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Beautiful Disaster

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Talk about contrasts! Stylesight’s menswear editor attended the guest designer fashion show of Pitti Immagine Uomo on Wednesday night. Japanese designer Jun Takahashi’s Undercover collection was shown around a lake at Florence’s beautiful Boboli Gardens. With an island of citrus trees taking center stage in the middle of the lake and at least 800 attendees sitting in a circle, the models had a very long runway to walk. The surprisingly wearable clothes were inspired by the ideal armor for the last great battle, Armageddon. If Takahashi’s clothes are any indication, life after a nuclear bomb wouldn’t be so bad! Set to a soundtrack of “air raid” sirens, the models wore such styles as suits made out of a very modern urban camouflage, crisp white shirts and pants made out of paper, working “atmospheric thermometers” displayed on jackets to measure the “impending doom,” and best of all, suits, jackets and tights made out of a fabric that literally lit up the humid night air with an intense glow. When the end comes, at least Undercover’s customers will look good.

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