Dear Shaded Viewers,
Mixing the odd and the poetic is one of Jun Takahashi's many talents, as well as his constant questioning of clothes and sartorial genres. His powerful and moving show, which was unveiled in Paris today, envisaged women as otherwordly creatures, half-human and half-animal, wearing thick faux astrakhan pants, intricate knitwear pieces and hybrid garments that fused sportswear with tailored shapes, giving a symbolistic and surrealistic feel to the whole lineup. If Takahashi's models looked like princesses lost in wilderness, they nevertheless walked peacefully on the runway, oozing genuine confidence. Outerwear was strong and desirable, from a wild and shaggy green single-breasted coat -worn with matching purse- to a beautifully cut oversized herringbone number, sported by German model Christina Kruse. The casting was, in fact, diverse and inclusive, celebrating the beauty of women from various age groups. With quirky accessories and creative color combinations, this was a ravishing and inspiring show.