Junya Watanabe never strays far from denim, and his slouchy and cropped jeans for spring — decorated with leather pockets, hobo patches or sashiko stitching — looked like winners.

What was new for this versatile Japanese designer was the full-scale ode to his homeland, from the serene landscape painting as the runway backdrop and the jutting samurai hairstyles to the grunting soundtrack.

Japanese indigo fabrics are unbeatable, and Watanabe employed plain cottons, ticking stripes and folksy florals for his trademark patchwork jackets: trim blazers, jeans jackets, cardigans and his beloved reversible Field & Stream styles with their utility pockets and snap closures.

The show climaxed with denim’s best friend — the T-shirt — done in an array of indigo motifs. Basics are definitely back.

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