Fashion events are journeys. I travel to other worlds and new stages and so must dress for every adventure. As Japanese Designer Kenzo Takada says: "Fashion is like eating, you shouldn't stick to the same menu." In keeping with that advice and my own love of variety, I wore my treasured Japanese pants, which were recycled from vintage kimonos, transitioning from retro to modern and from formal to informal. To highlight local Japanese Design and the importance of choosing and wearing handmade slow fashion, I wore the pants to ECO Fashion Week, here in Vancouver. Terry Sasaki, Artist/Designer and owner of the Sasaki Gallery where I bought the pants, took time for a quick snap before the runway shows.
Now, in these restricted times, I revisit Japan by going downtown to visit his gallery, not only for the Art, but also for the beautifully made clothing and accessories. My black silk crepe pants (Sachie Berry Canada) have a distinctive painted landscape on one leg, on the front and two smaller ones on the back of each leg. Japan comes toward you and captures your attention and then beckons you to follow.
When I look into my closet, I look for story, color, and places far and wide. The Japanese pants can be worn in any season, although I would never wear them with a puffy winter coat. Never! I would pair them with my cream colored wool coat, classic, dressy and enveloping. After all, white symbolizes peace and calm, much needed for a graceful entry to a seat on the runway.
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Colleen Tsoukalas is a retired teacher, interested in Education, Travel, Fashion, Art, Photography and Writing of all kinds. Since 2009, she has enjoyed blogging about local and international Designers, Artists, Writers and a whole host of interesting people she meets on a daily basis. The door is one of her favorite images. She relishes going out of hers and finding new ones to open. Variety is the spice of life.
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