The ninth Japan Fashion Week was held in late October at the Tokyo Midtown complex. This season’s figures are a lot more positive than last year with an official 21,794 (unofficial 15,311) attendees. The number of media present was 249 and most importantly there was a huge increase in international buyers from 19 last year to 125 this year.

The womenswear highlight was the Matohu collection. Designed by Hiroyuki Horihata and Makiko Sekiguchi, Matohu has made a name for itself by incorporating traditional Japanese techniques into modern, aesthetic apparel. The S/S 10 collection was influenced by ancient oribe pottery.

The menswear highlights were, as usual, found off-schedule. Koji Udo’s Factotum label gave an inspiring show that was inspired by The Beatles’ seminal “Sgt. Pepper’s” album. Military jackets, rich red checks and the paisley prints were all sublime.

—Paul McInnes