(19 Oct 2017) LEADIN:
The veteran Japanese designer Hiroko Koshino is synchronising art with fashion on the catwalk in Tokyo.
Up-and-coming designer, Viviano Sue is debuting his flower-inspired creations in a bid to capture the circle of life.
Tokyo's top venues have been fitted with fashion runways for the Japanese capital's fashion week, sponsored by e-commerce company Amazon.
As in the past, designers from Japan and Asia are dominating the event's lineup - almost sixty designers are presenting their collections here this year.
Japanese designer Hiroko Koshino is showcasing this colourful and artistic collection.
Koshino says she often gets inspiration from her artwork or by her travels abroad.
She says fashion goes in cycles, styles often repeat themselves over the years, but there's always a need to make them fresh and adapt them to today's times.
"I like to paint and that's art, but from there ideas come out and I bring those ideas into my fashion, that's what happens with me," explains Koshino.
"Sometimes when I design clothes, I get inspiration for my paintings, it depends. But this year, I'd say art was my inspiration."
For the veteran Japanese designer, fashion is like bringing sculpture and art into the world of fashion.
"I wanted to make something that was different, a different form," she says.
"If you think of sculpture and art, I wanted to mix the two and bring these art forms out in fashion."
Koshino's new collection went down well with the Tokyo audience.
"It was a wonderful and dynamic show, I was so very impressed," says guest Yumiko Tomioka.
Fashion designer Viviano Sue is presenting his collection for the second time in Tokyo.
Tokyo-based Sue has an international background having lived in China, the US and Japan.
He draws on both eastern and western cultures as a source of inspiration.
Known for his avante garde fashion creations, this year Sue collaborated with a flower artist for his collection.
Many models are either carrying or wearing flower arrangements.
"The concept of this collection is about the life of flowers," explains Sue.
"Usually, you see the designers and artists do the flowers when the flowers are blossoming, but for me I wanted to do a circle of life from the beginning to the end.
"I like here and it was nice, and there's so many amazing people, amazing talent here.
"And it was such an honour for me to show in Tokyo Fashion Week and with other really, really talented designers."
Tokyo Fashion Week is held twice annually in March and October.
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