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Sunday, March 26, 2006

Japan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 06-07

Thoughts and images from fashionistas

With JFW distinctly short on overseas visitors, five foreign fashionistas who were there offer their thoughts and images of the flagging event:

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Jason Campbell, editor in chief of online magazine JC Report:
"There's so much amazing stuff happening here on the Tokyo fashion scene, but what you see in the tents doesn't seem as inspired as what's on the streets and in stores."
Jennifer Shi, co-owner of Taipei boutique Dragonfly:
"Travel expenses are high for foreign buyers like us, so five or six days is about the maximum we can stay. It's a shame because many talented designers are showing next week and we're going to miss them."

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Nathan Shanahan, photographer:
"I don't really have much of an opinion about fashion to be honest, but the fact that the whole event is now held over just five days makes my job a whole hell of a lot easier."
Philomena Keet, researcher at Kyoto University:
"You can't expect Japan's new attempts at a fashion week to equal the major fashion capitals, but so far neither the clothes, parties or venues are spectacular enough for international credibility."

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Misha Fleming, stylist:
"The total lack of buzz or excitement isn't doing JFW any favors. No one is hoping for the circus of say, NY fashion week, but a little kick or spark to get editors to use more ink on the event would be something I'd like to see."

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