Keiichiro Yuri is hailed for his tony leather handbags crafted in Himeji, Japan. Now, he is trying his hand at a clothing line, seeking to bring the functionality of bags to wearable apparel. “I want to express a unique style and feeling,” said the designer who, with his platform shoes, sported a punky look at his runway show.

 

For this fall collection, the bag-cum-clothing idea came across more clearly in some pieces than others. It was most evident in a hood/vest contraption with a backpack-style pouch in front and a zippered boxy corset-type top worn with baggy pants.

 

At other times, the clothes simply had a sculptural quality to them. Standouts included an all-leather look featuring ruffled jodhpurs worn with a cropped top with a gold harness across the front. Hefty embroidered fabric that looked like the stuff of kimonos was wrapped into a knee-length dress — not the most wearable item in the world, perhaps, but it made a strong visual impact. Sometimes, though, the clothes ventured into the realm of costume, like one number incorporating no less than a stiff tutu, a massive collar, a feathered headpiece and a pair of loud paisley pants with one leg in gray and the other in orange.

 

The show’s real highlight was the styling with kooky accessories: Darth Vader helmet backpacks, a pink illuminated elephant head necklace and a space helmetlike hat resembling a bubble of clear plastic (the latter was worn with the aforementioned kimono fabric dress).

 

For his bow, Yuri himself rocked a dramatic headpiece incorporating a mass of gravity-defying black curls as he strutted down the runway and playfully flipped the bird to the photographers clicking away. Just a touch of anti-establishment bad boy, even as he enters the fashion big leagues.

By  on March 14, 2016
Keiichirosense RTW Fall 2016

Keiichiro Yuri is hailed for his tony leather handbags crafted in Himeji, Japan. Now, he is trying his hand at a clothing line, seeking to bring the functionality of bags to wearable apparel. “I want to express a unique style and feeling,” said the designer who, with his platform shoes, sported a punky look at his runway show. For this fall collection, the bag-cum-clothing idea came across more clearly in some pieces than others. It was most evident in a hood/vest contraption with a backpack-style pouch in front and a zippered boxy corset-type top worn with baggy pants. At other times, the clothes simply had a sculptural quality to them. Standouts included an all-leather look featuring ruffled jodhpurs worn with a cropped top with a gold harness across the front. Hefty embroidered fabric that looked like the stuff of kimonos was wrapped into a knee-length dress — not the most wearable item in the world, perhaps, but it made a strong visual impact. Sometimes, though, the clothes ventured into the realm of costume, like one number incorporating no less than a stiff tutu, a massive collar, a feathered headpiece and a pair of loud paisley pants with one leg in gray and the other in orange. The show's real highlight was the styling with kooky accessories: Darth Vader helmet backpacks, a pink illuminated elephant head necklace and a space helmetlike hat resembling a bubble of clear plastic (the latter was worn with the aforementioned kimono fabric dress). For his bow, Yuri himself rocked a dramatic headpiece incorporating a mass of gravity-defying black curls as he strutted down the runway and playfully flipped the bird to the photographers clicking away. Just a touch of anti-establishment bad boy, even as he enters the fashion big leagues.

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