Given Pitti Uomo’s penchant for all things artisanal, Visvim fit right in. The American-Japanese label designed by Hiroki and Kelsi Nakamura staged a spirited show sprinkled with post-war Americana references.
Led by a troupe of entertaining swing dancers, the lineup’s Forties and Fifties vibe also came through via printed T-shirts and boxy midcalf pants. Throughout, the couple juggled American and Japanese style codes — often juxtaposed in one look — with ease and bravado. Cue a hand-painted kimono jacket layered over a leather perfecto and loose, belted pants. Native American motifs gave a knitted cardigan a playful air, while large cowboy hats and blue jeans blended in well with silk kimono-inspired varsity jackets. Arty outerwear came in denim and with full-on leopard prints.
“We worked with craftsmen from all over the world,” Hiroki Nakamura explained backstage, drawing attention to a paper fabric he used for a quirky checkered three-piece suit with a fishtail derrière.
Despite the retro references, it all looked cool and current. About the label’s trademark recipe, which has brought Visvim a large following despite its luxury price points, Kelsi Nakamura, holding hands with her husband backstage, noted: “It’s always blended, we are blended.”