Junya Watanabe Combined Classic Workwear Codes With British Heritage Elements

Linking back up with Carhartt.
junya Watanabe fall winter 2020 Paris fashion week
Alessandro Lucioni / Gorunway

Alessandro Lucioni / Gorunway

As accomplished a graduate from the COMME des GARÇONS “school” of design as one can be, Junya Watanabe is a creative juggernaut in his own right, fashioning collections that seemingly sit at the crossroads between rugged workwear and urban sophistication. The one-time Rei Kawakubo protégé unwrapped his label’s Fall/Winter 2020 range amidst the big stage, bright lights of Paris Fashion Week. 

Alessandro Lucioni / Gorunway

Alessandro Lucioni / Gorunway

An expressive cocktail featuring one part Billism, one part British mod and one part workwear Americana, Watanabe uncovers looks that can just as easily star in a 1960’s fashion campaign as it can a modern-day editorial spread. Silhouette proportions are kept minimal with clean lines informing much of the range. Form-fitting blazers set up against distressed denim, with pressed slacks teaming effortlessly alongside porkpie hats and leather loafers.

Alessandro Lucioni / Gorunway

Alessandro Lucioni / Gorunway

Much like he did last spring, the Japanese designer applied a series of design twists to a throng of jacket styles, often times playing with unique textile compositions and print placements. Check-printed Pea coats call attention to quilted, puffer-esque materials in bold hues of red, blue, and yellow, while others shine a spotlight on distinct denim-infused considerations. The seasonal offering also revealed yet another conjoined capsule with repeat collaborator, Carhartt. With that said, one such jacket combined the elegance of a tweed blazer with the rugged tone of a Carhartt chore coat.

Elsewhere in the fashion world, AMBUSH recently dropped its new Fall/Winter 2020 collection lookbook.



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