Editor’s Pick: YOHEI OHNO Spring 2019 RTW. The latest collection dives deep into the futuristic side of Californian summer.
Before launching his independent label YOHEI OHNO in 2014, the Tokyo-based fashion designer started his education at Bunka Fashion College and fixated his eyes on pattern cutting and sewing, making it a no surprise that each of his pieces is very neatly constructed and innovative. Yohei’s way of clothes-making is designing through a research-like standpoint. As many designers would be inspired by nature, he is drawn towards man-made objects, such as buildings, tiles on subway walls and the texture of concrete. Always a significant balance between artistic and wearable, YOHEI OHNO’s core aesthetics are made up of art, architecture, and Yohei himself is forever inspired by the banal, everyday objects around him – translating them into contemporary fashion pieces through the use of organic materials and technological processes.
YOHEI OHNO’s Spring Summer 2019 is a collection that looks as if it was birthed out of David Lynch’s cinematic style and Stephen Shore’s photographs. A perfect integration of dream-like, surreal designs with a kind of raw composition of still life shapes and textures. Inspired by the slightly darker, melancholic cold-summer atmosphere, the clothes seamlessly merge retro tones, feeling, and silhouettes with state-of-the-art pattern-making constructions.
Focusing on color and texture, the collection highlights a consistent color palette of white, beige, cerulean blue, pale purple and crimson red. Plain sleek and clean, it features thin fabrics, dramatic sleeves, unconventional sculptural shapes, asymmetrical power suits. The whole ensemble is a tribute to advance construction and a fun revival of many decades – the 20s, 80s, you name it. Some pieces also depict a vintage yet modernistic beachwear looks, something the Great Gatsby characters would totally wear if they were ever cast in a Black Mirror episode. (Text Kirana Ardhia)
See the complete collection below: