Uniforms Reimagined – Junichi Abe’s Youthful Kolor Collection SS25 by Leticia Dare

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Junichi Abe’s Spring/Summer 2025 collection for Kolor is an exciting medley of everyday wear with an edge. Abe, the genius behind Kolor, continues to elevate the mundane wardrobe, infusing it with subtle yet captivating details. This season, he redefines workwear with a youthful twist, presenting cargo trousers, overalls, multi-pocket jackets, and waistcoats—including a quirky fishnet version with detachable pockets. It’s utilitarian fashion, but not as you know it.

Abe’s imaginative vision takes a familiar blue shirt and marries it with jacket lapels and exposed seams. Trousers are a playful hybrid of colors and styles, seemingly layered atop one another. His pièce de résistance? A gold-buttoned blazer that cheekily reveals its inner workings, stripped down to its lining at the back. Elsewhere, a light blue blouse effortlessly tucks into a loose peach number, creating a casual yet chic ensemble.

Nylon reigned supreme this season, a clever choice for a mixed men’s and women’s show held in the garden of the Lycée Henri IV. The weather narrowly missed raining on Abe’s parade, but even a downpour couldn’t dampen the collection’s spirit. Featherweight and waterproof, nylon was spun into trousers, shorts, dresses, and elegant windbreaker shirts with puffed sleeves. A classic jacket, cut from lining fabric, made its appearance, embodying Abe’s knack for turning the ordinary into extraordinary.

Layering, a hallmark of Abe’s artistry, was on full display. Giant trouser tops doubled as skirts over tight pants, and overcoats paired up, creating a dynamic duo. Short jackets boasted pockets galore, while a white cotton blouse layered over a striped wool knit sweater exuded casual sophistication. The sporty and scholarly collided in American football shirts bearing the emblem of “Kor University.”

Abe’s vision for Spring/Summer 2025 is one of “very simple but very strong looks,” as he mentioned backstage. Uniforms served as a muse, their utilitarian essence reimagined into unforgettable garments. The collection ventured beyond military inspiration, embracing sports and security gear, translating them into street-ready pieces. A vibrant palette of dark teals, yellows, and purples invigorated the collection, harmonizing with earthy beiges, khakis, and olive greens.

Responding to summer’s call, Abe chose lightweight materials that danced with movement. Cottons, nylons, and breezy wools transformed into flowing parachute skirts, tailored slacks, oversized windbreakers, and boxy blousons. The result? A carefree, youthful spirit perfect for the season.





Leticia Dare

Leticia Dare is the Fashion Director for ASVOF.