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KUON Spring Summer 2022

Event
Spring 2022
Launch
Wed - Sep 08, 2021 9:00 am - 9:30 am EDT
Status
Finished

-Colors of Light-

For KUON’s spring/summer 2022 collection designer Shinichiro Ishibashi sought inspiration from three main ideas: light, communication, and travel.

Inspired by light, Ishibashi created expressive clothing with the goal of enriching one’s heart. Shadows, darkness, and color are inherently associated with vision, and thus with what we can see. The visual interplay between shadows and light allowed for a variety of visual effects throughout the collection. There is a cotton poplin coach’s jacket, resin-printed with a geometric pattern resembling broken rays of refracted light, and a cardigan with a surface texture that mimics a rippled moiré pattern with its transparent mesh layer, and elsewhere a suit of sashiko fabric subtly shot through with silver lamé threads that only become visible depending on the angle of the light.

Ishibashi aimed to create clothing to lift one’s spirit and to convey a form of communication through clothing, during a time when the normal channels of inter-personal contact were reduced to digital mediums. Throughout the collection, one can find subtle nods to Ishibashi’s analysis of communication. For example, Ishibashi is well-known for his use of traditional Japanese fabrics and techniques, as with his use of sakiori stitching on the right-hand cuff of a shirt, or a sweatshirt with the upper-arm banded with boro patchwork, both meant to symbolize the communicative gesture of a handshake. Or with t-shirts, shorts, and shirts that juxtapose digitally printed patchwork fabric with embroidered boro patchwork. These pieces appear completely hand-quilted from a distance, but upon drawing closer, perception shifts, and the contrast between the two fabric surfaces is revealed. All are intended to bring a playful sense of visual incongruity, intriguing the eye and, hopefully, provoking an actual conversation.

Travel restrictions made Ishibashi yearn for foreign lands, and so the memory of the light in Mexico influenced his use of sage green, pale pink, and sand palette for spring/summer. Elsewhere the liberal use of tucks and pleats in shirts and shorts, inspired by the folds of origami, express a sense of exuberance through the metered rhythm of repetitive shapes.

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KUON Spring Summer 2022 Collection

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  • Shirket

    Twisted Pleat Guayabera Shirket in Sage Green

  • Pants

    Fanage Cotton Wide Pants in Sage Green

  • Over Right Arm-Hoodie

    Side Mesh Side Hoodie in Jadeite x Green

  • Left Hand-Pouch

    Kinchaku Pouch-Sashiko Stripe in Blue x Pink

  • Jacket

    Salt Shrunk Nylon Coaches Jacket in Sand

  • Cardigan

    Boro Patched Jersey Cardigan in Mocha

  • Shorts

    Patchwork Shorts in Pale

  • Dickie

    V-Neck Jersey Dickie in Navy

  • Shirt

    Sashiko Stripe L/S Shirt in Blue x PInk

  • Pants

    Fanage Cotton 3/4 Pants in Navy

  • Jacket

    Multi Fabric Panelled Jacket in Sand

  • Shirt

    S/S Patchwork Shirt in Pale

  • Pants

    Onibegie 2-Way Tuck Pants in Walnut

  • Shirket

    Origami Tucked L/S Shirket in Dark Navy

  • Tee

    Reversible Football Tee in White Lime

  • Pants

    Onibegie 2-Way Tuck Pants in Indigo

  • Hat

    Boro Bucket Hat in Pale

  • Cardigan

    Reversible Cardigan in Navy/Navy

  • Jacket

    Relief Patterned H/S Zip-up Jacket in Navy

  • Pants

    Cross Sashiko 3/4 Pants in Navy

  • Sweatshirt

    Boro Banded Sleeve Sweatshirt in White

  • Pants

    Cross Sashiko 3/4 Pants in white

  • Jacket

    Relief Patterned H/S Zip-up Jacket in White

  • Rain Coat

    Salt Shrunk Nylon Rain Coat in Sand

  • Dickie

    V-Neck Jersey Dickie in Beige

  • Pants

    Cross Sashiko 3/4 Pants in White

  • Shirt

    Washi/Cotton Baja Shirt in Ash Pink

  • Tee

    Oversized Tucked Tee in White

  • Pant

    Fanage Cotton 3/4 Length Pants in Sand

  • Blazer

    Fanage Cotton Blazer in Sage Green

  • Shorts

    Twisted Pleat Striped Shorts in Sage Green

  • Jacket

    Multi Fabric Panelled Jacket in Navy

  • Blazer

    Patchwork Blazer in Navy

  • Pants

    Onibegie 2-Way Tuck Pants in Indigo

  • Jacket

    Multi Fabric Panelled Jacket in Navy

  • Blazer

    Patchwork Blazer in Navy

  • Hat

    Relief Patterned Bucket Hat in Navy

  • Cardigan

    Boro Printed Mesh Cardigan in Pale

  • Tee

    Reversible Football Tee in Navy x Navy

  • Pants

    Gentle Garbadine Belted Pants in Dark Navy

  • Pouch

    Upcycled Boro Kinchaku Pouch in Pale

  • Shirt

    Sashiko Stripe Baja Shirt in Blue x Pink

  • Shirt

    Sakiori Trimmed Cuff L/S Shirt in White

  • Shorts

    Patchwork Shorts in Navy

  • Vest

    Sheer Argyle Vest in Navy

  • Blazer

    Patchwork Blazer in Pale

  • Vest

    Sheer Argyle Vest in Navy

  • Shorts

    Twisted Pleat Striped Shorts in Blue

  • Hat

    Relief Patterned Bucket Hat in Navy

  • Jacket

    Relief Patterned H/S Zip-up Jacket in White

  • Pants

    Fanage Cotton Wide Pants in Sage Green

  • Cardigan

    Boro Printed Mesh Cardigan in Pale

  • Pouch

    Upcycled Boro Kinchaku Pouch in Pale

  • Cardigan

    Reversible Cardigan in White/Lime

  • Shirket

    Twisted Pleat Guayabera Shirket in White/Lime

  • Pants

    Gentle Garbadine Belted Pants in Greige

  • Hat

    Relief Patterned Bucket Hat in Navy

  • Tee

    Reversible Football Tee in White/Lime

  • Pants

    Onibegie 2-Way Tuck Pants in Indigo

  • Blazer

    Cross Sashiko Blazer in White

  • Jacket

    Sashiko Stripe H/S Zip-up Jacket in Blue x Pink

  • