Hippies, crispy ravers, anyone who does not wash his hair, saying: “It will clean itself” the idea of going to Goa, macramé, homemade crafts, didgeridoo … and so on. This could be seen as a collection and a show incorporating some of the most reviled things reviewer. Yet that would only be on the surface; Junya Watanabe in the hands of such horrors became a source of great inspiration there much more often. It takes as its starting point the humble shirt fringed tassel the dearest trade of the beach shirt and customizing boring home decor.
Watanabe used it largely immaculately, and extravagant effect. While many have been using tight pleated accordion for architectural experimentation this season, Watanabe used strip. It began in the T-shirt-black, fringed long, extravagant proportions, some just twisted silhouettes and beautifully wrapped. By the time they returned those looks beige and gray, there was a sense of oddly antique and classic to the collection. The hair could have started as the crunchy raver, with small braids piled completely disordered, but the connotations become something else entirely. This is when Aphex Twin song “Digeridoo” launched with full emphasis.
It turns out that Richard D. James (Aphex Twin) is not a fan of the instrument as either, and worked hard to create a similar buzz electronically. In any case it is a metaphor of what makes Junya Watanabe, that is. In this collection there was a link between the past, present and future; was the idea of something changing, but always maintaining the same which was defined as “Folklore” Watanabe. Now the halo assumed the connotations of the American West, and was both evocative in Richard Avedon, Ralph Lauren, and the sense of Native Americans. The band joined delicate cuts horizontal waterfall. Suede, or rather suedette, took place before, totally elegant, especially in one-layer long dress with open back. Excellent denim Watanabe once again outstanding, and headed back to one of the new folklore figures found above.