Junya Watanabe is never one to issue show notes or comment in depth about his collections. It’s an elusiveness that allows for his original designs to tell a story of their own. For Fashion Week ’13, the Tokyo-based designer (and former Comme des Garçons protégé) presented a look that revealed the evolution of the motorcycle jacket, proving that when it comes to street chic, he’s in a master class of his own.
We wandered Watanabe’s Paris showroom in the Place Vendôme, with the latest collection’s one-of-a-kind structures, supple leathers (real and faux) and hardware accents right at our fingertips.
For fall ’13, the designer collaborated with Spanish luxury fashion house Loewe, with the following fruits of labor: a biker dress (above), a jacket and a shoulder bag made in three shapes. Designed by Watanabe, the pieces shown on the runway were arranged by Loewe in celebration of “The Year of Spain in Japan.”
The black bags (above) were designed by Watanabe and made in Loewe’s factory from soft, supple leather and come in a chic rounder shape—something we’re sure you’ll get carried away with come fall.
Photos by Ford Leland