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TOKYO FASHION EXPRESS

Discover Japan's hottest fashion trends as TFX takes you behind the scenes to meet with Japan's leading designers and creators.

Aki Shibuya

Aki Shibuya was born in Japan but spent most of her school days in New York. After returning to Japan with a degree in Politics and East Asian Studies from Smith College, she built a career as a radio and television personality. Her ongoing radio show on FM Yokohama is in its 10th year. For the past two years she has been hosting Tokyo Fashion Express on NHK World. While she pursues her passion for dance, she also aspires to share her insights about Japan with the rest of the world.

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ON AIR SCHEDULE (UTC)

Mon.15:30 - 16:00
21:30 - 22:00
Tue.3:30 - 4:00
9:30 - 10:00

Mar. 9, Mon.

Showcasing Fashion from Around the World - 2015 Spring / Summer Trend Special

We take a look at fashion trends of the 2015 spring / summer season through the world's 4 major collections in Paris, Milan, New York and Tokyo. We also focus on the latest moves of Tokyo designers. This episode introduces the latest of fashion in Tokyo and the rest of the world.

Analysis of 2015 Spring / Summer Trends
The trends to take in masculine elements into women's clothing, which were seen until the last season, have vanished. Feminine styles filled the runways in the 2015 spring / summer season while being eccentric and novel at the same time. We analyze the season's trends using 3 key words: "70s Retro Chic", reminiscent of the hippie movement, "Military Girl", proposed through new perspectives with a feminine touch, and "Neo Japonism", featuring elements of Japanese culture such as katakana characters, anime and judo uniforms and sashes.

FOCUS: Stances of Tokyo Designers
The Tokyo fashion scene has a mix of differing tastes and directions - so much more than overseas cities. What are the stances of Tokyo designers this season? With Kaname Murakami, editor-in-chief of FASHION NEWS, we look at the latest works of Tokyo designers, including Kunihiko Morinaga of ANREALAGE and Daisuke Yokoyama of Sasquatchfabrix. The major trend is the simultaneous progress of "internationalization" and "versatility".

Big News from Tokyo, Asia's fashion trend-setter
-The Dior brand, led by artistic director Raf Simons, held a show in Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan arena last December. It was the brand's first show for the season held abroad. Neo-futuristic lighting added colors to the arena by paying respects to Tokyo. French actress Audrey Tautou and other celebrities gathered at the venue. We report on Dior's largest-level show held outside France.
-In October of last year, GUCCI's then creative director, Frida Giannini, visited areas hit hard by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan. The visit was part of the brand's efforts to help a project run by the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan to provide financial support to children in the affected areas. A workshop by a leather craftsman from Florence was also held.
-Popular Japanese photographer Mika Ninagawa launched her own fashion brand. While working actively as a photographer at home and abroad, she expresses her own vision of the world through her designs, using bright colors and flower motifs. We close in on her creations which are widely supported by women.

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