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The clothes featured in this part of the show ranged from casual street wear to semi-formal dresses, but my impression was that in general they were realistic – meaning realistic in designs and in price, as is the show’s theme. But before continuing with the flow of the show, let me throw in a brief comment on the overall trend tendency.

 
For this was a show that focused on winter this year it naturally brought forward this winter’s trends, and the most conspicuous was the coordinates using leggings. Leggings of one king or another ranging in colors, lengths and details, combined with long knits, skirts (even knee-length skirts), and pants. Although it is not brought up in magazines as largely as leggings, patterned and colored tights continuing from the last couple of winters also proved to be fashionable this winter.

 
       
                 
 
The other item that stood out as much as leggings and tights was also a “leg” item, boots. Fashion boots are crucial must-haves for women in Japan from grade school to middle-age generation, and the trend in boots shapes and styles for especially teens through thirties change every year: one year the soles are an inch thick, the other year the toes are squared, the next year the toes are pointy… tight, loose, pin heels, thick heels, long, short, black, camel, brown… Anyway, the one in trend this year are the so-called riding boots aside from the “bikyaku” boots (=beautiful legs: boots that make your legs look skinny and long) which are always popular. Whether combined with girly dresses/skirts or blue jeans, short pants or office wear, leather boots that settles comfortably around your legs with flat and thick heels are in.

Short pants (knee, above knee length) are not entirely new to the fashion scene but I could see that the designs are evolving with all kinds of details being added. Those made with fabric that gives a bit of formalness can also be worn to office (well, depending on your office) and the way you wear them is really your choice whether you want to make it casual or not.
 
Going back to the show – the show went on to the next part, a mini talk show on SoftBank’s new models of mobile phones. Five fashion models each with different brand new mobile phones appeared on the stage. For men also but even more so for women, the appearance of mobile phones are as important as what they wear. Mobile phones are part of fashion. The new models for SoftBank this winter included several versions of glittery phone with Swalovsky crystal decoration, not to forget the featured “one-seg” phones.
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After the models have left save one, two more came in and the three of them plus the talk show host talked about the <Omotesando akarium> eco-friendly projects wrapping up the talk show.
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Photo Top: models each carrying new models of Softbank mobiles
Photo Bottom: From left - Sakurai Yumi, LIZA, Kato Natsuki
 
<warmbiz collection>
As the lights went down again the show restarted with the . “Warm Biz” is a term that emerged last winter as a sequence of “Cool Biz”, a governmental environmental project which attempts to reduce CO2 exhaust by dressing coolly/warmly and refraining from overusing the AC. Therefore, the <WARMBIZ Collection> featured coordinate tips for clothes you can wear to work.
 
       
                 
 
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