Japanese conceptual fashion designer
(image from wwdjapan.com):
is the creative behind the RTW label
a fusion of real and unreal, the expected and the unexpected –
combining inventive design elements that are
at once in contradiction and yet wonderfully in sync.
Consider the Anrealage s/s 2013 collection,
presented during Tokyo Fashion Week
and fittingly called
It was of an aesthetic of hard and soft elements:
an exo- skeletal, grid exterior encasing
a fragile, delicate interior : the ladylike tea dresses –
a juxtaposition of opposites.
(images from style.com):
Anrealage, s/s 2013
Morinaga is a master of light/fibre optics technology,
which was used for the exo-skeletal structures.
He expertly integrates innovative elements
into his design to further the narrative.
His s/s 2013 collection was a tale of imagery:
hard/rigidity with soft/delicacy.
The Anrealage a/w 2013 collection seems also to incorporate
the idea of contradictions in harmony.
The collection is titled
A Colour Un Colour
As to be expected from Morinaga …
expect the unexpected.
There is an eerie mix of playfulness and austerity.
It is how this is achieved, which wowed the show’s attendees and
as always, intrigues the aficionados of Morinaga’s work.
In his a/w 2013 runway show, Morinaga presented
pieces reminiscent of the playful, progressive
1920s fashion sensibilities:
straight-line chemise, shifts, no waistline for dresses
menswear inspired tailoring for trouser suits.
There was a severe factor – accomplished by the models’ stern expressions
and the rigid headdress.
Models wore hard, helmet-like coifs chiselled into
1920s-esque finger curls.
This play on opposites in harmony, seems presented in the collection
as a combining of:
youth paired with maturity
rigidity paired with flowing
stern paired with soft
as expressed through the effects of colour, print, pattern, styling
As expected, Morinaga used optic technology,
to enhance the visual impact of the runway show.
Yet, what was wholly unexpected was the execution.
What initially appeared as monochrome pieces
were transformed into pastel and sherbert hues.
As models stood at unflinching attention,
the clothes subtly and softly changed in colour –
a visual feat accomplished by use of
Anrealage a/w 2013
Watch the runway presentation:
A Colour Un Colour
Anrealage – Runway Show