Coverage from Day 3- my sections are highlighted underneath!
Michiko Koshino took us on an island getaway this season – models wore shoes adorned with foliage; held coconuts which they intermittently sipped from; and a select few even donned leafy headgear. The greens and florals in lightweight cotton and linen reflected the usual wardrobe in the tropical paradise of Hawaii.
Silhouettes were simple and relaxed with comfortable bomber jackets (one of which was her signature inflatable), loose shirts (the exception being one extremely cropped skin-tight long-sleeve top), dungarees, and wide cargo pants. There were occasional bursts of neon in neckties and in what looked to be a dress underneath the inflatable bomber and although the colours may have seemed jarring and unnatural, it was, in fact, reflective of the vibrant, electric nature of much of Hawaii’s flora.
Effortlessly cool, Michiko Koshino shows us that streetwear needn’t be limited to slick city outfits in shades of grey and black and can instead evoke a fun jet-setting traveller who doesn’t take himself too seriously.
SHO – Something to Hate On was one of the younger labels on the schedule this season, having only been established in 2016, but they have undeniably already carved out a space for themselves. Formed as a creative platform for young, emerging artists to exhibit their work, their events are immersive and interactive, usually taking shape as parties, pop-ups or exhibitions. This season, their Bolt capsule collection was an expansion of their original black and white designs, which are now fabricated in new colours and textiles. (Side note: words cannot express how much I want the entire purple velvet tracksuit.)
Through a collaboration with artist Kai Schacter, we see denim, cotton, and cashmere pieces with seemingly random smears of paint on them. These have, in fact, been carefully crafted as an ode to Kai’s own paint-covered wardrobe during his creative process. A partnership with Palmer Pouch, a utility workwear brand, has also resulted in a boiler suit as well as pouch-like bags which serve as both functional and stylish streetwear.
Another fact worth mentioning is the use of exclusively black models- gotta love that representation! Let’s hope more designers begin to consider diversity in their casting choices; even though we’ve made significant progress in that respect, there’s still a long way to go.