I discovered this line by Japanese designer Hanako Maeda last season, I believe, and I fell in love with her mix of furs, leathers and ingenious prints. This season, my girl is back at it!
I find that she is often inspired by flowers; last season it was hydrangeas and this season it is the pale blush of chrysanthemums against white snow. Paradoxically, Maeda often includes a dark palette in her collections, which provides an interesting balance between the soft and hard components; this season’s collection includes notes of white, pale pink, gray and black.
I was looking forward to the inclusion of fur and leather, especially after seeing those wide-leg leather trousers, but I fell for the technique– of course. There were a range of silhouettes, high slits, mix of textures, great draping and pleating, great separates and fabulous coats. One technique I really love is that fur seems to be an integral part in a few of the designs; a black dress with a diagonal strip of fur across the chest, the black wraparound coat (reminiscent of a dress) with an outer layer of fur, the half-leather half-fur coat (fav!)–these looks really show the multiple influences of this collection.
I can’t help but feel like there are menswear inspirations peeking through as well after seeing more than a few pieces donning pinstripes, oxford-like necklines and slits high enough to make skirt panels resemble pant legs. Is it just me? Oh well.
Check it out yourself!
*favorites: looks 3, 4 & 5