May 23, 2019 | By Alice Gividen
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Paris: Junko Shimada has been working in Paris for decades, but although her collections often display a French sophistication, they retain their Japanese sense of humor. For S/S 11, Shimada expressed this playfulness through oversize patterns and simple silhouettes, incorporating blown up polka dots, anchor repeats and stripes made of trompe l’oeil rope. Jarring colors kept these ideas from seeming trite, mixing on-trend orange and pale, cosmetic pink with the usual nautical white and blue, and pairing each ensemble with stacked heels in multiple, Lego-set tones. Body-skimming shift dresses, floor-length halter neck frocks and wide leg sailor pants were among the most successful pieces, all of which communicated a whimsical creativity representative of both Shimada’s body of work and her native land.
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