Iliad Disappoints

We expected sophisticated and poetic menswear; we received an – at best – mediocre streetwear collection that we could have seen on London housing estate or Glasgow high street

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Gentaro Noda’s Iliad line showed a very urban British collection at Japan Fashion Week this morning. A graduate of the renowned Central St. Martin’s school, the label was launched in 2004.

Gawky models paraded an insipid collection of the now ubiquitous hood, Arafat scarves, huge collared tracksuit tops and 80s football hooligan striped polo shirts.

A metallic silver racing jacket added some punch to this disappointing production. Paper thin sleeveless tops and a clever thin red cardigan complete with logo showed a nice touch and with subtle school-tie belts the show was not all gloom and doom.

On a main street these items would be perfect. For an international showcase there was a noticeable absence of innovation or spark.

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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Is Illiad a top brand in Japan? Well, they got their ass kicked by this reporter.
joe shmo
Nov 18, 2005 (6219 days ago)

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