As a child, Yukihiro Teshima became fascinated with professional wrestling. And that love has continued into his adult life: In addition to naming his brand Yukihero Pro-Wrestling, he also works as an independent stylist and designs costumes for professional wrestlers.
Not surprisingly, then, the sport was also a theme in Teshima’s fall collection, which featured satin pajamas, oversize jersey T-shirts, dresses and jackets all printed with cartoonlike, masked wrestlers in various poses. Other influences included hunting, which was apparent in a series of camouflage overalls and jackets with bright orange linings, and music, which showed up in the form of a navy A-line dress and pants adorned with large, multicolored musical note appliqués.
While some of Teshima’s pieces, including a simple gray men’s vest, hooded sweatshirts and button-down shirts, were little more than everyday staples, overall the collection was innovative, with just the right dose of humor. One standout exit: a pair of men’s ivory satin pants with images of wrestlers that appeared to be painted on and rows of multicolored LED lights that lit up like children’s sneakers when the model walked.
After the last look came down the runway, an actual wrestler appeared, dressed in black-and-white briefs and wrestling boots. He hoisted the model onto his shoulder before exiting. It was a fitting end to an entertaining show, which was staged on the rooftop of a Tower Records store and accompanied by a DJ and live percussionist.