Saturday, March 5, 2016

Junya Watanabe PFW fall 2016



This is not my usual territory, but I am forced to recognize this collection this season to make, my point. If fashion has become a spectator sport for the public consumption, then Junya Watanabe is a rock star. Though not exactly of mass appeal or even comprehensible to many, the designer struck a chord here with clothes that are conceived and designed which is something so few seem to be capable of or even grasp the concept of. What struck me like a bolt of lightning is that this collection reminded me of Pierre Cardin, the Cardin of the 60s, 70s and 80s. The Cardin of the space age, the Cardin that so many dismissed as crazy or “out there.” 
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Watanabe delivered high concept clothes that put all the Vetements and Jacquemuses to shame. This was an impeccable presentation that showed off the art and craft of fashion as well as the imagination and skill set of a designer who so often is ignored because... well .. It’s not hot or cool, yeah well, give me a show like this any day of the week that not only builds a case for fashion as an art form but displays a skill set that 95% of the current designer crop will never come close to.
 
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Besides Cardin, one might also be reminded of Capucci and possibly even Delpozo. This particular show is what elevates and celebrates fashion rather than drags it down to the curb, it is my opinion that most will not get it and even more will just call it trash but hell this was freakin amazing and instead of the mavens trying to spin a trash heap of rags, let them laud an unrivaled talent who astounds rather than bores. Imagine that all this show required was a runway as the clothes spoke volumes more than elaborate sets and distractions that often charitably detour your attention away from the clothes themselves.
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