes of colour, and others were more muted pastels, but the one stunner that was my absolute favourite was the sole red one. I was quite surprised to see only one furisode, kimonos with the long sleeves, which usually only younger, unmarried women wear, but I suppose the shorter sleeves that are traditionally worn by older, or married women are more practical, and probably have a bigger market to cater for.
The female models wore their hair in smooth, chic, low buns, although I am a bit dubious about the two tone red and blonde hair he chose to complement the look.
The male models were quite lovely, and one of them, a silver-haired gentleman, even seemed to have a mini fan club. He was sporting a cheeky smile throughout his time on the runway, and when he got to the end, two ladies waved at him, and he chuckled a little. Well, who wouldn’t in the face of such adoration?
Many of the stylish people in the front row were wearing kimonos themselves, and Mr Saito is obviously super popular and enjoys celebrity status, as he was presented with bouquet upon bouquet of flowers, and a Snoopy plushie nearly bigger than he was! He foisted all of these upon his models, who ended up carrying most of the goodies backstage for him. He certainly had his hands full. It was the first time I’d seen anything like it at a show, I must admit.
And then as soon as the lights dimmed and the show ended, heaps of people went dashing off, presumably to the next show.
In case you would like more than my awful photos, you can see the professional shots in all their glory by clicking here.
I hope you are having a truly marvellous start to the week, darlings.