There has been talk of a women’s visvim collection for some time now – a natural progression that would mirror the relaxed aesthetic of the successful menswear label. Typically, creative director, Hiroki Nakamura has opted for a soft launch this autumn with London’s multi-brand emporium, Dover Street Market as the exclusive retailer for WMV outside of Japan. Designed in close collaboration with his wife, Kelsi, the collection is small and concise whilst offering plenty of recognizable clues as to the design direction. Americana-influenced wardrobe essentials that heavily feature their artisanal origins.
During a recent conversation with Highsnobiety, Nakamura talked us through some of the pieces currently on DSM’s shop floor. WMV brought in a traditional Japanese manufacturer of school uniforms to make up their linen and wool mix workwear dresses. A deceptively simple shift dress fashioned out of a square of fabric is colored with cochineal dye giving it a rich crimson hue that rivals the indigo that is a hallmark of Nakamura’s menswear. And a butter soft lambskin jacket with its hand-rubbed natural dye locates the collection as a serious luxury consideration.
Throughout the presentation, Nakamura and his wife emphasized the desire of easy pieces that could work throughout a whole day. Simple utilitarian clothing that promote a sense of authenticity, with its inherent construction through yarn and fabric as the starting point of every collection. “I like the native American reference because they are often organic and raw. There is the constant balance of beauty in nature,” he explained.