Designer Masanori Morikawa chose an oval-shaped runway for his first women’s-only show for Christian Dada, having his models circle a centerpiece of mirrors, flowers and speakers. The collection for fall was inspired by a woman Morikawa knew during his time studying in London, and had a darkly romantic vibe to it. There were plenty of all-black looks in sumptuous textures: Faux-fur hats and stoles, a studded leather coat that flared out from the waist, and a long dress with a sheer chiffon skirt. Pin-striped trousers with a tiny matching vest tied in the front like a bikini top injected a dose of sex appeal, while embroidered flowers, tigers and dragons on sleeves and jacket fronts added a bit of exoticism.
Morikawa incorporates some element of Japanese culture into each collection and this season he produced a series of striking looks in ornate oriental brocades. There was a relaxed bomber jacket and a polished coat, but the most eye-catching combo was a long dress with a heavily pleated skirt worn under a stadium jacket with deep-green satin sleeves.