The name Ethosens comes from an amalgamation of the words “ethos” and “sense.” And the aim of Ethosens, said designer Yui Hashimoto, is to “create an innovative and new standard, and to set new values.”
In a week dominated by hard-edged streetwear and over-the-top theatricality, it was refreshing to see a collection that relied solely on beautiful materials and expert cutting to make a statement. Hashimoto turned out different versions of loose tops, baggy pants and oversize coats in neutral shades of gray, black and camel, with some deep blues and greens added in for good measure.
Like many of Tokyo’s other men’s wear designers, Hashimoto presented his collection on models of both genders, emphasizing universality. His theme for the season was “intersecting lines,” which he demonstrated with wide, crisscrossing strips of grosgrain attached to trousers, V-neck pullovers and blouson jackets. In a few instances, he used a geometric knit jacquard on sweaters and scarves, and another intersecting line pattern on jersey tops and faded jeans.
Despite the theme, the looks for the most part were largely monotone and solid, allowing the fabrics’ contrasting textures to take center stage. Silvery satin pants were paired with a cross-front wool jacket or a blue corduroy overcoat, while a blue tweed suit was worn over a high-neck, zip-front top in a shiny tech fabric.
As an ethos, it made perfect sense.