Innovation and Avant Garde are what I anticipated the most with the Japanese fashion scene. There are Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto and Rei Kawakubo. For the Mercedes Benz Tokyo Fashion week, I was given the privilege to witness Motohiro Tanji's collection of sculptural knitwear.
I have never seen such inspiring collection of knits and I was mesmerized by his unique approach to clothing construction. Motohiro Tanji indulged his talent for knitwear with an abstract collection filled with intricate, interesting, three-dimensional knit textures.
Each of his pieces was like a piece of art. It took a great self-restraint to not take a closer look at the beautiful pattern. Meanwhile he also kept his styling relevant to the current trend from the asymmetrical hem to the wide leg denim.
It comes as no surprise that Motohiro Tanji's work is made in Japan, as it clearly reflects the high level of skill needed to craft such intricate pieces. I struggle to think of other places that are as advanced in technology, while still being deeply devoted to mastering the fine arts.