And away we go! Global Fashion Collective has presented its first series of runway shows at Amazon Fashion Week Tokyo today. The atmosphere was electric with a lot of excitement surrounding the new international designers presenting in Japan for the first time.

GFC began proceedings at 3.30pm local time with a Cutting-edge and Art Couture theme. First up was local Vancouver based designer ALEX S YU, showcasing colourful and quirky unisex designs. With a sense of nostalgia, ALEX S YU takes us back to summer camp with playful ensembles featuring button-up shirts, shorts, and skirts. Denim, pinstripes, and pops of fluoro colour introduce a new age preppy feel to the runway.

LILLZKILLZ the latest winner of the Nancy Mak Award left us thunderstruck with her androgynous collection for line Profanity. Lillea Goian’s sense of rebellion shines through the pieces, with neon graffiti colours, zips, straps, and chains. Patent thigh-high biker boots and rainbow platform soles stomped down the Tokyo runway, creating a grungy edgy attitude.

Next, we presented a dark but girlish femininity from Chilean brand SAINT JESUS. For S/S 18, designer Maria Jesus Ponce has sourced inspiration from her father’s favourite rock musicians in a collection dedicated to him. White mesh fabric is layered over graphic text featuring band lyrics, and monochrome checked gingham is worn with fishnet sleeves. TWISTED ROSES is an alluring collection featuring ruffled shoulders and distinctive red accent colour.

Sam Stringer, another Vancouver native, has focused on metallic tones for her futuristic S/S 18 collection ‘Embers and Ashes’. In sumptuous silky fabrics, Stringer’s evening gowns take us to a Martian landscape with complementary colours in warm rust orange and pale silvery blue. Low necklines, ruching, and lacework created a sense of luxe on the Tokyo runway with Stringer’s custom use of couture structures and unique detail.

Finalising the matinee show we presented Kirsten Ley, with an avant-garde collection showing experiments with the female silhouette. Cinched-in waists, asymmetry, and opaque layers dominated the designs, with volume and texture formed by manipulated fabrics. A whimsical aura was created with the use of sheers in a selective palette ranging from pale white greys to deep dark blues.

Check back on the VFW blog to find out about the 8.30pm showcase with a unique mix of designers exploring the theme Contemporary Art and Pop Culture.

Words by Faye Cottrill

Images by Yoshi Okamoto