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Under the Radar, but Cranked to 11

Matthew Schneier for The New York Times:

It was dark and loud on Monday night in Ideal Glass, a performance space on East Second Street, the site of the first solo presentation by a little-known, prodigiously talented men’s wear designer named Kozaburo Akasaka.

Nine p.m., the last show slot of the day, is not generally a sought-after one during New York Fashion Week, but you got the feeling that Mr. Akasaka would have been just as happy to have gone even later.

“I couldn’t have the vision to do a normal runway show,” he said. He hasn’t, in fact, done any shows or events at all. For this, his debut, he insisted on a psychedelic happening, a crowd milling and a few brave souls lightly moshing, to the throbbing drone of a Chilean psych band called Föllakzoid.