Originally a protégé of Rei Kawakubo (the mastermind behind the Comme des Garçons), Junya Watanabe worked for the designer as a patternmaker until being promoted to the position of design director of CDG’s Tricot knitwear line in 1987, going on to work for the CDG Homme line until 1992, when he launched his own label. Launching his own line in the 90’s (under the Comme des Garçons label), the Japanese designer, who graduated from the prestigious Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo in 1984, is known for the futuristic, almost mathematical style of his collections. Taking a very technical approach to his designs, the Fukushima native has used everything from boiled wool to cape sleeves to florals in his pieces. He has even gone so far as to collaborate with everyday brands like Converse, Nike and Fred Perry to create more traditional clothing.
Presenting his SS15 collection with models that took on the appearance of living dolls, Watanabe strayed away from his usual minimalistic and neutral approach, presenting a lively collection, vibrant with brilliant colours and retro headpieces to kick off not only a new season, but another realized vision for the evolutionary Watanabe—which is nothing short of what the fashion world has come to expect of the revolutionary designer.
As delicate as it is edgy, Junya Watanabe’s Faux Croc Jacket is a wardrobe staple perfect for those chillier summer evenings. Working as a transitional piece for the modern women moving through a day of work to evening meetings, the jacket, which features intricate zippered pockets, reflects Watanabe’s classic style.
Featuring two brilliant shades of royal blue, the Shaped Knit showcases a capped sleeve, offering an intricately structured top. The ready-to-wear cotton/polyester knit is elaborate, creating the structured silhouette that Watanabe is so known for—making it suitable for both office and evening wear.