Trapped in a Room

Paris…Number (N)ine

Takahiro Miyashita’s Number (N)ine collection is no stranger to American influences of the West, with past seasons looking towards Seattle’s Nirvana and movies like “My Own Private Idaho.” For F/W 09/10, the designer was inspired by the carpets, curtains and furnishings of his hotel room in Alaska during one of his recent trips. With a collection named “A Closed Feeling,” it’s quite a surprise that what came down the runway was anything but restrictive and claustrophobic. Ornate buttons, ruching, tassels, and even trims like curtain tie-backs abound on the dusty, quiet colors and patterns.  Reminding us of his constant adoration of grunge, the work boots and thermal tights snapped attendees back to Number (N)ine’s reality. The jackets were the standout stars here, with his usual showing of shearpa and leather trim, but this time, some were finished with a vintage wallpaper pattern any Midwest housewife would love. The result of such contrasting, gentle prints, and details like lace and netting was a conflicted, yet evolved man.


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