mint designs - JFW '09 SS

Women's Collection Lines
03 September 2008
Thoughts and pictures from the collection show on September 1, 2008
Japan Fashion Week
mint designs
"Death Pop"
September 1, 2008

Despite the foreboding "death pop" theme, designers Hokuto Katsui and Nao Yagi were evidently more worried about spring showers than mortality. In an outdoor show at Tokyo Midtown (that luckily was not rained out), a series of mint designs umbrellas marked the runway, and models came out in a series of cleverly-patterned rainwear, dinosaur-model headwear, and black rubber boots.

The rain theme drew most attention to the vinyl raincoats with unique patterns of zig-zags, little-girl icons, and newspaper pages, printed in pop primary red-and-blue. These original plastic materials also found their way into accompanying shorts, an nearly-tailored women's jacket, a dainty shirt, and an exquisite sundress. Not left as just outer-wear, softer organic versions of the prints made up an A-line round collar dress and long shorts.

Turns out the dinosaurs were not just makeshift hats: "terrible lizard" skulls and bones formed the other core pattern motifs, with surprisingly understated and organic results.

The fun was not all precipitation-proofing, however. mint designs reinforced its strength in contemporary femininity with a light-blue small gingham check sack dress with delicate flowerly frills. The little-girl pattern strapless romper in white also looked like a lot of fun.

— W. David Marx

(Click on Photo Gallery button at left to view original photography by Sean Wood.)