COMME des GARCONS JUNYA WATANABE MAN presented its latest collection at the library of Lycee Henri-IV in Paris, France.
The picture of a pine tree on the runway resembles the stage of Noh, a classical Japanese musical drama. Yokyoku, the vocals of Noh music, began the show along with looks introducing patchwork and aizome (indigo dye) items. The models wore their hair as topknots and sported setta (leather-soled Japanese sandals) on their feet. Traditional motifs such as trihexagonal tiling, chrysanthemums, pine bark lozenge patterns and dragons were fused with western elements such as stripes and checks on modern style hooded blousons and jackets. Bags were imaged after furoshiki, Japanese wrapping cloth.
Brilliant patchworks were created by combining numerous print fabrics and embroidery made to look like Sashiko stitching. The brand successfully showed traditional Japanese craftsmanship under a new light.