Okay, so I’m a loyal person, especially when it comes to supporting New Zealand fashion designers, but I find myself suddenly s.w.a.y.e.d!
You’ll most likely hear from me (in future posts), about my love for Japanese fashion…and now that Tsumori Chisato is on my radar, I am totally obsessed.
Chisato attended a fashion design school in Tokyo, and later began working with Issey Miyake in the mid-seventies; soon taking her own work to Paris, and she now has a strong following in the US. Her aesthetic is described as “…a healthy dose of manga/bohemian cuteness” with a focus on prints. Looking at her online store I can’t get past the bold printed graphic knits and colourful tunics. Her designs go from ethereal to tailored, and a statement piece would add a bit of edge to the most conservative of wardrobes without being over-powering. She also has a playful accessories range which includes; printed stockings, purses, scarves and bags.
From top: Cat’s Brown Pullover- Head of Cat
Black Dress Building (above)
So now I find myself stalking Tsumori’s Resort 2014 collection which looks oh, so wearable. From a white, black and gold jumpsuit (which reminds me of one of my Mum’s that I coveted in my teens, and wish I could find now), to cute A-Line and shift dresses utilizing a selection of contrasting fabrics, and prints. In particular I like the voluminous bell sleeves on the more structured dresses, but she can work ‘delicate’ too, with sheer fabrics on more whimsical garments that are none-the-less still theatrical. When I see her use of print, I can’t help but think of beautiful patterned origami paper, or the designs on a Kimono– either way, the use of pattern can be bright and statement-making, or conversely, more subdued. I think that’s what appeals to me the most about her eye — her designs are theatrical and in-keeping with a strong and identifiable cultural aesthetic, whilst being modern and edgy. She uses colour and pattern exceptionally well, and constructs garments with an emphasis on ‘shape,’ which is so visually appealing, with these more structured pieces (which I am most fond of) being almost architectural/ sculptural works of art.
But whilst not everyone wants to head out making such grand style statements, her softer feminine pieces have an ease to them too, which makes her designs so covetable and accessible.
Yes…I am swayed!!!
From her Resort Collection 2014
Loving the 60’s shape and pop of colour on this beautiful coat.
Did someone say ‘Colour?’ I’m always a fan of Neon!