Junya Watanabe


Paris: The invitation for Junya Watanabe’s S/S 12 collection depicted a summer cornfield billowing in the wind, offering a hint of its Parisian garden setting. To George Harrison singing “My Sweet Lord”, models roamed the land in humble ensembles that would work just as well at a musical festival as they would on an Iowa farm or Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn. The designer’s longtime fascination with practical workwear took a more laid-back direction this season, with overalls, waxed hunting coats, patched denim, duck boots and colorful parkas. Watanabe’s simple yet impactful design aesthetic offers men uncomplicated and unpretentious clothing that has been updated in luxurious and subtly creative ways. As Watanabe continues to prove, avante-garde design can be truly wearable.  —Michael Fisher

Color: Indigo and chambray blue / Olive / Orange / Red

Key Items: Denim overalls / Floral printed woven shirts / Patched jeans / Nylon parkas and anoraks / Waxed-coated hunting jackets / Madras shorts / Pieced chambray shirts / Plaid shirts

Materials: Waxed-coated canvas / Denim / Chambray / Cotton twill / “Pleather”

Details + Trim: Pieced construction / Patterned lining for jackets / Contrast cuffs on denim / Carpenter details on denim / Patch pockets / Drawstrings / Patchwork details on pants and shirts / Contrast stitching / Inside-out pockets and seams / Exposed taping for plackets

Accessories + Footwear: Trickers desert boots / Wellies / Rubber duck boots / Bucket hats

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