Who Will Be the New Rei Kawakubo?

Meet the next big names in Japanese fashion.

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Japan has long proven itself as a fashion powerhouse. And though few could conceivably rival the country’s current sartorial legends (think: Rei Kawakubo, Yohji Yamamoto, Junya Watanabe, Issey Miyake, and Kenzo Takada, to name a few), there’s a newish wave of Japanese talent that’s demonstrating some real surge power—with under-the-radar-yet-accessible appeal, an eye cast towards the street, and a contemporary lean that is at once of-the-moment (or even ahead of the moment) and enviably eccentric. If you’ve got an eye for fashion and you’ve been to Japan, you’ll know just how distinct and dreamy the country's stylistic inclinations can be. Will there ever be another Rei? Doubtful, but this group is pretty major, notwithstanding.