Tokyo Fashion Week highlights flower patterns, lace, gentle atmosphere

Floral patterns, lace and other pretty elements stood out at Tokyo Fashion Week for spring-summer 2016, reclaiming centre stage from the strong, mannish styles that had been in vogue for a while.

Held Oct. 12-17, the event highlighted new designs from 50 brands in Japan and from overseas.

Keita Maruyama's eponymous brand presented garments, including coats, with flowery embroidery at its show. Many items were in pastel colors, adding a romantic touch.

Maruyama's garments also strongly featured the brand's trademark Oriental flavor, incorporating Japanese patterns and worn in the show by models sporting kanzashi ornamental hairpins.

"I made my collection feminine with materials created in Japan," the designer said. Maruyama also said much of his inspiration came from Japanese classical literature.

The mintdesigns brand took gardens as its theme, featuring a dress with lines of pink flowers as well as ones with flowerlike motifs constituting of layers of striped and checked fabrics. It was the first time in five years for the popular brand to officially participate in Tokyo Fashion Week.

Elegant dresses with large flower prints by Hanae Mori manuscrit added colour to the brand's show. Designer Yu Amatsu produced the flower motifs by scanning real flowers with a three-dimensional scanner, saying, "I was able to express three-dimensional patterns with depth."

The garments were a fusion of cutting-edge technology and the graceful colors typical of Hanae Mori.

Christian Dada made great use of lace with flower patterns for its collection. A long lace skirt in turquoise blue had tucks to give it a wide hem and also look light. The skirt was coordinated with a T-shirt with hydrangea motifs to create a gentle mood, a departure from the brand's usual style.

DRESSCAMP also used lace, presenting a yellow two-piece outfit of a jacket and skirt. The brand's show lived up to its theme of sweetness, including a pink frill dress and a dress with small flower patterns.

Many of the new works by the beautiful people brand were light and graceful, including long see-through dresses, pleated skirts and wide pants with bottoms that looked like lace.