MURUA TouchMe Collection A/W 2014

Posted on Friday, 18 July 2014

touchMe Collection is an invitation-only fashion show organized by Japanese apparel company, MARKSTYLER. Their brands include dazzlin, EMODA, MURUA, MERCURYDUO, to name a few. I’m a huge fan of these brands so it’s always an honor to be invited to their fashion shows, let alone be allowed to take pictures and share the beauty of Japanese fashion to the world.

Third season’s the charm! This time, I was invited to Tokyo by MURUA to cover their upcoming fall/winter collection. I covered this year’s dazzlin show too, which you can read about here

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Red lips twins! Much thanks to MURUA’s PR girl Asami Kotake-san! This trip wouldn’t have been possible without her.

She was wearing all MURUA A/W 2014! I need to have this collared velvet shift dress in my life. It’s always fun to see what the brand people are wearing during touchME shows. More often than not, they’re already wearing the next season’s collection, but of course, styled with a personal flair. Such a tease for die-hard fans of the brand.

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Front row with these girls! I brought Ashley to watch with me because I had an extra ticket, plus I’ve always known how big of a MURUA fan she was. I couldn’t think of anyone better to enjoy the show with!

MURUA’s theme for this year’s A/W collection is “LADY TAP 1958”, and the show started with someone actually tapdancing! It was a very dramatic introduction to a collection that did not disappoint or fall too far from the brand’s vision. It was still typical MURUA - edgy, chic, feminine, and sophisticated.

Their shoes have always played a central part in creating that whole “MURUA look”, so they went all out with highlighting their trademark shoes with sheer socks that looked like thick ankle straps. 

There was also a short segment in the show where they closed all the lights in the venue, and let a single spotlight follow all the models’ shoes. Sadly, I couldn’t catch that on camera, but that was *the* highlight of the show for me. Also, as you guessed, they played tap dance shoes sounds while the models were walking down the runway. 

Short, flippy hair and lots of focus on the eyes for MURUA A/W 2014 hair and make. The balance was nothing short of perfect - the details and the colors of the clothes were rich and bold enough to make a statement. I particularly loved their use of forest green and navy, and I think I have MURUA to blame for my newfound love for black alternatives.

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MURUA producer Momoko Ogihara-san! Let me take this opportunity to formally congratulate the creative team behind MURUA for the beautiful show. I really felt like they took it to the next level with this one. They’re definitely one global brand to watch out for!

I can’t wait for these items to be sold in stores already! MURUA stores can be found all over Japan, but they also have stores in Hong Kong (The One mall, IT, etc), China, Taiwan (FAVVI Party), and Hawaii. You can see the specific list here.

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(Motel Rocks Savannah Cold Shoulder dress in Dahlia Navy, EMODA shoes and earrings3.1 Phillip Lim bag) Hype this look on Lookbook here.

Navy is the definitely the new black. Blue has always been my favorite color, but sadly, I only really got to build my navy wardrobe this year. All this time, I’ve been so fixated on black that I haven’t been able to pay any attention to any other alternative. Until now! I find that navy is a lot less harsh than black, yet still manages to give off a similar whiff of sophistication. I’m obsessed. I need more of it in my life.

To be honest, navy used to irk me a bit whenever I’d go shopping. Store lighting makes it so difficult to differentiate the two sometimes, and of course, the last thing I want to bring home is an item in the wrong color. I’ve been consciously looking for it nowadays, but I guess I have to wait until the F/W collections are available before I can go out and splurge on all things navy. It’s already July anyway? Just a little longer!

(Kate-Katy top and skirt, Kate Spade clutch, Sleeh heels) Hype this look on Lookbook here.

Happy 5th anniversary to Tricia Will Go Places! Who would’ve thought I would last this long? I updated my deviantART last week and also found out that I’ve actually been on the platform for 10 whole years. Which means I’ve spent about half of my conscious life on the Internet. Crazy stuff.

For Candy magazine July 2014. Photography by Tricia Gosingtian / Styling by Nina Almoradie / Special thanks to Elaine Natividad Reyes / Make-up by Cherry Pacheco / Hair by Renz Pangilinan / Models: Nikita McElroy and Hye Won Jang

For Candy magazine July 2014. Photography by Tricia Gosingtian / Styling by Jed Gregorio / Make-up by John Pagaduan / Hair by Rhoy Cervantes / Models: Sam Gomez, Nikita McElroy, Maan Marquez, Kelsey Merritt