JUNYA WATANABE SS2015
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Seriously. Those blazers are freaking awesome. I want all of them. So well done.
I can do without the eyebrows though!
Junya stole my all blue color scheme. Also, patchwork game is strong, as is sashiko, but it feels like he is just stuff that brands like Blue Japan and Kapital have been doing for a while now, and in pretty much the same shapes and items. At least Kim Jones, when he collaborated with Kapital for Louis Vuitton, used boro and sashiko in very European shapes. So, a lot of wearable garments, and I'll probably pick up a few pieces to wear, but I don't see his usual "spin" on traditional pieces. .I suppose that his use of what looks to be nylon and suiting fabric, and what looks like blown up woodcut prints, are sorta a nice deviation from the norm.
But, for example, this jacket:
and this shirt:
As somebody who has committed to an almost entirely blue uniform, I have to say that this looks too clean to me in comparison with Kapital, Blue Japan, many of the workwear-influenced companies, and even recent Visvim. Maybe I just need to see it off the runway, mixed up in a streetwear context.
I agree that there is sone really nice things, and I'm pretty sure I'll be looking out for some pieces, but that's very different from the collection being really great as a collection. When I buy something like Blue Blue Japan, or Indigo Farms, or whatever, I am looking for cool things to wear - I'm shopping for myself. But when I look at a show, I am looking for something special, something that makes me look at something from a new vantage point. This collection doesn't do that for me.
In contrast, the Louis Vuitton/Kapital collection did. I've always liked those workwear fabrics, but that was the first time I really thought about them as materals for tailored pieces in non-workwear shapes.