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Junya Watanabe

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BEBOP REMIX

Inspired by Bebop, a complex, improvisational jazz style that emerged in early 1940s, Junya Watanabe’s  F/W 10 collection was characterized by fast tempo and creative riffs on classics. With his genius for taking time-honored menswear elements and remixing them for the modern man, Watanabe presented jackets and outerwear with subtly-placed contrasting panels — bits of brights, plaids or camouflage — placed under arms or used as side panels, breaking up shrunken suits and utility outerwear. The wingtip sneakers were some of the strongest  footwear seen this season, and the mix of tailored pieces and knit ties with raw denim and work boots really spoke to the way men dress in this new decade. Bebop practitioners like Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, who embodied “cool cat” style with their slim suits, sunglasses and porkpie hats, would have fit right in.

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