Designers at Japan Fashion Week target growing Asian market

From a phoenix-themed collection by a Japanese designer who has clothed Lady Gaga to touches of traditional Mongolian decorations, designers showing at Japan Fashion Week set their sights firmly on Asia and its huge market.

Chinese consumers have become the world’s leading buyers of luxury goods and account for one quarter of this market globally with demand growing, according to a report by consulting firm Bain & Co.

The fashion extravaganza showcasing the autumn and winter collections of 2013/14 kicked off at the weekend but Japanese brands took to the stage on Monday with Masanori Morikawa and his self-directed label, “Christian Dada”.

Morikawa has created several pieces for American pop star Lady Gaga including a pink dress reminiscent of an origami crane for her 2012 “Born This Way Ball” tour.

This time he turned to Asia for inspiration with an edgy, androgynous collection titled “Fenghuang,” which is Chinese for the mythical bird phoenix, pairing long, loose pants with richly embroidered lace on shirt sleeves for men and women.

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Is Lady Gaga Engaged? Shows Off Ring in Tokyo

While backstage during her performance in Tokyo, Japan, Lady Gaga took some time to show off a new rock adorning her left ring finger.

Spending some quality time with celebrity photographer Terry Richardson, the mother monster sparked engagement rumors after the photo of her showing off the new bling was released on his site.

While in the Japanese town, the 26-year-old performer tweeted, “Yes Tokyo! Tonight was the first BTWBall that I didnt puke during show. yes its that hard xoxoxxxo Love, gaga+terry,” and shared a revealing photo of herself with Richardson.

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Lady Gaga Tea Cup Charity Auction is Bringing in Big Bids in Japan

If Lady Gaga is your cup of tea, how much would you pay to own hers? Her tea cup, that is…

Would you like cream or sugar with that?The outlandish pop aristocrat is looking to raise funds for March 11 recovery efforts by having fans offer outlandish sums to buy a tea cup she was seen sipping from on Japanese television.

The fame monster’s cup–complete with genuine lipstick mark and signature–was put up for auction at noon on April 30 for a meager starting price of Y1. Bids of up to Y1.17 million around $14,600 had already been seen as of the time of writing. The auction will run until May 6, and the fluctuating bidding price can be viewed on the auction site.

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Japan Fashion Week

From green fashions by a designer who clothed Lady Gaga to a futuristic take on the traditional kimono and a streetwear show that drew more than 10,000 people, Japan’s Fashion Week has highlighted the edginess and variety for which Tokyo has long been known.

The spring event was cancelled last year in the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami, which set off a nuclear crisis that led to power cuts, but the October event was held as scheduled, clearing the way for the current autumn/winter extravaganza.

The Tokyo Runway Show highlighted street styles, an effort to shine a spotlight on Japan’s ready-to-wear brands as they also hope to cross into the international scene, in a five-hour production aimed at the country’s trend-setting youth.

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Lady Gaga to join New Year’s Eve NHK TV Extravaganza

Lady Gaga will appear via video during NHK’s annual music extravaganza on New Year’s Eve, the public broadcaster said.

The U.S. pop diva will appear on “Kohaku Uta Gassen” to air encouraging messages in the wake of the March 11 disasters. She will be one of many celebrities, including Hong Kong actor Jackie Chan and Wolfsburg midfielder Makoto Hasebe, captain of the Japanese national soccer team, to appear on the program.

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Lady Gaga Wants To Preserve Her Treasured Rose From Japan

Lady Gaga has a treasured souvenir from her summer (11) trip to Japan – a special rose given to her by the country’s Prime Minister.

The Paparazzi hitmaker paid a visit to the Far East in June (11), three months after the earthquake and tsunami disaster which devastated the nation in March (11).

Gaga helped to raise funds for the aid campaign by designing a charity wristband and T-shirt, and she was honoured by Japanese officials during her tour in recognition of her philanthropy and efforts to boost tourism there in the aftermath of the double disaster.

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Lady Gaga denies Japan charity bracelet scam

Representatives of Lady Gaga on Tuesday denied claims of a scam over sales of the singer’s wristbands for Japan’s earthquake relief efforts.

They described a lawsuit targeting the pop star and other companies involved in the sale and marketing of the $5 white and red "We Pray for Japan" rubber bracelets as misguided and without merit.

"This misguided lawsuit is without merit and unfortunately takes attention away from the kind deeds of the fans around the world who are supporting the people of Japan," Gaga’s representatives said in a statement.

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Lady Gaga getting sued over Japan earthquake charity bracelets

Pop superstar Lady Gaga has been sued over sales of her wristbands for Japans earthquake relief efforts in a class action that claims that not all the proceeds went to victims as she had promised.Michigan legal network 1800LAWFIRM also alleges that Gaga and other companies involved in the sale and marketing of the $5 white and red "We Pray for Japan" wristbands overcharged buyers on shipping costs and "artificially inflated reports of total donations"."While we commend Lady Gaga for her philanthropic efforts, we want to ensure that claims that all proceeds will be donated to Japans earthquake are in fact true," said Alyson Oliver, an attorney for 1800LAWFIRM.

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Lady Gaga’s message for people affected by March disasters

American pop star Lady Gaga gave a message on Saturday to the Japanese struggling to rise above the March natural disasters that, if people stick together, they can overcome difficulties.

"Let’s stick together, and through inspiration and through the hope of the future, let’s overcome the spider in our web," she told reporters after performing

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Japan: Lady Gaga – It’s safe, food’s great!

Lady Gaga says that if you want to help Japan recover from its tsunami disaster, come visit.

The flamboyant pop star, in Tokyo this week for a benefit concert for tsunami victims, said Thursday in an interview with The Associated Press that she’s making a point to get out and enjoy the city and its food, and that her fans should do the same thing.

"I can’t say enough to people all over the world that the majority of Japan right now, Japan in general, is very safe," she said.

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