For his inaugural collection for newly launched brand Bennu, designer Yuji Sugeno drew inspiration from Jimi Hendrix’s 1967 hit “Foxy Lady,” aiming to create clothes that recall the rock ’n’ roll style of the late Sixties and early Seventies, while updating it by mixing in some classic pieces. In the end, the offering consisted of nothing more than different variations of such standard styles as suits, coats and biker’s jackets.
Many pieces, including black patchwork leather bikers’ jackets and a series of coats in gray checks, black and white herringbone and burgundy or black velvet, were presented as unisex styles, worn by both men and women. There were also wide-leg pants, double-breasted suits and skirts ranging from a leopard mini to a long black lace number.
The silhouettes and designs were not exactly new or different, but Sugeno attempted to update them with his choice of textiles. A black cable knit sweater for men had gold metallic threads knit into it, rusty-brown faux-fur jackets and coats had an almost matted appearance, and the velvet that showed up often on lapels glinted under the runway lights. Still, these details did little to make the classic pieces feel fresh.