Gardé Collective

Kikuko Maki’s Gardé Collective collection was the fashion equivalent of watching the seasons change. A full spectrum of colors and moods matched the temperament of the creations displayed.

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The fluctuation in ambience could have caused unevenness in other designers but Gardé; Collective’s Spring/Summer show “Tokyo” appeared unified and complete.

Arresting space-age white suits, hooded tops, mesh layering and sweeping capes were scored with a beautifully angelic soundtrack and the theme of urban purity was unmistakable. One of the early standouts was a zipped white dress with white leather gloves. These items were complemented with chained necklaces and crochet-style sleeves and scarves.

Cargo pants in various dazzling colours and beach style vest tops and crop tops dominated the next phase of the show. There was a slight military feel to this stage and the use of army green with zips and tied waistcoats seemed sexy but distinguished.

“BlackSummer” proceeded and this neo-gothic blitz of studded chain belts and edgy layered skirts cemented Kikuko Maki’s reputation of showing a balanced fusion of street fashion and couture – an ability that some other designers at Japan Fashion Week have already shown.

Floating knitted waistcoats and a petticoat skirt ended this progressive and spectacular collection and the Gardé Collective label displayed that it is rapidly becoming a heavyweight of innovative street-couture fashion.

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Paul McInnes About the Author

Paul McInnes is a fashion and arts journalist based in Tokyo. He is the menswear fashion editor of The Japan Times, the Tokyo editor of Sportswear International, contributes to High Fashion, Dazed Digital, and JC Report.

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