Denim Highlights, Tokyo Fashion Week, Part 1

We’ve been scouring the recent Tokyo fashion week images for denim inspiration and will bring you eight of the best designers: four today and four tomorrow….


Launched in 2004, Factotum is a Japanese menswear label known for its military and “working man” styling. Like many Japanese brands this season, outdoors themes were the main focus with a snowy setting and wintery backdrop to set the mood. Denims came light and bleached down with classic 5-pocket shapes tucked into boots and a new kick-hem carrot shape emerging. Outdoors utility shaped a stone-colored vest and chore coat with traditional tobacco top-stitch and riveted pockets. Layered sheepskin, mohair and  plaid cemented the collection in its layered, Arctic setting.


Designer of Phenomenon, Big-O, delivered a street-ready, wearable runway of casual basics for F/W 12. This well-edited sportswear collection melded European tailoring influences with American ski and outdoors-wear and just a dash of Japanese eccentricity. Rigid and one-rinse denims came in modest carrot fit and cuffed silhouettes and pieced jackets melded denim with variegated stripe woolens. Camo prints and leather-blocked bombers gave the collection the street cred Phenomenon is known for.

Fur Fur

Koichi Chida is the creative lead behind the quirky and eccentric women’s label, FurFur. Throughout the large 40+ look collection was a smattering of total denim looks that melded the ordinary with the extraordinary and played with silhouette, preportion and…. well, strong prairie themes! Draped Tencel denim pants and shirts came with pin-tucks, ruffles and lace piecing. Cropped carrot fit jeans were styled with pussy-bow necklines, and a pretty smock dress was the denim centerpiece of the show.


Fresh off the runway, the Facetasm F/W 12 collection played outdoors themes and bold print and pattern for men. Designed by Hiromichi Ochiai, the collection stayed true to the brand’s signature heavy layering, mixing leopard prints with plaids, blanket stripes and even a utilitarian workwear apron. Denim came in the shape of deconstructed seam jeans, denim kilts and layered jackets under denim trimmed blankets. The result was grungy streetwear meets mountaintop survival.

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