Sixh. in 2012
Designer IBI’s world view creation that expands from his original ghost-kei graphic style. Evidently, this IBI world suggests the Sixh. core image. Along with a goth-esque, monotone cool feel, he spins the threads of a sacred story of a universe that spreads through his design.
IBI is also the lead vocalist of the band Sixh. The unique world of IBI grows not only through fashion, but through the dimension of music as well.
In 2012 Sixh.OPERA debuted as his independent fashion show imagined in the form of a live music show. Through his band, IBI pursues new ways of expression and entertainment with the combination of fashion and music.
Sixh. in 2011
Japanese designer Naoto Hirooka’s gothic and lolita fashion line h. NAOTO has accumulated positive reviews and praise from both Japanese and Western markets. After receiving positive stimulation from collaborations with charismatic visual-kei artists, h.NAOTO starts the “h.ism” project in the mid 2000s based on the theme of fashion and music co-existing in one entity.
In 2007, the success of h.ism leads to collaboration with the young fashion design duo IBI and MINT. “Sixh.” is born.
Started by IBI, the fashion line Sixh. unites visual-kei artistry with the imagery of popular host and hostess clubs. A new theme, ghost-kei, is created by combining the words “gothic” and “host” into “ghost”. MINT launches the line with the New Japan Mode Collection featuring its relaxed character, “MINT Neko”, and Six.h flourishes from there. Without a doubt, Sixh.’s cool, carefree ideas are not restricted by ordinary rules of fashion or society.
Also in 2007, Sixh. expands from a fashion brand into a band with the same name. IBI sings vocals with MINT on the bass, joined by guitarist NARI . Sixh.’s unique musical presentation crosses the Western standard of “rock” with the fashions of ghost-kei.
In 2010, Sixh.’s ladies’ collection “MelT” joins the line-up with designer MIKA in the lead. It mixes sexiness with a touch of devilish cuteness by using gorgeous butterflies and roses as the main motifs. IBI’s Ageha-kei fashion line is also in the works.
h. NAOTO’s fashion line and band Sixh. is constantly adapting and merging with ever-evolving Japanese counterculture. At heart, Sixh. is the sixth sense beyond the five senses!