Highly acclaimed Japanese designer, Junya Watanabe, a pupil of Ms Rei Kawakubo, launched his own line in 2001 continuing to be part of the Comme des Garçons group.
Watanabe radically reinterprets classics creating both cutting-edge and wearable pieces.
He is renowned for an intellectual, though avant-garde approach.
His collections feature conceptual designs with experimental tailoring and avant-garde textiles.
The silhouettes are futuristic with textured detailing and geometric prints. Highlights of saturated colour in a monochrome palette often animate the ranges.
For AW 16, Junya Watanabe showed an exceptional work, for the technique and style of the clothes, but also improving the life of their wearer. Many of his tailored coats and backpacks feature with solar panels.
Neat tailoring, worn with shirt and no tie; with the added functional details the Watanabe customer looks for. The solar panels at first look like modern decorations, trim on the bottom of a black coat, or on the back of tailored coats.
Again Watanabe’s fascination with advanced math and geometry comes through, this time, it was more a pure geometry class, than a poetic origami expression.
Watanabe bonded and coated the fabrics to protect his wearers against the elements, retaining heat and resisting water all responding to the practical ethos running through the AW16 collection.