Christian Dada designer Masanori Morikawa’s fall 2016 collection, dubbed “Love on the left eye,” was nothing if not provocative. Citing — and reproducing — the work of Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki, Morikawa spliced explicit images of semiclad and bound nudes across several of his creations. One jacket featured an almost life-size photo of a woman’s posterior with her hands tied behind her back.
The bondage theme continued in a less overt vein through straps that fell over layers of clothing, tied as belts and dangling toward the floor, in ropes wrapped around the waist, or with extrawide leather belts.
The collection was a seemingly disparate mix of the somber and the brightly hued, with dark cargo pants that swept the floor with a punkish feel interspersed with red and purple leather designs and bright floral prints and embroideries.
Backstage after the show, the designer explained the link — the floral motifs were a representation of female genitalia, another reference to the work of Araki, whose battle with cancer and loss of the sight in one eye inspired Morikawa for this first showing on the official Paris men’s calendar.