Music influences are a given in Undercover’s collections and this season, for his collection titled “Spiritual Noise,” Jun Takahashi went all out, inventing his Undercover Records label with a portfolio of fictitious bands (think Brain Castle and their album “Not Waving,” and The Wet Dreams).
And there was the merch to match. Nodding to subculture musical genres including rockabilly and the New Romantics, as well as the railway outfits popular with rebel youth in Eighties Japan, the designer put his design stamp and twists on checked shirts, technical anoraks, band T-shirts, scarves with patches and giant colored nylon trenches that had rainy Glastonbury written all over them.
The designer also presented a hook-up with iconic Japanese brand Cream Soda, founded in the late Sixties by the late Masayuki Yamazaki, a pioneer of rockabilly, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The collaboration is based around a stylized animal print that played out on shirts and footwear.
The collection’s accessories were equally fun, offering colored headbands, logo slides by Hayn, train driver hats by Kijima Takayuki, and necklaces with functioning itsy-bitsy penknives.
See More From the Men’s 2018 Collections:
Valentino Men’s Spring 2018: Pierpaolo Piccioli’s casual lineup was all about self-expression.
Y/Project Men’s Spring 2018: The collection was more merch-friendly without losing any of the edge.
Cédric Charlier Men’s Spring 2018: Called “Playtime,” the starting point for the coed collection was a sculpture by Todd Knopke.
Balenciaga Men’s Spring 2018: Demna Gvasalia’s collection was an ode to Sunday in the park with Dad
Jil Sander Men’s Spring and Resort 2018: Lucie and Luke Meier debuted at Jil Sander with a women’s and a men’s collections, which offered a fresh, new take on the signature rigorous elegance of the brand.
Fausto Puglisi Men’s Spring 2018: Urban, baggy silhouettes met references to the Ancient Greek and Roman cultures in this capsule collection.