Japanese designer Junya Watanabe blossomed under Rey Kawakubo’s teaching, and has been crafting, for over 20 years, an intellectual fashion that revolves around shape and technicality.
Watanabe attended Tokyo’s Bunka Fashion Institute – in the footsteps of Yohji Yamamoto and Kenzo Takada – before making patterns for Kawakubo in 1984. He was named Comme des Garçons’ head of knitwear in 1987. In 1992, he launched his brand, encouraged by his mentor.
As technical as it is technological, Watanabe’s style has always been refined, complex, geometrical and futuristic, toying with draping and cutting, only to better reconstruct.
For Fall/Winter 2016, origami is the word. Angular or rounded shapes twist and turn around the body in monochromatic silhouettes. Losing the body’s outline to build – literally – the garment around it, Watanabe crafts the stepping stone of a sartorial sculpture.