For fall, Akira Takeuchi and Miwa Morita aimed to juxtapose the natural and the unnatural. While this theme came through at times — most effectively via the mixing of cotton and leather with vinyl and other shiny synthetic textiles — overall the collection seemed like more of a mishmash of contrary influences and ideas.
Slinky jumpsuits and dresses were trimmed in lace, and pullovers combined ribbed knit with a smooth, matte jersey fabric. A zebra print appeared on the sleeves of an oversize stadium jacket, a furry magenta coat was worn over lavender pants and a wide vinyl belt and a cropped orange jacket was overlaid with an ankle-grazing piece of sheer gray fabric. Fur-trimmed ponchos and a neutral-toned hooded dress wrapped around the body like cocoons, but bore little discernible relationship to the rest of the looks.
Equally at odds — but engagingly unique, anyway — were a black and white gown with a puffed-up hem and train that invoked a bedroom duvet, and a pair of sacklike dresses, one in shiny silver, the other in a zebra print, with exaggerated tubelike rolls of fabric at each shoulder, worn over capris with asymmetric transparent cuffs.
Reinforcing the everything-but-the-kitchen sink feeling was the live music that accompanied the show: a one-man band moved between a DJ table, a drum set, a guitar, a synthesizer and an old oil can, his repertoire ranging from Sixties sock-hop tunes to high-pitched noise.