5 hours ago | By Lizzy Bowring
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In our second installment from the Tokyo runways, we feature four more brands that caught our eye for denim inspiration.
Designer Hiroaki Shitano started making hand-printed shirts that he sold to friends, and the venture grew into Whiz Limited simply by work of mouth and popularity. Like many of the brands we showcased yesterday, Shitano’s F/W 12 collection looks to the great outdoors and mountaineering themes for inspiration. Layered shirts, jackets and knits create an all-weather coziness with plenty of fleece linings and functional, all-weather pieces. Sticking to the roots of the brand, he explores new denim shirt possibilities with Aztec embroideries and and inserts brightening the palette. A stand-out item is the classic trucker re-worked in suede with a shearling lining.
Again, cementing the theme of outdoors layering, designer Nozomi Ishiguro played with a softer pastel palette complemented by punches of bright red. His F/W story, entitled Tambourine, mixed grungy styling with a strong Western influence, showcasing fringed jeans, lace-up tops and cowboy hats alongside some classic denim pieces such as the trucker jacket. Color blocking and faded indigos updated the classic silhouettes.
A dark and sombre palette, slim-line silhouette and strong use of surface texture make Christian Dada’s F/W 12 collection bold yet wearable. Skinny jean fits are re-worked with contrast wefts and PVC inserts, and allover laddering, plucking and destruction create added surface interest. The use of jacquard inserts and shearling linings update the classic trucker in monotone black. Upsized tops and structured tees complement the mostly fitted pant shapes.
Merci Beaucoup have a huge Japanese following, with three Tokyo stand-alone stores and many shop-in-shop sites around the capital. Like Nozomi Ishiguro, the brand also played with pastels and plaids, while directional, upsized pant silhouettes modernized the look for 2012. Color blocking was conceptual with contrast patch pockets, hems and seam details in skewed placements and positions. The overall look was playful, directional and (for the Japanese market at least!) very wearable.
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