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Monday, July 11, 2011

Kimono to Kawaii: Japanese Fashion New York Style - Day 1!

On the first day of Kimono to Kawaii: Japanese Fashion New York Style we dove head first into the fascinating, surprising, and always fun world of Japanese fashion! The students met with and had a presentation by Nichi Kashihara, the owner of Madame Killer, New York's first Japanese street fashion boutique (Madame Killer), and organizer of the Japanese Fashion Festas in New York City and Sao Paulo, Brazil (check out a video of the highlights: Tokyo Fashion Festa NY).

Nichi Kashihara of Madame Killer gives a presentation on Japanese street fashion.

In just a few short weeks the hit fashion show is taking Sao Paulo, Brazil!

Then, after a delicious lunch of onigiri (rice balls) from Oms/b (Oms/b), the students watched and took part in presentations by Melissa Marra-Alvarez, the workshop's leader and Jen Green from Gina Group (Gina Group), who gave us an introduction to the fascinating world of Japanese legwear and "nail art."

Japanese nail art - how's a girl to type with nails like that??!?

Tomorrow its off to the boutiques! But first, here's a little inspiration for the road!

From Comme des Garçons' line for H&M