While Cote Mer is a men’s brand, for its show this season it used male and female models, underscoring the unisex quality of the collection. Designers Norio Sato and Seishi Naito went grunge for fall, sending out a group of models dressed like a group of Nineties high school kids who ditch class to smoke behind the bleachers.
Suede jackets and pants were trimmed in fringe and embellished with silver studs arranged in starburst shapes. A letter jacket and pair of track pants reinforced the too-cool-for-school theme, while other looks referenced other periods: A pair of way-too-big pants held up by suspenders harked back to Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp, while Afghan scarves were pieced together into a poncho.
Textures ranged from black leather to stonewashed denim, and nearly all the clothes were distressed to some extent. Only an olive green sweatshirt riddled with holes seemed to take the grunge thing a bit too far.