Monday, October 19, 2009

Fashion Reverberation

The froth of “Fashion Month” has lost a bit of its addictive essence, and editors have returned to their desks (finally!), remembered what their fall clothes look like (it’s officially cold in the fashion capitals) and perhaps embarked on side travels to cover the Frieze Art Fair and Los Angeles Fashion Week. In the throes of the season Debut New York remains focused on what’s next, and turns with renewed anticipation to Japan Fashion Week taking place presently half a world away in Tokyo. 

Specifically one of our current in-store favorites will be showing his second collection, and we find it fitting to focus on the premier range - exclusively available in the Americas at Debut – of Sachio Kawasaki. His namesake collection is a study of depth in every sense. The formally trained designer studied in London at the Chelsea College of Art & Design and Central Saint Martins - with a stint at Balenciaga to boot – and officially debuted for the Autumn/Winter 2009 season with a runway show at Japan Fashion Week (his graduate collection for A/W 2008 was presented in London). The designer fuses the multi-dimensional elements of textile and structure to create a pure aesthetic stretching beyond basic luxury, and into fine art territory.

Titled “Wave of Sound,” the collection is simple, yet deceptively elegant. Kawasaki’s creations are whipped up with the intrinsically linked components of inspired, unique 2-D patterns and 3-D shapes, and softly, precisely draped into the most wearable separates that attain a new manipulation and balance of proportion.

The purity of this approach has rendered the perfect Little Black dress, albeit one with a subtle, origami-like construction in the lightest silk. A Mia Farrow circa Rosemary’s Baby empire waist blouson sleeve dress appears at first glance to be made from lustrous duchess satin, yet is in fact a smooth and sculpted cashmere/silk blend of ivory with jet black looping graphic lines that draw the eye across natural contours – a true harmony.

1 comment:

  1. hello lisa.

    i can't remember where i've seen kawasaki's works before, but i do remember them. jfw has been looking amazing so far. i hope i get the chance to show there one day.

    as a young designer myself, it's really encouraging that there are stores like yours who are so supportive of us. thank you!