Fashion agenda: Tokyo Fashion Week, Yves Saint Laurent retrospective

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo begins March 18

For those mourning the end of the catwalk show season in the major fashion capitals, there are still plenty of stylish dates to get excited about including Tokyo Fashion Week and Russia Fashion Week, as well as exhibitions from the likes of Chanel and YSL. Read about all the biggest upcoming events here.



Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo
March 18-24
Tokyo, Japan

While some of Japan's biggest designers such as Yohji Yamamoto have been showing their collections outside Tokyo for some time, this event is an excellent opportunity to discover the city's rising talent. This year highlights will include a presentation from Yuima Nakazato, whose conceptual fashion has been making an impact on an international scale.

Vancouver Fashion Week

March 20-25
Vancouver, Canada

With Toronto Fashion Week finishing March 17, Vancouver will kick off its own event March 20, inviting local designers as well as those from the major fashion capitals and Asia, South America and Eastern Europe. Information on purchasing tickets can be seen on the event's website, while blog coverage will be available in English, Korean and Chinese. Meanwhile, highlights on the Facebook page include up-to-the-minute news and a Vancouver Fashion Week street style lookbook.

Russia Fashion Week

March 21-25
Moscow, Russia

Held in Moscow for the past ten years, the fully titled Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia is the largest fashion week in Eastern Europe, welcoming international names including Jenny Packham as well as the country's rising homegrown talent such as Dasha Gauser. Live broadcasts are set to be shown on the event's website as of March 21.

Chanel Tokyo exhibit

March 24-April 15
Tokyo, Japan

During Tokyo Fashion Week Chanel will host events including a replication of its Spring/Summer 2012 Haute Couture show in Tokyo and the inauguration of an ephemeral boutique. Ahead of the launch of new book "The Little Black Jacket: Chanel's classic revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld", there will also be an exhibition in the city dedicated to the jacket's versatility and featuring a host of famous faces wearing Chanel's little black jacket. It will run March 24 to April 15.

The Fashion World of Jean Paul
March 24-August 19
San Francisco, USA

The De Young Museum in San Francisco, California is honoring Jean Paul Gaultier with a retrospective devoted to his creations spanning from his 1976 ready-to-wear to his 2007 haute couture collections. Entitled From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk it celebrates his avant-garde style and collaborations with Madonna, Lady Gaga, filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar, dance and theater with films clips of concerts, ballets, and fashion shows. The expo follows from the recent launch of the Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs exhibition in Paris and comes just ahead of the unveiling of an Yves Saint Laurent retrospective in Colorado.

China Fashion Week

March 25-31
Beijing, China

First launched in 1997, China Fashion Week showcases innovative looks from local designers including Chu Yan, Qi Gang and Toray Liu Wei as well as foreign creators. Mercedes-Benz became a sponsor in 2011, raising the event's status on an international scale. Also taking place during Fashion Week will be the China International Clothing & Accesories Fair (CHIC), welcoming a number of European and US brands as well as Chinese ones.

Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective

March 25-July 8
Colorado, USA

The internationally acclaimed exhibition Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective hits the US March 25, with Denver Art Museum hosting the exhibition, displaying work ranging from the creator's earlier days at Christian Dior to his final catwalk collection in 2002. Some 200 haute couture outfits will be on display along with photographs, drawings and films. 2012 will be a big year for fashion exhibitions, with the Jean Paul Gaultier expo in California, a Christian Louboutin retrospective due to take place at London's Design Museum later in the year and a Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs exhibition running in Paris till September 16.