THE RE\VIEW: Kentaro KameyamA, WINNER OF PROJECT RUNWAY SEASON 16, SETS A TONE FOR HIS FASHION CAREER.
A SHOW INVOKING THE MEMORIES.
During my 10 day stay in the city for New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2018, I had made it my prevailing mission to see a list of rising designers. Kentaro Kameyama, the winner of the most recent Project Runway Season 16, was one of those I had my eyes on from the very start.
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The show started off with a light piano rhythm and some white noise, which to me, emulated the down pour of rain as the models came down in a comparbly fitting slow motion. The entrance immediately caught my attention, though it was somewhat off-putting to traditional runway appeal and movement, that is truly was attracted me to it most. The pace of the walk was rather uncomfortable yet the clothes emitted just sheer comfort. While purely feminine in nature, each look seemed to have a soft-to-hard ballet element to it.
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I sat in the middle of the rows, directly in aim of the speakers hanging from the upper part of the Angel Orensanz cathedral. And I kid you not, I started to have an out-of-body experience of sorts, because of the increasingly deliberate high frequency of the sound the models were moving to. I have always been sensitive to sound but never to the point where I felt I was about to experience the second coming. Who could blame me for the thought. Despite considering the times we seem to be living in currently and after all, I was in the middle of what was originally a church. I looked around to see if anyone was as affected by the vibrations – as I was in that exact moment – and there were very few throughout the entire venue that felt that same level of discomfort. At that point, I wasn’t too sure if I should blame the reaction on my seat or my soul.
While wondering in my thoughts and watching the stimulus at the same time, I went back to a moment in my early college days as a dance minor, where I was surrounded and inspired by the joy of movement in the human body. That very flashback to the never-ending mirrors and layered organza, had made me feel like my own body was just a house still standing upon its own built up memories.
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I had the pleasure of a brief conversation with Kameyama immediately following the nights end. As I hopped into a Uber, I had recognized the car in front of me was finishing packing up garments; it was Kameyama’s new collection. And there stood the spunky man himself. At first glance, I had noticed he had quickly hopped under a vehicle to catch something - possibly a phone of either his or a friends - and found the opportune moment to exchange my gratitude for his work and achievement. I rolled the window down in the heavy street traffic, “I just wanted to congratulate you on your show. I really liked it - one of the ones that stood out to me most tonight!” I said. And he wittingly replied, while glancing at the car I had just stepped into, “Oh thank you! I really like…Uber.” We both giggled and separately went on with our evening.
Though, I guess I should have gave him appreciation for something else, aside of enjoying his new presentation; I should have said thank you for reminding me of a point in life where my creativity felt forever endless.
Tyler J. Drinnen, is the Founder and Editor in Chief of iTEM MAGAZINE. His primary goal as a Fashion Creative, is to document fashion history in the streetwear and art sector.
From the lens of an abstract visual content producer, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Studies from Sonoma State University; where he wrote a weekly Opinion Column for The Star, dabbled with his own radio podcast format, titled Saturday Nite Scandal, and helped to create one of the first Professional Student Lead PR Firms in the USA.
From there on, he continued his work by interning with Sonoma Discoveries Magazine and then shortly after wrote and interned for Fashion School Daily, where he solidified his love for feature writing and working with emerging talents from around the world.
In December of 2016, he received an Honorary Master of Arts in Fashion Journalism from the Academy of Art University – And what an achievement that was, to be the first in his program to have graduated a full semester early – Bringing him to four design oriented degrees in a short five and a half years, nothing will stop him from bringing art of the few, to the eyes of many.
He has worked in the fashion industry for just over a decade, from commercial retail visual management to corporate level ghost writing and consulting. Now, in this exact moment, T.J.D. takes his life public with the independent urban California lifestyle based fashion movement, iTEM MAGAZINE: A Platform For Rising Artists.