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TSUMORI CHISATO

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CIRCUS CIRCUS

Paris: Wit and whimsy is Japanese designer Tsumori Chisato’s territory and there she delightfully stayed for her 20th anniversary show. Chisato is known for her joyous use of prints and graphics and laissez-faire attitude towards color, and she seamlessly wove these elements into several stories that were loosely based on the concept of circus performers and gypsy vagabonds. While her signature floaty frocks made several appearances, her ethereal take on outerwear was the true standout of the fantastical collection. Hooded woolen cloaks and military-style capes offered fresh alternatives to the ubiquitous double breasted jacket. Stripes also played a key role this season, gracing everything from delicate tops to hosiery as well as a pair of scene-stealing draped pants. Baroque gold brocade and braided tassel trims added a luxurious touch, demonstrating Chisato’s artistry from the big picture all the way down to the tiniest details.

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