Saturday, June 26, 2010

Top Looks….Junya Watanabe, Paris

Paris is off to a slow start this season.

Have you seen any shows that you really love?

The first show that I really liked was Junya Watanabe.

The humor and quirkiness of Junya were still evident this season, but they were toned down to a point that made the collection even more desirable. Some Junya diehards commented afterward that the collection seemed “too commercial.” I know they didn’t mean it in a good way, but that commercial element made the collection so much more desirable for me.


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  1. elke

    June 26, 2010 at 4:22 am

    the stripes and ankles showing!
    i love this.


  2. Leigh

    June 26, 2010 at 4:27 am

    Adore the nautical looks!!

  3. i love

    June 26, 2010 at 4:32 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE it! we all want a sailor man!

    <<<3 from Norway:

  4. Elle.

    June 26, 2010 at 4:38 am

    I'm in love with the sailor/ fisherman style!

  5. Anonymous

    June 26, 2010 at 5:00 am

    Have to agree with both the comments of the loyalists and the sartorialist. I am very surprise to see a very simple/commercial look, but like what you said it's become even more desirable. Love it! Now my husband won't be so reluctant when I suggest purchasing something form him.

  6. Caddy

    June 26, 2010 at 5:20 am

    It it pretty commercial but more wearable to a wider base of people because of it.

  7. Diego Montoya

    June 26, 2010 at 5:27 am

    Paris shows are mostly pathetic! You wonder who is going to buy that stuff ?
    I don not get it !
    Maybe I am becoming an old fart, but when I see some italian or US collections, or when I talk to pros, I am not so wrong !! Even LV !!! What is going on ? It's not enough to capitalize your brand on logos !!!
    The real men's style resistance mouvement !! ( I feel like de Gaulle calling for resistance from London during WW2).

  8. Martha

    June 26, 2010 at 5:27 am

    That second look is perfection, I love a traditional yellow raincoat and stripey t-shirt. And the chinos and shoes just complete the whole fisherman style. M X

  9. Jennie Nhi Nguyen

    June 26, 2010 at 5:33 am

  10. Wlady

    June 26, 2010 at 5:44 am

    Only a few parts of the collection I like, and I like them taken separatedly from the rest of the outfits, could have been better… A lot better… I have seen some pretty amazing work from them so far, I've expected something … better. It's a "C".

  11. Soren Lorensen

    June 26, 2010 at 6:19 am

    that yellow jacket is wonderful

  12. oliwka

    June 26, 2010 at 6:22 am

    good shoes, good tshirts, good looks.

  13. NagyNinaMontanaro

    June 26, 2010 at 6:32 am

    I would really want the white duffle coat style parka! if I was man and even if I am a woman!

  14. Mona

    June 26, 2010 at 6:35 am

    I like this sailor vibe.

  15. Emily McGuire

    June 26, 2010 at 7:12 am

    My favourite show so far has been Assche. His unpretentious play on cut, opacity, proportion and use of monochromatic shades (the light grey is absolutely beautiful) feels so refreshing without forgoeing masculinity, accessibility and transeasonal possibilities. I can't stand it when men's fashion turns blatantly to femininity as if embodying such traits is the only way to offer a point of difference or direction; it is too obvious, too easy and unnecessary.

  16. Philipp

    June 26, 2010 at 7:18 am

    really a desireable collection!

  17. joeward

    June 26, 2010 at 7:27 am

    love that yellow coat. :]

  18. Jacqueline

    June 26, 2010 at 7:55 am

    I like the style because for men I prefer not too overstyled looks. Perfect!

  19. Monika

    June 26, 2010 at 7:59 am

    What a great collection! Real people could wear these clothes, so if that's the definition of commercial, well then it's a good definition and shouldn't be viewed in a negative light.

  20. pixie

    June 26, 2010 at 8:17 am

    Wow I love the pix you posted of the collection. Maybe it is commercial but the whole thing is appealing to me. Love the details, splashes of color. (except that all the models look glum).

    I love those fisherman type striped shirts that are all over the place in France. Does anyone know of a source of them in the USA? I have blue, I'd like a red one.

  21. Lee Oliveira

    June 26, 2010 at 8:27 am

    Must have been an amazing show. The original protege of Comme des Garçons. The Yellow jacket is just amazing.

  22. Anonymous

    June 26, 2010 at 8:28 am

    Just love, love & love the navy looks, the shoes are great, very good collection!!

