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Junya Watanabe

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SAIL AWAY

Paris: Junya Watanabe is a master at taking styles from the past and making them relevant for the modern man. For S/S 11, the designer was in the mood to set sail, somehow breathing new life into the now-ubiquitous nautical trend. Breton knits ruled the collection, and some of the sweaters were a collaboration with purveyor of yacht-cool, Saint James. Toggles were used as closures on cotton poplin, canvas and linen jackets, and crisp striped pants were rolled up, bringing attention to the posh white bucks on models’ feet. A tipped heather grey jersey blazer was trend-right for a classics-driven season; another blazer had red and navy horizontal stripes, injecting a dose of dapper into the look. Three of the esembles included waterproof parkas in blue, red and yellow, offering diversions from the navy and ivory color scheme. Watanabe seems to be continuing his exploration of fantasized slices of Americana, each season managing to transform the familiar into something new.

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