Junya Watanabe best known for his high-end fashion that uses unusual and tech-savvy fabrics. Glow-in-the-dark fibers and waterproof fabrics mixed with volumetric experiments create Watanabe’s signature avant-garde collections.
Watanabe first apprenticed with Comme de Garcons where he developed his skills working with the innovative line. In 1992, Watanabe showed his first solo collection under the COmme des Garcons umbrella. Since then, he has developed his own lines for both men and women.
One of the things I admire about Watanabe’s work is that he has such drive and focus. An army jacket caught his eye, so he created an entire line around the lines and shapes of the jacket. Often I feel so scattered in my own studio it’s great to see there is another way to go about it.
Another example is his spring 2011 line. He decided to use stripes as his inspiration since they are what he saw hinself wearing this year. The clothes are loose and playful and, of course, striped! I love that the stripes go in different directions so that those of us with hips don’t have to have horizontal stripes running their way across them. Also, striped cropped pants are super cute!