>> I'm still in Tokyo full throttle mode - i.e. cramming in as much as possible in each day from breakfast to karaoke or surreal robot shows at night - so apologies for the blog slow down. I missed Tokyo Fashion Week that just happened last week but fortunately Style.com had proper coverage for the first time with hopefully the goal being that whenever I do drop names like Phenomenon, mintdesigns and Anrealage, they won't be completely unknown to the majority. To make up for missing the shows, I checked out some of the designer "exhibitions" - otherwise known as press/buyer showrooms and a chance to see the clothes up close in person. Facetasm's Hiromichi Ochiai has a penchant for fusing the street with the high end, taking elements such as hip hop bandana paisley or plaid shirts around the waist and exaggerating them until you end up with something that is far removed from its inspiration source. Seeing the S/S 13 collection entitled "Flavor", the thing that resonated the most with me was his use of coloured laces embroidered with a specially commissioned graffiti rendition of the word Facetasm. The graphics were created by New York artist NU-W and from afar, the irregularly curved lettering might as well be other decorative elements - florals, paisleys or any other random pattern. It's only up close that the contrast between the brash graffiti and the pretty lace really comes alive. Graffiti can look like a giant ball of 80s cliche when not employed with intelligence especially in the streetwear-influenced menswear and womenswear field, which Facetasm operates in. Judging by the other exhibitions that I saw, Tokyo once again comes up trumps when it comes to thoughtful choice of textures and fabrications and Facetasm's graffiti lace definitely falls into that category.