The 6 Japanese Brands Bound To Be The Next Comme des Garçons

Of all the fashion capitals in the world, Tokyo might be one of the most singularly special. It's home to a slew of game-changing, era-defining brands like Comme des Garçons, Issey Miyake, and Junya Watanabe. But, out of the swaths of designers, brands, and labels in Japan, only a tiny handful of up-and-coming designers seem to be on the radar of the international scene (Sacai and Toga are two prominent examples).

In a culture where trends regularly get pushed to the limits, the pursuit for aesthetic perfection can be obsessive, and innovation and tradition coexist, Japanese fashion can be pretty striking. However, due to certain shortcomings with international publicity and commerce, those outside of Asia can be woefully unaware of all the great things happening across the sea. Thanks to a recent trip abroad to visit Japan Fashion Week, we were able to see some first-rate talent up close and personal. Ahead, find six designers who showed in Tokyo who we're hoping will soon become household names.

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Anrealage — Cardigans that turn from stark white to patterned pastel under the sun's rays, dresses that compress and gather into totally different frocks at the dial of a button — if there was another evil-genius scientist of the Hussein Chalayan variety, designer Morinaga Kunihiko is it. This particular collection was inspired by "seasons," with clothing that release heat and preserve coolness, as well as fabrics that react to temperature by changing shape.
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Facetasm — Deconstruction is the name of the game here, and it takes a very special (and deserving!) sort of woman to pull off the piled-on, cut-up, all-at-once style put forth by Facetasm. Hiromichi Ochiai presented a men and women's collection that crossed gender lines and work/play lines.
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Sretsis — The Thai label has been gaining more notoriety of late, and its whimsical garden-party-meets-'80s-prom fall '14 collection was one of its strongest. Don't let the flowers, tulle, and ruffles fool you — Sretsis is more punk than precious.
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Onitsuka Tiger x Andrea Pompilio — Onitsuka is the Nike of the East, and the iconic footwear brand is known for collaborating with independent designers on apparel. Teaming up with Italian designer Andrea Pompilio, the collection of spaceman sportswear is stunning. Plus, as if to prove the athleticism of its sneakers, the models speed-walked at a breakneck pace down the catwalk.
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Ne-net — With a hodgepodge of cartoon prints, schoolgirl dresses, and terrifying, Sideshow-Bob-backcombed hair, Ne-net is like a childhood dream-turned-nightmare. The brand is backed by Tokyo powerhouse Issey Miyake, so you know it's destined for great things.
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A Degree Fahrenheit — In certain areas of Tokyo during clockin'-in and clockin'-out times, nearly every person on the street wears a trench coat. A Degree Fahrenheit had a clever, artistic take on the salaryman's uniform, and presented a strong collection of soft, sculptural, neutral dresses and separates for work (and after work).
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