Long Nguyen is the co-founder and style director of Flaunt.
Junya Watanabe chose the basement of the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution at the Museum of Natural History for his early Saturday morning runway show, setting the tone for what was in store.
The first model came around the corner from behind a plywood box wearing a black short-sleeve tunic, short pants with fringe trims, and a set of huge black braids circling her head. Fringe became the leitmotif, tying together black and tan cotton jersey dresses, trimming a leather vest worn over a beige cotton coat, and decorating a white shirt, which was worn with a denim front-slit skirt.
One of the great looks was a tan, sleeveless tunic worn with jeans that were embroidered with a Native American motif. The metal-studded booties added a street element to the clothes. A long gray jacket tied with string in the back, a tan tailored coat tied in the front, and a fringed charcoal-cotton jersey dress demonstrated Watanabe’s couture techniques.
Watanabe’s work has always been about his cunning ability to take simple, utilitarian garments--like a pair of Dickies--and use his couture skills to transform them into innovative and creative fashion. This season, his mission was successful.