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Paris…Junya Watanabe

A moose and the warning, “No hunting, no fishing, no firearms” appeared on the invitation for Junya Watanabe’s F/W 09/10 collection. Always doing justice to the concept of taking what should be a clear-cut idea and re-mixing it into something much, much different, Watanabe almost made show attendees drop their season “it” bags and head for the woods! Many of the fabrics were all-weather and water-resistant, while other appropriate details like quilting, shooting patches on coats, and leather-trimmed cuffs added to the whimsical authenticity. The designer even had his own form of camouflage on some trims of jacket and pants. Colors coincided with autumn’s falling leaves in the form of leaf green, earth brown, sunset red and burnt orange. As is the norm for Watanabe’s collection, patches of fabric were welded together on a majority of the looks, and proportions were diverted into new ideas.

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