On my runway travels I recently came across the most literal collection that cropped up the countryside grit and spirit. While I didn't really 'dig' the look as a whole, Junya Watanabe certainly aimed to take the farmer out from the 2D mud into a look that copy and pasted inspiration from all walks of life. Parka coats, lumberjacks, postman shorts, stumpy doc martens, fisherman hats and even dungarees were all in the pasture. I like this idea of the slick fisherman in particular. And one of my recent looks has a faint reflection of this in the ripples, where my postman shorts are teamed with a casual light sweater, farmer cap and creamy countryside brogues. An outfit designed for dreaming away the days by a lake.
I also thought I'd introduce you to some shots from my good friend and designer Damian Marquez. His new collection is an innovative take on texture, pairing intricate sheer shirts under tough pop art barbour jackets, introducing indulgent creamy coats and asymmetric knits with gritty trousers, and encouraging the manly skirt; something I'd love to dare into soon. It's refreshing to see feminine esque colours being used in a male palette, and there's also an interesting sci-fi and war-like vibe about the collection. A name to watch, check out his site for more at http://www.damianmarquez.com/