When Junya Watanabe is focused on one particular subject, he is totally focused on that subject without any distractions whatsoever. At his Saturday morning show at the Garage Turenne, Mr. Watanabe returned to one of his favorite garments–the classic black leather biker jacket–and developed an entire collection around the endless permutations of this revered icon.
Pop quiz: Design in Paris is A) conceptual B) kinda weird C) joyous D) all of the above. On a day that zipped from Space Age sportswear at Junya to crushed can crowns and Comme, Report Card can tell critics were thinking really deeply about meanings. So extra credit goes to Jean Paul Gaultier for interrogating the dichotomy between a runway show and a concert–and reminding us all that fashion is also FUN!
Here’s what the critics were buzzing about.
Junya Watanabe presented a collection that revolved solely the role of athletic wear in contemporary fashion. Even with the summer Olympics over, Mr. Watanabe might be on to something here.
The Biebs has got serious steez. While watching his performance on the TODAY show this morning, I had the following GChat exchange with my friend who was also watching: Beth: dude that fair isle letterman’s sweater jacket is a hot mess me: i kind of like it? i feel weird Sent at 8:46 AM on Read more →
Long Nguyen is the Co-Founder/Style Director of Flaunt.
PARIS–Over the sounds of Argentinian music evoking the atmosphere of a morning in the Gaucho plains, Junya Watanabe sent out a stunning collection of romantic and emotional clothes early Saturday morning. The show started with deep colored lace transparent dresses with black spaghetti strap slips and ended with the most elegant transformation of the trench coat seen on any runway.
But if there were any references to Argentina and its southern mythical plains so romanticized in literature, it was just the coming and going of the Spanish vocals on the soundtrack throughout the show, rather than any literal translation in the clothes.
Long Nguyen is the co-founder/style director of Flaunt.
PARIS–There could not have been a better morning to stage a show outdoors than last Frida, when designer Junya Watanabe presented his spring menswear in the courtyard of a school on the edge of the Luxembourg Gardens.
Under the bright sunshine, just yards beyond the pear fruit bearing trees and with George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord” blasting over two mounted loudspeakers, Mr. Watanabe imagined the look of farm life without ever having any actual living experience. There were tan cotton overalls rolled up with a faded chambray shirt, low front cut denim overalls with floral print cotton shirts and caramel wellies, as well as light pink cotton overalls paired with a blue utilities jacket.
The hair in Paris was big. Not 80s big, but sculptural and dramatic. Ann Demeulemeester and Junya Watanabe went tall and spiky. Haider Ackermann and Issey Miyake created haute aliens, while Yohji Yamamoto and Gaultier did beehives in rainbow and shades of grey.
Walk under doorways at your own risk.
Fashionista contributor Long Nguyen is the co-founder/style director of Flaunt.
PARIS-Despite the male voice’s slow reading of the French poet Arthur Rimbaud’s Ophélie–a Symbolist sonnet written when Mr. Rimbaud was 17 years old in three parts, describing the fictive lover of Shakepeare’s Hamlet who eventually succumbed to insanity and death by drowning in a river–over the soundtrack the Junya Watanabe show on Saturday morning, the designer’s fall collection is anything but soft poetry.
SS11 fashion week was filled with amazing collections, which were in turn filled with inventive and unique fashions. We couldn’t just pick ten, so we’ve selected 20 top looks for you instead.