The new Junya Watanabe Fall/Winter 2017 show started off right. A model walked out onto the runway and through a The North Face duffel bag at the foot of some speakers that were pumping out hip-hop music. The gesture clearly framed the entire show, which was all about the ’90s.
Watanabe continued with what he does best: taking elements and iconic logos and mixing them up. Parts of the duffle bag could be found on several outerwear pieces later on. Furthermore a lot of iconic sportswear pieces, namely the varsity jacket, got remixed with The North Face, Carhartt, Barbour, Gloverall, and other iconic outerwear brand materials and logos. Collaborations are not new to the Japanese designer, but rather an integral part to his seasonal offering. As such Levi’s is also back for another season of denim. Workwear plaid an important role too, yet that we got used to over the years from Junya Watanabe. Elements of the current motorcycle leather jacket trend could also be found, through the use of similar sleeve constructions and of course the bright colors. While the last few collections by the designer were dominated by the suit, we are happy to see sportswear make a strong return!
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