Junya Watanabe
By Jason Hall

MEN AT WORK Paris: If there’s one constant at Paris Fashion Week, it’s Junya Watanabe’s fascination with workwear and the rugged men who embrace …

Jan 22, 2012
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MEN AT WORK
Paris: If there’s one constant at Paris Fashion Week, it’s Junya Watanabe’s fascination with workwear and the rugged men who embrace it. Looking fresh off the farm, the models (many of whom were sporting beards) were clad in cotton and wool flannel shirts, marled sweaters, raw denim and an overall silhouette that appears as strict as the work day and crop season. The leather patches, contrasting stitches on jackets and corduroy mending for pants added an authentic undercurrent to what amounts to basic sportswear. Even though the quilted jackets, reinforced chinos, colorful suspenders and pieced woolen blazers maintain their nostalgic edge, many attendees agreed that it would be refreshing for the designer to move on to a new aesthetic that’s just as influential yet approachable.  —Michael Fisher

Color: Indigo blue / Red / Grey / Honey brown / Olive / Khaki

Key Items: Brushed flannel shirts / Pieced woolen blazers / Canvas work suits / Marled crewneck sweaters / Reinforced chinos / Slim raw denim / Fine gauge turtlenecks / Denim pea coat / Quilted parka / Bib-front overalls

Materials: Wool and cotton flannel / Canvas / Tweed / Leather / Denim / Pinewale corduroy / Chambray

Details + Trim: Leather elbow patches / Corduroy and denim reinforcements on pants / Flat quilted surfaces / Suspender buttons on waistbands / Small button-down collars / Utility pockets in contrasting fabrics / Tweed uppers for footwear

Accessories + Footwear: Tweed flat caps / Canvas suspenders / Work boots and brogues, some with tweed uppers

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