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In association with the Japan Fashion Week, “Tokyoeye” was a cultural exchange initiated by Japan's Ministry of Economic Trade and Industry that gave Indians an opportunity to view three Japanese designers' creations at Lakmé Fashion Week—Somarta by Tamae Hirokaro, Motonari Ono and Araisara by Sara Arai.


"I design what I think is cool and hence there is no message sent out. My designs are influenced by Gothic-Lolita fashion," says Motonari Ono who opened his Summer Resort 2011 showing at Lakme Fashion Week with a large-lapel balloon-sleeve jacket. He then moved on to pleated-hem sack dresses and double-breasted military poncho coats embellished with studs. What took the audience by surprise was his detour to a pleated frilled mini with a giant back zipper that was in fact the focal point of most garments! For evening, there were tasseled one-shoulder blouses, little black dresses and sheer tulip skirts following which the designer ended the showing with a black netted, embroidered ruffled dress. The impact of all those flouncy skirts, body-con dresses and trimmings—all-out glamour that certainly does not hurt his business! The audience relished every look. 


"I feel as though I need to lose weight after seeing this showing," remarked a fashion editor on exiting Tamae Hirokava's Summer Resort 2011 showing at Lakme Fashion Week. Fair enough. Hirokava did not abandon the body-con-loving clientele—the designer's aesthetic is young, confident and sexy—so why mess with it? We loved the way Hirokava served up more body-con looks than ever including a silver yoke black dress, abstract print belted shirtdress with black mesh leggings, blue lace leotard worn with a sheer mini and mother-of-pearl baby doll dress. It seemed as though the dresses clung to the curvaceous models. Hey the grey plisse butterfly mini and white layered, pleated asymmetric angel dress with take-no-prisoners silhouettes are not for anyone with a body that is less than perfect!


Opening the showing with a trio of maroon solid and print dresses—one with side drapes, a batwing belted mini and a princess line shift—Sara Arais added pastel prints on draped-hem cape dresses, sheer black cape shrugs worn over tubes, and white coachman capes. The grey maxi, batwing bubble dress and swimwear with black covers proved Arai's resourcefulness on the design board. The showing was not without its costume moments, chief among them a cutwork cocktail dress and multi-disc evening gowns in soft pastels.

— Jasmeen Dugal
Photographs — Press Kit

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