Junya Watanabe takes a dramatic turn this season with clothes as performance rather than clothes for performance. The fabrics feature PVC and leatherette with the “patchwork madness” of last season morphing into more abstract circular shapes and constructions – or as Junya calls it “graphic marching”. The “graphic marching” idea is inspired by the “machine age” woman of the early 20thcentury. She is a machine, wearing vinyl circular forms and marching forward through this century with confidence, intelligence and style. The enamel punching fabric perforated PVC skirt in black or white is the pinnacle representation of the woman as a machine element of this collection. The skirt is A-line and strictly shaped, with no flexibility or looseness in tailoring, which contrasts with the collections of most other designers this season who have opted for freedom and lightness in skirts. Junya was consistent with high-fashion trend however with her representation of knits in spring/summer. Junya maintains the theme of her collection with the polyester round knit jersey that is perfectly round in shape and comes in colours of red, navy and black. When paired with the PVC skirt, it is a sophisticated and savvy outfit that stands out for its originality in shape and material, and empowering in its “machine woman” ideology. Another intended look by Junya this season is the girl-as-a-living-doll look. The Cape Knit, in black or top grey, is a straight coat that embodies this look, while still exuding a sense of confidence and sophistication in its length and heaviness. The clothes are designed as everyday pieces that make statements in themselves due to their ability to empower and capture attention by unique fabrication and structure, particularly when paired together. Each piece in the collection complements each other to tell a story and a moral with every outfit.
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