When Japanese label DRESSCAMP made its Spring Summer 2003 debut with celebrated designer Toshikazu Iwaya at the helm, it made headlines for using vivid colours and prints in a style not seen before in Tokyo collections. Iwaya’s talent gained quick recognition; in the year after DRESSCAMP’s debut, he received the Best Newcomer Award at the Mainichi Fashion Grand Prix, the Shiseido Incentive Award, as well as the Moët & Chandon New Designer Award.
DRESSCAMP’s fashion clout can be seen from its many collaborations with top names such as Piaget, MCM, Timberland and most recently, US apparel label Dickies. Easily one of the top Japanese labels today, no trip to Tokyo is complete without a pilgrimage to DRESSCAMP’s Aoyama flagship. In our upcoming August issue, Iwaya shares with us his vision for the brand and hints at the possibility of a presence in Singapore sometime in the (hopefully near) future.
Below: DRESSCAMP designer Toshikazu Iwaya and designs from his AW14 collection
With a month to go before our next issue hits the newsstands, we’ll leave you with a little teaser…
MF: June is our summer travel issue. Tell us how and where you will be spending your summer.
Iwaya: Well, I have not decided yet…I don’t have a place where I want to go more than anywhere else but I want to go somewhere warm and where I can get a good tan! Summer in Japan is not like Singapore where it continues throughout the year.
MF: So would you be spending summer in Singapore then?
Iwaya: I wish I can come back!