  23. Anonymous

    June 26, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Your pictures are much more beautiful than anywhere else,I mean!!!
    Normal clothes need the sensitivity for a wearing person.

  24. Anonymous

    June 26, 2010 at 8:50 am

    not too special for my taste

  25. sin

    June 26, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Doesn't look like something from him or CDG (though they are rather separate things, but still…)

  26. Ore.R

    June 26, 2010 at 9:10 am

    I love love all the stripes


  27. Mimi

    June 26, 2010 at 9:23 am

    I love the bright looks combined by sailor style.

  28. Tim Steiner

    June 26, 2010 at 9:32 am

    It's ironic that it would be criticized for being "too commercial" when I am looking at these clothes and picking out those that I would actually wear.

    In fact, I think I'll do sailer-striped shirt, white pants, and blazer today!

    Thanks for posting these! I always get inspiration from this site!!!

  29. Prêt à Porter P

    June 26, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Very good connection!

  30. Anonymous

    June 26, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Stripes rule!

  31. Tango K

    June 26, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Fabulous Coats! I want the light cream with the frog closures for myself~

  32. Dana

    June 26, 2010 at 9:53 am

    I love it. Anything nautical is alright by me. So wearable, so fresh and classic. I love the cropped trousers and the jackets.

  33. oensh

    June 26, 2010 at 10:22 am

    oh yeah it is coola nd quirkiness and love the yellow jacket and navy stripes shirt.. gotta have it..

  34. Román Iglesias

    June 26, 2010 at 10:33 am

    INcreidibles but I rather Viktor and Rolf

  35. Bonnie Leclerc

    June 26, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Nice! I love the sailor look. The models now, awful.

  36. the F word

    June 26, 2010 at 11:15 am

    i love love love this collection the nautical/kinda fisherman look will be perfect for next summer

    Roman @

  37. Arash Mazinani

    June 26, 2010 at 11:32 am

  38. Anonymous

    June 26, 2010 at 11:44 am

    As other people have said, let's not forget that when you design clothes, you design them for people to BUY. Plus, designers don't work for themselves. They have to answer to a board of directors and shareholders and whatnot. The ugly side of fashion is that it's about making money. When someone complains that a collection is "too commerical" they're just upset that they won't have "exclusive" pieces to brag about wearing.

    There's two sides to the coin, people. Designers have bills to pay, too.

  39. Fashion Addict Files

    June 26, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Junya Watanabe is amazing an it was one of the first fashion shows that I truly enjoyed this season. The nautical and quirky feel were timeless.

    It should also be noted that French actress Amira Casar was decked out in Junya Watanabe for the grand opening of Balenciaga's first men's boutique on Rue de Varenne in Paris yesterday evening!

  40. Karena

    June 26, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    I agree I want to see a collection that is wearable be it casual or elegant evening for men or women.

    The other's take it to a level of art…..yet who can really wear it!

    Art by Karena

  41. doremy+diatta

    June 26, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    LOVE the white SHOES! stripes stripes stripes

    come by for a visit!


  42. JoeyAna

    June 26, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    loving these nautical looks!!


  43. The Baker

    June 26, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Always love a little flash of ankle!

  44. Bianca Le Mouel

    June 26, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    I really appreciate your point of view on commercialism vs. high fashion. So often commercialism is seen as a bad word in the fashion industry….which is to bad. Perhaps it should be seen instead as a refreshing dose of reality.

  45. amy

    June 26, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    Nautical chic has arrived!

  46. brightlightsbigcity

    June 26, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    i love that the ankles are showing and that they weren't afraid to really use color. very fun :)

  47. merzbild71

    June 26, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    I like all of this. Somehow, the nautical thing, which can easily become too preppy for me, is presented with a slight bohemian edge that's completely divorced from Nautica, Faconnable, and all of that boring stuff.

    The first ensemble made me chuckle. Looks like Fred Astair in Anchors Aweigh. Love the striped jerseys. But where to buy?

  48. Lisa

    June 26, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    easy & wearable, makes it commercial? will buy it for my guys … has to sell to make money!

  49. Anonymous

    June 26, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Great jackets. Love the button designs. Funny how "commercial" is a dirty word in high end fashion.

