New York Fashion Week may be two weeks away, but Chelsea’s Altman Building, the popular fashion show venue, was already abuzz last night, thanks to JETRO, which hosted a special reception and runway show to kick off the second edition of Japan Fashion Week in New York.

Making their American runway debuts were 10 Japanese brands including Mint Designs, whose printed plastic sheath-dresses closed a succinct show that showcased everything from body-con silhouettes and inspirations (G.V.G.V. and Ato) to new American sportswear for guys (Satoru Tanaka), architectural silhouettes reminiscent of Narciso Rodriguez (Lep Luss) and couture (Somarta and Ylang Ylang).

Other designers involved in this season’s exhibition of Japanese brands, installed at retailers such as Theory, Opening Ceremony, Aloha Rag, Destination N.Y. and Tribeca Issey Miyake, along with 45rpm and Kinokuniya, through Feb. 1, include Hidenobu Yasui, Matohu, Tiny Dinosaur, Mercibeaucoup, Ne-net and Sunaokuwahara.

The next edition of Japan Fashion Week in Tokyo is scheduled to run from Mar. 23-29 in Tokyo’s midtown, Harajuku Quest Hall and various venues.