Japanese fashion designer Junya Watanabe presented his Spring/Summer 2019 collection at Paris Fashion Week last week, highlighting military inspiration and clear utilitarian direction. Known for his strong use of technology-infused pieces, the former protégé of Rei Kawakubo pushed the boundaries in functional design.
Displaying a large range of printed basics and staple pieces reflecting the child obsession of the designer, Watanabe applied heavy layering of utility belts, vests and bulky outerwear. Along with stripes and checks, the collection featured a range of random colour-blocking, moving away from his usual palette – think pastel pinks and army green – along with strong use military camouflage.
Grounding each look, simple tennis shoes were on show as well as glasses and beanies, with the models teasing upcoming collaborations with the likes of Ark Air, Beton Cire, Heinrich Dinkelacker, Levi’s, New Balance, and Trickers.
Explore the collection below.