  50. M.B

    June 26, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    There are two shows that I really adored and was happy to attend: Smalto and Damir Doma! Perfection at its finest…

    M.B (

  51. Marissa

    June 26, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    loving all of the looks but the yellow jacket is too gorgeous.

  52. justine a.

    June 26, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    love this collection.

  53. green lantern

    June 26, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    I simply must find a suitable double breasted blazer! There is a whole world of intriguing and envious comments awaiting the wearer of the most aristocratic, distinguishable and embellishing clothing item a man (or woman) can have in their closet.

  54. TaxiShoes

    June 26, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Well, I'd say that red and yellow jackets are rather cool, especially yellow.

  55. Arantza Saez de Lafuente

    June 26, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    I love it!!!
    Navy forever!

  56. Archie

    June 26, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    I'm a sucker for coloured soles so dig this collection.
    Agree that previous collections have been a little too off the wall to actually wear whereas this looks more 'sensible'

  57. Anonymous

    June 26, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Adore all the looks. The white shoes are a knockout. I wish someone would make women's wear as clean and inspired as this.

  58. 82Brute

    June 26, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    This is at once very personally familiar, and yet there's enough here that's new to make it interesting. I feel as if I could reach into the back of the closet at my parents' old house on Cape Cod and find that yellow slicker, but it would be my mom's, it would smell very musty and it would have been from Land's End. The white bucks also hit a soft spot, (my old dad still wears his saddle shoes with his seersucker jacket.) But those things are very American and this collection has a real European/Easter Bloc flair. Commercial, perhaps, but still highly desirable. These seem like the sorts of clothes that become more fabulous as they wear and age.

  59. theexcitableboy

    June 26, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Very cool, reminds me of Jean Paul Gaultier circa 1990's.

  60. Archives

    June 26, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    two words: oh, sailor!

  61. HW90

    June 26, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Looks like Junya has visited Mister Freedom in L.A.

  62. katkas

    June 26, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    love this collection. i love how everything is oversized! a fresh take on the sailor look!

  63. SteFon

    June 26, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Yeah i liked it toooo !! but Dior today was pretty amazing…

  64. Sara

    June 26, 2010 at 9:39 pm

  65. Mimi

    June 26, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    i love the sailor look combined with color! so chic…

  66. Liz S

    June 26, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Yes, agree–an edge of quirkiness and fun but wearable by many more nonetheless. That's gotta be a good thing for the designer and the public.
    I love all the looks esp the finer striped canvas pants with the striped tee.

  67. Benjamin

    June 27, 2010 at 12:39 am

    Viktor&Rolf! There were just many things I really wanted to put on, but that I also was enraptured with just looking at and thinking about.

    I had just viewed the men's Vuitton collection and had really desired only about 5-6 pieces, and "walked away" thinking that is a decent collection, because you hardly ever really desire 6 items from one collection, but then I saw V&R right after and every single look was like a revelation, or some new ideal to be inspired by while passionately coveting. That is what it's all about!!

  68. Benjamin

    June 27, 2010 at 12:46 am

    Oh, and on the Junya show. I agree with you, the "commercial" element makes it interesting, because it isn't taking an expectable form. Almost everything is a play on a familiar detail that is downright common but it's done so literally and with such wit that it's like something new. Even Aigle, a French sailing clothier, doesn't make clothes like this. They're almost cartoonish in their seafarer vibe and there couldn't be a riper moment to make clothes like this.


    June 27, 2010 at 4:39 am

    amazing show…great pictures

  70. Eilish

    June 27, 2010 at 5:03 am

    I love all the coats . They're just wonderful !

  71. John Wesley

    June 27, 2010 at 6:16 am

    I'm loving this collection. "Commercial" in the best sense of the word. Not just wearable, but likely to have a longer life, making them a practical investment. These clothes will stand the test of time.

    I would think it's more difficult to design a collection within a structure of restraint and discipline, and still be fresh and inventive.

    White buck shoes are beautifully proportioned. Slightly sleeker, less clunky than the conventional preppy versions.

  72. Brummagem Joe

    June 27, 2010 at 7:25 am

    …..I don't want to rain on anyone's parade here but I've been wearing clothes like this for over forty years……Helly Hansen have the yellow waterproof, the "Picasso" jersey could be found at J. Crew and J. Press this summer, chinos and white bucks are ubiquitous…..I'm not saying it doesn't look good but it's a very trad look which just confirms it's basically the trad look with a few flourishes that looks best on men

  73. John J.

    June 27, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    I am about to make a judgment based off of these pictures from the collection, yet I have not seen the whole collection. If I am wrong, prove me wrong.

