“The collection ‘As the Way It Comes to Be’ is inspired by nature,’” explained Satoshi Kondo, of his texture-rich creations for fall.
Kondo said he also nodded to nature’s organic forms and women’s inner strength for this collection that was executed primarily in natural tones such as brown, orange, gray and blue, referencing egg or stones’ hues, and shell- and wave-like patterns.
“Everything is sort of soft, without too many hard corners, edges or angles,” he said. “I really allow the character of the actual fabric to speak up.”
The garments were understated, yet packed a punch with innovative fabrics and silhouettes. There was an ankle-length black dress, with a front panel appearing woven, thanks to contracted elastic threads, while the rest was of a smooth, flowing cotton-polyester.
An orange tunic top, woven with two kinds of threads, one for pleating and the other for nonpleating, had arced ribs, looking like ripples on water.
Kondo used a traditional Japanese pattern technique, suminagashi, to make one-of-a-kind stone-like motifs, for a shirt and dress.
For the collection’s film presentation, the designer wished to show the clothes as they are, with no bells or whistles, in a format reminiscent of a slide show or series of photos, with slow-moving camera shots of models in nature and in a museum’s more architectural setting. The garments were equally at home in both.