As innovative and experimental as Japanese label Sacai may be, at it’s heart is a desire to transform classical, basic garments into timeless and elegant staple items that can easily transition from one occasion to the next. Designer Chitose Abe established the line in 1999 after eight years working on the Junya Watanabe line for Comme Des Garçons, and has become known for her clever play with shape and proportion, as well as her juxtaposition of contrasting fabrics and textures. Unique and well crafted, these careful renderings of classic styles create a refreshing and distinctive alternative to conventional menswear.
The theme of the Fall/Winter 2016 collection is life and love, something that Abe figures most people could do with more of. How this theme translates into the clothes is through the extra care, processes, and treatments seen on each piece: intricate knitting and quilting, soft velvet linings, and more. A sharp attention to detail is not unusual for Sacai, and this season’s complex mixing and layering of fabrics and details clearly shows the loving hand that created them.
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