Designer Keisuke Yoshida is unafraid of change. A few seasons ago, during the 2016 Spring/Summer Fashion Week Tokyo, he caused a stir on the runway with what became known as the "Gamer Look". It was as if a video game-loving teenager had wandered onto the catwalk, and the look spread like social media wildfire. The portrayal of "regular" kids in a swank mode setting offered up a new approach to fashion. Not one to lean on past praise, however, Yoshida stunned fashion insiders the following year, in the 2017 Spring/Summer season, with an abrupt shift to mode clothing. Meet the powerful mind behind the unassuming smile and hear his refreshing take on the role of fashion.
Yoshida attended the fashion school coconogacco while still a college student, turning his graduation show into his brand's inaugural collection. Yoshida says the motivation to make clothes comes from his wish to help young people transform through their turbulent adolescent years. Join us backstage as he brings his vision to the catwalk.
Program host Harry Sugiyama visits the designer in his showroom for a first-hand look at his latest collection. Designer Keisuke Yoshida is going places. You don't want to miss it!
A much-discussed exhibition from Paris and New York made its way to Fashion Week Tokyo. Seventeen brands from around the world in apparel, accessories and lifestyle convened in a single venue. Go inside the exhibition, then join the Tokyo Fashion Award press conference to see which Tokyo designers are going global. And lastly, hear from two international experts in the fast-paced world of fashion!
Children of the discordance
Keisuke is someone who is always smiling.
His designs are often quite experimental and avant-garde, but people can't seem to get enough of it, and we're guessing his warm personality has something to do with it. Maybe people feel it in his creations.
Harry tried on an item from Keisuke's latest collection, which you'll see in the episode.
But off-camera, we found him trying on another! Lucky guy, having the designer do the fitting himself!
Ta-da! Here it is.
The design around the collar is so uniquely cool. Trench coats usually have an 'official' air about them, but the apple on the shoulder instantly gives it a silly, no, super-playful feel.
A simple accent makes the biggest statements.
Aside from this program, Harry also hosted the TOKYO FASHION AWARD press conference. Here he is taking notes when the spotlight is off of him and on the designers, making sure to catch what they're saying. This is an expression we don't often see from him.
The press conference went off without a hitch, and Harry poses with the winners and judges from the 2017 contest.
Is it us, or does he look just a tad relieved to you?
There was a small gift for the press at the conference.
Bread! Decorated with edible flowers. Even the bread is stylish!
It is a fashion event, after all.