Monday, 21 May 2012


Written by Bianca Blades 

Although some may argue that sustainable fashion is an oxymoron, Akira's MBFWA presentation offered perhaps the closest semblance of ethical craftmanship at fashion week (alongside Roopa Pemmaraju and Jenny Kee).

Designer Akira Isogawa led each of his models onto the dais, with distinctly different themes displayed on the three platforms. I was met with a quartet of coy faux-brides wearing intricate gowns and marshmallow headpieces, before witnessing Akira's ode to orient textiles (complete with floral Japanese platform shoes).

Looking up at the final selection of models, I was reduced to the mental capacity of microscopic plankton, gazing mindlessly at the exquisitive ocean creatures floating above me. Soft, feminine textures were toughened with coral-like fibres that alluded to the sensual and mysterious power of sea coral (touch me if you dare).

The absence of easily marketable trends made way for an emphasis on tradition and gowns that bordered on costume design, played out by the vibrantly ethereal Akira characters.
As much as I appreciate making sense of things, I've learnt that the best shows are often the ones that aren't easily defined by a quotable season or style. If fashion is ephemeral, I'd argue that Akira has curated a delicate capsule collection that's whole-heartedly resistant to the necrosis of time.