The mood at Junya Watanabe this morning was light and breezy, with the venue turfed out in artificial grass and the gentle guitar strums of Jack Johnson wafting through the air. The invitation showed hilly countryside with three colorful chairs looking out over a lake, and this is exactly what we got — a cool collection of hiking classics.
The signature Watanabe patchwork and inside-out details were utilized to display the functional elements of the garments. Pockets, waistbands, and hunting details were highlighted in mismatched fabrications. The models crossed in front of each other, patting each other on the backs light-heartedly as they passed, and occasionally posing together like old friends for the photographers.
The bags were key to the collection, and formed the basis of a new collaboration with German rucksack specialists Seil Marschall, whose fabrics lent themselves to the outerwear as well; indeed, a label featured the two logos jointly.
The show stuck rigidly to this hiking format, later revealing a floral motif, surely the biggest trend of the season, recalling botanical illustrations, the kind that you would sketch in your little notebook on a hilltop while taking a rest from all that walking.