Akiko Ogawa Fall 2008
Where & When: Saturday, February 2nd at 9 p.m. in the Salon, Bryant Park
Runway Recap: If I were to summarize this show with one phrase, it would be "business in the front, party in the back." No, there were no mullets to be seen, but Ogawa's sharply tailored jackets and voluminous gowns often erupted in exaggerated peplums, bustles, ruffles, and general clumps of fabric as the models turned back down the runways. There were also several pieces with hologram fringe, which added to the madcap feel of the collection. All a bit odd, yes, but the designer is Japanese; picture these looks on the streets of Harajuku and it all begins to make sense.
Standout Look: For those of us who don't rock the Japanese-street-fashion look, the layered chiffon cocktail dresses with Swarovski crystals make for fun party frocks.
Bonus Points: The shoes in this collection were stellar, especially the chunky platform motorcycle boots. Want. Them. Bad.
Where to Buy: Somewhere in Japan, perhaps?

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