One of the hottest spots for fashion in Japan, Harajuku is home to trendsetters in gothic, lolita, visual kei, decora and even cosplay styles. Thanks to Gwen Stefani and others, the district has gained worldwide recognition as one of the hottest fashion hubs in Japan. At Sakura Sunday, you too can get a taste of Tokyo’s trendiest district with the Harajuku Fashion Show.
Returning for its fifth installment, the Harajuku Fashion Show is a collection of styles inspired by its namesake. In 2015, it will feature designs by Smak Parlour. Owners Abby and Katie bonded in high school over their mutual love for fashion and continued designing clothes and creating ensembles through college and beyond. 2005 saw the launch of their brick and mortar store in Old City. In 2013, they launched the first mobile boutique in Philadelphia after seeing fashion trucks taking off in Los Angeles and wanting to follow suit. The fashion truck is an 18-foot long converted box truck with fitting rooms, hardwood floors, track lighting, French doors, and a skylight containing items that are all under $100. The Smark Parlour Fashion Truck can be typically found at 40th Street near Locust Walk on the University of Pennsylvania’s campus during weekdays but it also does private parties and events throughout the tri-state area.
Richel D’Ambra Spa & Salon at the Ritz-Carlton, located at Avenue of the Arts, will be doing hair and makeup for the models of the fashion show. Dedicated to providing a holistic approach for physical and spiritual well being, the Richel D’Ambra Spa & Salon provides spa rituals from around the world that will take you on a journey of the senses.
Don’t miss the Harajuku Fashion Show at Little Akiba at 11:15 am and at the Main Stage at 12:45 pm! See the full Sakura Sunday schedule.