After one last touch of snow at the end of February, the weather in Tokyo is slowly warming up. That can mean only one thing – spring fashion is coming soon! With that exact thought in mind, over 25,000 Japanese girl (and a few guys) converged on Yokohama Arena for the 2012 Spring/Summer edition of Tokyo Girls Collection. It seems like every month there is a new fashion and music event launching in Tokyo. However, the twice-annual TGC is not only the original, but also by far the biggest of them all.
Tokyo Girls Collection is so popular that tickets usually sell out within hours. But that’s no problem for you readers, because once again several dedicated TokyoFashion photographers were on the scene so that we could share all of the fashion shows, music, entertainment, and TGC street styles that you might have missed!
The theme of the 2012 Spring/Summer Tokyo Girls Collection event was “Sherbet Garden”. The show featured a long lineup of Japanese fashion brands (Liz Lisa, Cecil McBee, Lovedrose, Doublefocus, Beams, Serene Dept & many more), top Japanese models (Anna Tsuchiya, Yukina Kinoshita & more), popular musicians from Harajuku (Kyary Pamyu Pamyu), Shibuya (Milky Bunny), South Korea (KARA), and Japan (Kana Nishino), comedians, dancers, DJs, and even a rock-themed runway show by Avril Lavigne’s fashion brand Abbey Dawn.
The over-six-hour Tokyo Girls Collection lineup was packed with Japanese fashion goodness. You’ll see (almost) everything that happened in our three reports on the event! This first massive 300-photo report will cover most of the fashion shows – at least the ones that didn’t include concerts as part of the show. Our second report will bring you street snaps of over 75 Tokyo Girls Collection attendees. If you want to know what is trending on the street in Tokyo right now, the street fashion photos will give you a good idea. Our third and final TGC report will cover the musical acts (Kyary, Tsubasa, KARA, etc.) and special stages (comedians, dancers, MCs, etc.)
Enjoy our coverage of the 2012 S/S Tokyo Girls Collection fashion shows, and check back soon for part two of our coverage! You can click any of the TGC pictures to see them in high resolution!
TGC Special Collection
Phebely at Tokyo Girls Collection
One Way at Tokyo Girls Collection
Liz Lisa at Tokyo Girls Collection
Vence Exchange at Tokyo Girls Collection
Twnroom at Tokyo Girls Collection
Duras at Tokyo Girls Collection
Doublefocus at Tokyo Girls Collection
Lovedrose Co at Tokyo Girls Collection
Khaju at Tokyo Girls Collection
Beams at Tokyo Girls Collection
Abbey Dawn at Tokyo Girls Collection
Actus at Tokyo Girls Collection
Bonica Dot at Tokyo Girls Collection
Famul at Tokyo Girls Collection
Chesty at Tokyo Girls Collection
Nina Mew at Tokyo Girls Collection
RYZA at Tokyo Girls Collection
Serene Dept. at Tokyo Girls Collection
Yasuhiro Watanabe x WWD at Tokyo Girls Collection
Nine x Tetsuro Nagase at Tokyo Girls Collection
Lands of Eden x Tsugumi Watari at Tokyo Girls Collection
YEVS x Kyoko Amano at Tokyo Girls Collection
Click any of the Tokyo Girls Collection Spring/Summer 2012 pictures to see them in high resolution.
Be sure to check back for the second part of our Tokyo Girls Collection coverage, which will feature street snaps of over 75 TGC attendees. Following that, we’ll have our final report with coverage of all the Tokyo Girls Collection musical acts (Milky Bunny, Kyary, KERA, IU, etc.). All of that and lots more coming soon!.
To find out when the next Tokyo Girls Collection will be held, you can check out the official website (in Japanese).
All photographs by Will Robb.
About the photographer:
As long as he is behind his camera Will is a happy man. He has photographed everything from the slums of Bangkok to the catwalks of Tokyo. He is a contract photographer for Lonely Planet, his images and photo essays have appeared in Time Out, The Japan Times, Sportswear International and a variety of other newspapers, magazines and guidebooks around the world and his photo essays from Iraq for The Griffith Review even earned him a mention in the Australian book review of the year in 2006. In addition to his media related work, Will also shoots events, portraits, weddings and the occasional CD cover. His full portfolio can be found at WillRob.com and whatever he’s working on, he always writes about his jobs and how he goes about them at Will Robb Photography.