This season we added a fifth destination on to our ever expanding list of fashion week destinations: Tokyo! Not being the first time that AOFM has done Tokyo, it was with huge anticipation that we invited our graduates to come with us as we travelled to Tokyo Fashion Week. There was a lot of interest, graduates applying from all over the world, once the team was selected, we booked them a big house in the city centre & let the excitement build. Touching down in Tokyo a couple of days before the show, the graduates made use of their central location & new surroundings to explore the city. Show day was upon us & it was an early start for the team, meeting first for a coffee just off of the busiest crossing in the world, Skinjuku crossing. Nerves had settling, caffeine had taken effect and it was time to make our way to the official venue of Tokyo Fashion Week: The Hirake Centre. The designer was Anne Sofie Madsen, dutch born, the designer was trained under John Galliano in Paris before being taken on as a design assistant by Alexander McQueen, Madsen launched her own highly anticipated brand in 2011 with the concept of designing for the inviting woman who is out of reach. To balance the architectural natural of the spring/summer collection the graduate team set to work in creating a glossy eye in combination with a fresh, youthful skin. The show was a massive success with the fashion glitterazzi & press out in full force. Once the graduates had packed up their kits it was time to go home to get ready for the evening, AOFM took the full team out for celebratory food and drinks with a panoramic view of the city at the beautiful Park Hyatt hotel in central Tokyo. In the days that followed the adventure didnt stop, with the team exploring all of the famous sights of this magical city before heading home. This trip marked the end of our Fashion Week marathon, seeing us start our 26 shows in New York, London, Milan, Paris & finally Tokyo. We are so proud to be the only makeup school to be backstage on schedule at fashion week in every fashion capital, every season. Finally, a big thank you to all participating graduates, you did a great job & we look forward to seeing you backstage again next season!