Tokyo Fashion Week may have been officially canceled, but the fall 2020 collections live on through look books and shows live-streamed across the internet. After all, the runways were only ever one element of the event’s appeal. Each season, Tokyo’s streets were overflowing with bold new fashions, courtesy of innovative style stars who pushed the envelope with their daring looks. In other cities, you’ll find digital content creators clad in Scandi-chic staples, or actresses wearing the latest designer fare. But Tokyo is the only place where you’ll see rainbow-haired Harajuku denizens in sky-high platforms, performance artists in homemade getups that put cosplayers to shame, and flamboyant beauties who pair tutus with fluorescent combat boots.
The ideas that made their way onto the streets were fantastical fodder for designers—or, indeed, anyone interested in fashion without boundaries. Sure, you’ll have to wait until next season to enjoy the shows in person, but a street style fix is easy to come by. A scroll through the feeds of Instagram’s Tokyo trendsetters is almost as good as being there.
Writer, editor, and LVMH Prize scout, Yu Masui is a constant in street style photographs from around the globe. You’re as likely to see him in Paris wearing neon Nikes and Dries Van Noten, as you are to catch him front row in Tokyo in mixed prints and dramatic designs from a brand you’ve yet to hear of. Always one step ahead of the crowd, his feed offers a preview of where fashion is headed.