    It is a nice collection, but I do not see what makes it worthy of being a collection simply because of how common these looks appear to be. By this I am not saying that a satisfying collection for me has to be stylish or edgy, but there is no RISK.

    Maybe I am looking at this in the wrong way, or maybe I am just tired of people biting of Thom Browne by showing some ankle, but I think menswear is ready for a new look. Something that isn't a shrunken suit or preppy or workwear.

  74. Donnie Gayfield

    June 27, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    I thought it was their most beautiful collection. If commercial translates as wearable, I give Juny Watanabe an A in wearability.

  75. Lor

    June 27, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    Love it. And wearable.

  76. vejrubia

    June 27, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    I am very much a follower of Junya Watanabe, and I do agree with comment of this collection being "too commercial".

    Sort of an anti-climactic collection for me.

    It will be a while before I get over Watanabe's Fall/Winter collection for 2009-2010.

  77. proletarian Great Gatsby

    June 28, 2010 at 6:02 am

    If "too commercial" means that normal people can wear it than Bravo and thanks.

  78. Anonymous

    June 28, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Great looks and if by 'commercial', you mean 'salable' or 'wearable', I think it's a great compliment.

  79. Allen - East Hampton

    June 28, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Much to like here.

  80. ShopMonica

    June 28, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Um, so, I pretty much love everything Junya Watanabe does. LOVE.

  81. honeybeeandme

    June 28, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    why do they look as if they are being lead to the cross???


  82. Cari Hislop

    June 28, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    I love the last shot…the model looks like a younger version of Hugh Laurie (House) tres good looking and the clothes are nice too! ;) I really like the touches of white stripes added to the white zipper and buttons against the dark blue. It's quirky, but not hey everyone look at me I paid more for my coat than you did. I love that red coat as well.

  83. Benoit

    June 28, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Hi Scott! Aren't you a bit harsh with the Paris shows? I read and saw a picture of the Hermès's, it looked gread. Did you attend?

    "See you"

  84. Jasmi

    June 28, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    I kind of like how all the models look a bit hangover.

  85. Mackenzie {Design Darling}

    June 28, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    i couldn't agree more. there's an absurdity to men's runway collections in that i could never see my dad, brothers, or boyfriend pulling off even one of the looks — whereas with women's ready-to-wear i like to imagine myself in each and every one!

  86. Nicole

    June 29, 2010 at 1:41 am

    The coats are to die for, especially the yellow one.

  87. Megan

    June 29, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    I have to agree with you. The commercial element seems more appealing to me. It adds some approachability while still remaining sleek. I love the use of stripe on top with a solid color for the jacket and pants. It gives some vavoom!

  88. Anonymous

    June 29, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Love the collection…I've always been a fan of Junya, even in the days of Commes des Garcons. As far as commercialism, come on now…if none of the collection is commercial and just purely esoteric, then how does one expect a designer going to make money and, therefore, keep the business afloat so that we can enjoy the crazy, off-the-wall, kooky designs that we all love so much. So for those who are snubbing the commercial aspect of clothes designing I dare those peeps to design for the sake of designing and see how much one can stay in business in the fashion world with no profit margin. Let's not be hatin…there's too much of that already in this world. I would know cuz I have lots of cousins who are designing in New York, and right now it's pretty tough out there with this shlumpy economy. Appreciate and enjoy what is out there, not what it woulda, coulda, shoulda been. Nuff said. F.

  89. Taylor

    June 29, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    The white toggle trench is one of the best looking, most versatile, well cut jackets I have ever seen. Yes it is basic, but it has character and class. The subtle color gives one the opportunity to add great flair with your accessories, and really own your look. I love this jacket!

  90. Maggie

    July 4, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    … Taking working class gear, turning it into fashion! Because the working class no longer works? Yet the ruling class still rules (and has money)? How long can this last?

  91. Anonymous

    July 4, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    liking this

  92. Anonymous

    July 12, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Sorry, Nigel Cabourn did this three f/w seasons ago…in nicer materials and with finer details.

  93. banglesshouldjangle

    November 21, 2010 at 8:57 am

    These men are incredible.

  94. Anonymous

    January 31, 2011 at 8:25 am

    the iphone girl on the 2nd pic totally spotted you

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