Tsumori Chisato
By Anna Glassman

SOUTHWESTERN QUIRK Paris: Among all the seriousness of Paris fashion week, Japanese designer Tsumori Chisato can always be counted on to add a bit …

Sep 29, 2012
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SOUTHWESTERN QUIRK
Paris: Among all the seriousness of Paris fashion week, Japanese designer Tsumori Chisato can always be counted on to add a bit of freewheeling whimsy to the mix. Still mad for print and pattern, Chisato chose a well-worn theme for Spring, channeling the American southwest into her palette and motifs. But where others default to Native American repeats and turquoise jewelry, she chose a kookier path of illustrated watercolor cow skulls and mélange knit tee pee graphics. More subtle were details like ruffled edging in sunset ombré, while classic cowboy shirts were completely reinvented as sporty cropped jackets. Although Chisato didn’t break new ground for Spring, her outlook on this trendy inspiration was refreshingly fun and idiosyncratic.—Nina Stotler

Silhouette: Flared / Relaxed / Tapered

Color: Aqua / Tangerine / Gold / Grass green / Buff / Canary / Black / White / Rust / Crimson / Lemon / Periwinkle / Mint / Hot pink

Key Items: Draped tanks / Skinny printed trousers / Graphic tunic tops / Halter dresses / Ruffled shorts / Tapered t-shirts  / Pleated and tapered trousers

Materials: Mélange knit / Leather / Chiffon / Macramé / Linen / Poplin / Satin / Printed silk / Cotton quilting

Print + Pattern: Illustrated watercolor graphics / Cactus illustrations / Dots / Cartoon florals / Stripes

Details + Trim: Embroidery / Braided piping / Ruffles / Quilting / Patchworking / Appliqué / Pleating

Accessories + Footwear: Wide corset belts / Strappy high heels / Round sunglasses / Peep toe heels

View in RUNWAY: QUICK LOOK


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