If visitors at the recent Kyoto Bridal Week were looking for inspiration, they certainly went away armed with ideas and impressed with the gathering of some of the world’s best-known names.
The first edition of this important new international trade event saw models taking to the stage in a series of lavish catwalk presentations that showed precisely how the top designers are setting the trends and, importantly, how they themselves choose to accessorise their latest collections - a bonus to retailers wanting to deliver the best.
With a tightly-edited roster of quality names, Kyoto Bridal Week introduced new labels to this vibrant and fast-growing marketplace, and confirmed relationships with existing suppliers. Exhibitors included media darling Carline Castigliano from London, the highly-talented Peter Langner from Rome, Barcelona-based Yolan Cris, where vintage and hobo styling come together, and Anna Romysh, from Paris, known best for her extravagant dresses that defy conventional design barriers. The classicists were much in evidence, too, with Croque en Bouche Japan, RS Couture Rome, and the stunning portfolio of brands from US, Lillian West and Justin Alexander from the Sincerity group. And among others introducing their latest jewellery collections were award-winning Stephanie Browne from Australia.
There was a real sense of excitement at the show in February. Here, gathered together under e roof, were collection after collection structured for the needs and wants of Japanese market where tastes are clearly defined and only the very best is sought after.
Said Mr Tadano of Abientot, distributor for the hugely-respected designer Carole Castigliano: “This was an excellent fair for me with new customers buying into the brand and continued exposure through the Kyoto Bridal Week will be key to developing the Japanese market for Caroline Castigliano.” Asked for advice for future exhibitors, Mr Tadano added: “ Having an agent in the territory is important and for everyone an interpreter on their stand is vital.”