Known for continually pushing the boundaries of technology-infused clothing, Junya Watanabe’s latest runway presentation marked no exception, and further built on both the advances and aesthetic sensibilities praised in previous seasons.

Representative of a child-like obsession for heroes and hobbies, the brand’s SS19 collection boasted components key to Junya’s design DNA; deconstructed camouflage fabric-blocking, and a nod to more utilitarian themes through the deployment of hardy silhouettes. And what would any Junya collection be without a solid selection of rich, blue shirting, wide-cut trousers, gingham checks, and an edge of refined tailoring?

Refreshingly however, it seems as though the designer made a conscious decision to move away from his usual palette, as both patterns and color choices veered towards a more playful direction; something quite uncanny of his otherwise regimented approach. One design that stood out in particular was illustrator Tracey English’s Apples, seen across both long- and short-sleeved shirting.

As well as this, the presentation pushed technical outerwear to a new level with a smattering of checked gilets, that were of all things, solar-powered, and equipped with enough pockets to give Engineered Garments a run for its money. It was also nice to see the brand venture further into the realms of luggage, with chest rigs, hip and cross-body bags featuring heavily throughout.

Models on the runway also teased forthcoming collaborations with Ark Air, Beton Cire, Heinrich Dinkelacker, Levi’s, New Balance, and Trickers.

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