Junya Watanabe Spring Summer 2024 collection fashion show at Paris Fashion Week SS24 (September 30, 2023).
Junya Watanabe's Spring Summer 2024 collection emerges as a standout amidst a European season abundant with denim, commanding attention with its mastery of seaming, volume, and boundless imagination.
This collection is nothing short of resolutely radical, akin to a prickly cactus, characterized by striking geometric shapes—pyramids, arcs, cylinders, and planks. It's as though the models themselves became magnets, and metal building blocks spontaneously converged around them, forming an enigmatic fusion of artistry and fashion.
Watanabe aptly described the collection's theme as "creating objects, not clothes." This statement paints a vivid picture of the avant-garde spirit that pervades his designs, evoking a sense of wonder akin to the Instagram account Rick Dick's quest for Moravian stars to juxtapose with these strikingly pointed garments.
Familiar Watanabe archetypes make appearances, including his beloved leather biker jackets, bombers, and abstract interpretations of Rue Cambon. Additionally, a triangular take on jodhpurs hints at a fashion future fit for the metaverse.
Zippers, metallic snaps, tweed fabrics, and gold buttons serve as markers of these archetypes, yet silhouettes are elevated to new dimensions through exploded sleeves, exaggerated fabric flaps, portholes of various shapes, and dangling rods of fabric, whether straight or gracefully arched. The designs are presented in a palette of black and red felt, adding a sense of drama and intensity.
It's safe to say that these sharp-edged garments, or rather, objects, are destined for collectors rather than commuters—items that command attention and respect but also demand cautious handling. They possess the potential to leave a lasting impact.
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