A model walks out in a white bodysuit and steps into the center of a circle of fabric lying flat on the ground. She stoops down, attaches the fabric to her waist, and rises to stand as the sea of fabric turns into a full, pure white skirt. She then engages in a beautiful, traditional Japanese dance, and the crowd is mesmerized.
This introduction set the tone for the beautiful, delicate collection to follow. You quickly realized that the color palette was dominated by black, white and crimson combinations, though other colors of copper, coral and ivory could be found. When it came to prints, the collection showcased designer Natsuko Kanno’s own screen prints. These hand screened prints were of a soft feather design, and, though quite subtle, added nice detail to many of the garments. Silhouettes tended to be quite classic; interest was added with Kimono-like blouses, puffy sleeves and cowl necks. The fact that there was a variety of details saved the garments from being repetitive. Shorts and gaucho pants had banners of fabric attached to the sides, which moved in a fluid manner as the pieces came down the runway. The fronts of blouses had multiple layers of silk cascading down them, and lustrous bronze yarns made neutral garments glisten as light hit them. The collection as a whole was quite cosmopolitan, though pieces like grey alpaca vests added a hint of casualness. Kanno’s Fall 2012 collection was modern, feminine, and highlighted the beauty of Japanese art and design.
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