May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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Sep 28, 2014
Paris: Like his mentor Rei Kawakubo, Junya Watanabe is a designer who knows how to have fun with fashion – toying with conventional ideas of form and fit. Bold colours were used in Breton-striped sweaters, fine gauge knitwear, cropped and A-line patent leather skirts, and foulard hem skirts. Print was key to the collection and a range of abstract geometrics were shown on dresses and overalls – except for the final looks – open-mouthed emojis appeared to be eating their way through the gridded patterning. Fashion needs a wild card or two and Watanabe offers masterfully created chaos to good effect. – Elle Hankinson
Silhouette: Abstract and sculpted
Key items: Foulard hem patent skirts / Origami overalls / 3-D dresses / Polka dot bubble skirt / Bubble shoulder Breton t-shirt / Patent spliced cape / Geo snowflake top
Colour: Baby pink / Coral red / Candy pink / Cyan blue / Flame orange / Black / White / Grey
Print & Pattern: Abstract geometrics / Oversized polka dots / Breton stripes / Bold floral print / Digital denim print
Materials & Knits: PVC / Patent leather / Gauze / Crinoline / Leather / Glitter
Footwear: Leather brogue flatforms
Accessories: Blow-up plastic helmets / White ankle socks
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