Sixh. Nine, IBI for the Ladies on March 31


by Kate Havas, Mio Nagasaki, posted June 11, 2012

On March 31 Sixh. designer IBI held a show of his ladieswear line, titled Nine. KERA magazine models Akira and Re:NO gave life to the new looks as they presented the show at Shinjuku’s Marui One.

Re:No was the first to emerge, her tarty makeup and platinum extensions overshadowing her clothes on first glance. She wore an off-the-shoulder dress with an asymmetric cut that gave it nice movement, the dark pattern subtly infused with gold. “Nine is about sexiness,” IBI said as she posed. “Long blonde hair really suits it; how do you keep your hair so nice?”

“I don’t think that’s related,” Re:NO answered, but admitted she irons her hair every night before bed to keep it straight.

Next was Akira, who exuded a boyish confidence as she wore an outfit that combined three discordant leopard prints. While the fitted jacket and skirt made an attractive silhouette, the fabric choices were distracting, especially when Akira turned and showed that the bondage straps on the back of the outfit were, inexplicably, hot pink.

“Akira, you usually wear men’s clothing, right?” Ibi asked, and the model agreed. “I don’t really wear skirts, but this isn’t a sweet style, so I can do it. Plus there are hot pants underneath!” She jokingly flashed the audience a glimpse of black spandex.

Re:NO returned in a lingerie-inspired purple dress with a sheer overcoat. The lilac scarf and feather brooch that accented the outfit worked well in the sexy-sweet color palette, though combining the ensemble with fishnets and over-knee boots pushed it into red-light district wear. Akira’s next outfit was more modest, perhaps too much so. The boxy shape of the dress made it resemble a fast food workers uniform, more unfortunate due to the lovely lilac color. The ruffled t-shirt beneath gave a much-needed hint of femininity and originality to the ensemble.

Re:NO’s final look was a casualandcool punk with tattered skirt, a short sleeved hoodie, and short purple arm warmers. The hoodie featured tails and aggressive graphics, the loud print standing out in the coordinate. When she removed the hoodie the delicate pink wings on the back of the shirt were revealed. She also had a key holder of the Nine logo, which Akira mirrored as a necklace in her last outfit. Her galaxy print parka with shades of rust-orange was a nice addition to the show’s color palate and when she removed it she showed her t-shirt was the sister to Re:NO’s, this time with purple wings. They finished to an enthusiastic round of applause from the fans.

Nine is a new venture for IBI, and while some ideas are in place for where he wants to take the ladies line, the coordinates presented were a mixed bag. While the individual pieces of the collection showed style and originality and would work well in other coordinates, the outfits as a whole weren’t convincing of a coherent vision for the line. It will be interesting to see if the ladies wear gets further development, or remains an afterthought as IBI focuses on Sixh.

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Kate Havas first became interested in Japanese fashion and culture in college when manga, anime, and visual kei were just beginning to make their way to America. An art and English major with a love of clothes, Kate signed onto ROKKYUU in order cover fashion and report on Tokyo trends, but was quickly also recruited to the music side of things and has been having an adventure expanding her knowledge of all things VK since. Follow her on twitter at keito_kate!

Mio Nagasaki is a freelance photographer lending her time, skills, and love for the genre to ROKKYUU Magazine.

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