noir kei ninomiya
After attending Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts, designer Kei Ninomiya left his studies to pursue his love of design, ultimately launching his fashion career. Joining the avant-garde team at Comme des Garçons in September 2008, Ninomiya began working under the eclectic and renowned Rei Kawakubo (founder of CDG) as a pattern maker. Becoming a designer in 2012 (after eight seasons) is what led to the inception of his line, noir kei ninomiya—a collection largely inspired by Ninomiya’s favourite colour—black (as the name would suggest).
The Japanese designer, who is barely over the age of thirty, is quickly becoming known for his innovative abilities—not to mention the architectural quality of his creations. For instance, Ninomiya’s Spring/Summer 2015 line featured an entire collection without sewing—instead, the pieces are held together with tiny studs, using a careful folding method.
With an almost steampunk quality to the piece, the pleated tulle skirt is a statement piece. Made up of polyester and cupro, the voluminous skirt, which is available in a deep ebony shade, is a memorable article from noir kei ninomiya’s Spring/Summer 2015 line.
This textured jacket features an intricate pattern of eyelet and chain detailing across the shoulders. The Organza Jacket, which has a bolero-like quality to it, is representative of the designer’s signature tendency towards creating adventurous yet refined pieces.