Monday, March 30, 2015

BEAUTY: Clothing--Kunihiko Morinaga/Anrealage

Kunihiko Morinaga, the creative director of Japanese label Anrealage, showed his second collection at Paris Fashion Week recently. Regular readers know that I normally only cover men's fashion, but this Fall-Winter '15-'16 collection, entitled "Light" is so innovative, so artistic, so imaginative, and so startling, I feel compelled to share.

Based on the idea of a beam of light in darkness, the black color palette showed off luminous white circles in the center of each look. This brought to mind the idea of the moon, of planets, of the sun. Models were blacked out as well--they also wore black helmet-like hats that resembled the rocky cratered surface of the moon (our moon or perhaps another) but also brought to mind the helmets the space shuttle attendants wore in "2001: A Space Odyssey." I am sure this is on purpose to reinforce this other-worldly, inter-planetary theme. Even the silhouette of the garments are in a circle, suggesting a planet, a spiral galaxy...

But even more startling was the introduction, half way through the show, of a special all-black fabric that shows wild colorful prints only when seen under ultraviolet light! Phenomenal!

Watch the video to see the clothes in motion, to hear the astounding classical/electronic score, and to witness the amazing black/print fabric for yourself.

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