Sixh. Opera Galaxy Android at Harajuku Astro Hall


by Diana Tome, Mio Nagasaki, posted May 13, 2012

Sixh. pulled off another innovative and explosive collection at a fashion live show that was enhanced by the participation of a variety of well-known figures from the VK and fashion scenes. Harajuku’s Astro Hall hosted the event, h.Naoto clad men and women making sure to attend the hot evening in hopes of getting their hands on some exclusive pieces.

Black was the unifying color for the new collection, accented with white, silver, pink, and sapphire blue patterns that shone as they adorned the asymmetric pieces and light fabrics. Zippers, dangling cords, and silver chains were topped by intricate patterns that included butterflies, constellations, and IBI’s usual tribal patterns.

The designer was the first onstage, walking slowly and robotically, a black hood covering the upper half of his face for a dramatic look. The long jacket he wore was adorned by silver prints made up of stars and constellations, over which butterflies flew freely.

A female joined him, taking her spot behind the keyboard. Walking slowly to the mic, IBI let his voice embrace the hall in a dramatic number with an electro beat and gothic influences. As the musical number turned to improvisation, models took the runway, stalking dramatically. Matenrou Opera’s bassist Yo was the first, gold prints standing out over his black, fitted ensemble.

The first segment came to a close and IBI left the stage. Pictures of the designer and his collection flashed over the back wall, blue lights engulfing the venue before the rhythm built up with fiery piano notes. Returning to the microphone, the designer now wore a light-blue printed jacket over black gothic trousers with dangling cords and flowing fabrics that resembled a skirt. The song continued with the keyboardist helping with backing vocals for a strong combination.

The different types of prints were skillfully mixed, different layers giving the pieces a light and floating touch that was made more potent by the universe-themed prints and flying butterflies. Considering the dim lights and dramatic electro music, it seemed as if the hall had been transported to space, IBI’s voice surprisingly clear and strong. The song died and the pictures returned to the screen, tribal drums pounding slowly as the models kept coming. For the female rocker, the looks included puffy extra-mini-skirts, t-shirts with bared shoulders, and shiny butterfly prints in pink and purple.

The rhythm sped up to a heavy electronic beat. Black and gold were the dominant adorning colors, with pink, purple, and light blue offering a fresh and lighter option for spring. Gradually, the models became more confident, moving smoothly across the stage as they adopted dramatic poses.

Exist Trace’s guitarist Miko was one of the night’s special guests. She moved around the catwalk flashing friendly smiles and was clad in a short, multi-layered black skirt and sleeveless top in a cute-punk look.

AYABIE’s Intetsu and Umi from Vistlip also made an appearance, representing different looks for the collection. While IBI impersonated the rock hero, Intetsu’s look matched his tall and slim figure with multiple layers of cascading fabrics, overlapping pockets, and dangling cords.

Umi’s look was more emo-punk, knee-length loose shorts topped with a  simple, V-neck t-shirt. The colors and star patterns added interest to the piece.

For the next song, IBI appeared onstage with a Bible from which he read solemnly while the models took the runway, guitars in hand. Jin Sasaki of Serial Number, a familiar face for these shows, also lent a hand, keeping it cool as he gave life to some casual-chic pieces that looked to be among the most wearable in the collection.

The music came to an end and before the host bid farewell.He introduced his guests, explaining the concept of the show and brand. “I wanted to produce a show that mixed fashion and music!”

Each artist and model took a moment to greet the crowd and reflect on the show and the event ended with laughter after Intetsu, about to leave the stage, added out of the blue, “Oh, Yo and Umi are very friendly!” The crowd laughed, seeming a bit surprised by the comment. The explanation came a few minutes later from Umi. “As Intetsu was about to come out, he asked us what he should say for the emcee and I suggested. ‘Say we are cool!’ And he actually did it!”

Sixh. OPERA – GALAXY ANDROID –, a fashion and live show produced by IBI in collaboration with music producer Takanori Tsunoda, debuted in the U.S. at Chicago’s ANIME CENTRAL in late April and will also be at AM2 between June 15 and 17 in Los Angeles.  Don’t miss it!

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Diana Tome saw her life change when she came across X-Japan's Blue Blood. A big supporter of old school visual rock, she believes visual kei is a lifestyle and philosophy that goes beyond the clothing and the music. With a background in headhunting and psychotherapy, Diana completed her M.A. in Psychology from I.S.P.A. in Lisbon, Portugal. She now lives and works in Japan committed to keeping the VK/V-rock flame alive.

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

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