There is more to knitwear than keeping a girl warm, according to Motohiro Tanji, who for his debut show at Tokyo Fashion Week was inspired by ancient ruins to explore the sculptural side of sweaters. Tamer exits included cocoon-shaped pullovers with slit sleeves and cowl-neck sweater dresses featuring textured ridges and bumps; the designer advanced the concept with looks that had 3-D embellishments crafted from yarn, such as one ivory sweater with a sci-fi, exoskeleton feel.

There were plenty of wearable and interesting pieces, including a nubby, pale gray dress and a ruffled cobalt-blue skirt and matching top, but overall, the lineup seemed better suited to a showroom environment. Presented on a stark black runway with overhead spotlights, it made for a somewhat monotonous show.

By  on March 16, 2015

There is more to knitwear than keeping a girl warm, according to Motohiro Tanji, who for his debut show at Tokyo Fashion Week was inspired by ancient ruins to explore the sculptural side of sweaters. Tamer exits included cocoon-shaped pullovers with slit sleeves and cowl-neck sweater dresses featuring textured ridges and bumps; the designer advanced the concept with looks that had 3-D embellishments crafted from yarn, such as one ivory sweater with a sci-fi, exoskeleton feel.

There were plenty of wearable and interesting pieces, including a nubby, pale gray dress and a ruffled cobalt-blue skirt and matching top, but overall, the lineup seemed better suited to a showroom environment. Presented on a stark black runway with overhead spotlights, it made for a somewhat monotonous show.

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