On Jan 13, a talk session between designers Kansai Yamamoto and Yoshikazu Yamagata (of writtenafterwards) was held at Tokyo Kaihouku located on the 2nd floor of Isetan Shinjuku.

The session was part of the pop-up (ended on Jan 14) held to sell Kansai Yamamoto’s designs at a retail store for the first time in roughly 20 years. As a tribute to the designer, Yoshikazu Yamagata’s special pieces for the event were on display and sale. Yamamoto was impressed with the show held by Yamagata under the theme of the Seven Lucky Gods in 2012, which initiated the team-up between the two.

For the talk session, Yamamoto, the first Japanese to present a show in England and Yamagata, who graduated from Central Saint Martins with top grades, discussed designing clothes for an international market.

In answer to the question, “What is the definition of ‘good’ clothes?” Yamagata answered, “Clothes which reach the heart. It is important to communicate one’s feelings through clothes.” “Clothes are not just for dressing up, but also for attracting others. What you think is good, is good,” added Yamamoto.

Misha Janette, fashion director/blogger, who teamed up with Yamamoto to design tights and tees, and stylist Yasuko Takahashi aka “Yacco-san,” who introduced Yamamoto’s designs to David Bowie, also made appearances at the event.