As someone raised by and around Colorado Hippies, Kapital SS12 has a special place in my heart.
Can anyone speak for their quality?
Yeah, it's kind of obscure, but it's written in romaji (western letters) almost as if you are seeing Kiryu in a mirror centred on the 'u'... So, BTW, if you're going to write it with a Capital 'K', it should be 'KiryuyriK', which makes it a bit more obvious... The designers are ex-Yohji aren't they? (god, why do I even know these things? The clothes themselves are so far from my way of dressing... I guess I just pick these things up having lived in Tokyo on and off for so long and knowing the kinds of people I do there).
I like the Japanese styles don't get me wrong but too many of them are jumping on the WM bandwagon, doing normally shaped clothing with crazy patterns. I actually like the above, but if you made it monochromatic it would be a shitty collection, and that's where a lot of the Japanese designers differ from the European ones.
Also, where can I get a Will Smith t-shirt?
^ Yeah, that post was poorly worded as I had a few beers when I got home, haha, it was meant as less of a criticism than an observation. I really like that collection you posted, but if you took the patterns away it could basically be any of the made-in-usa brands (minus the tunics, but whatever). There's only a couple of Japanese brands that are on the same level as the European stuff in terms of 'high fashion', and I can't think of any European brands that do streetstyle as well as the Japanese do (though there's probably one or two, I just can't think of one).
This is just me rambling, not an indictment or anything; it's an interesting cultural difference.
Yeah, I agree; I guess I retract my original statement. But I still think that these guys are starting with cool patterns in mind, whereas most of the European designers design everything, and then decide whether or not to do it in color/pattern afterwards for the most part. Some exceptions (Schneider), obviously.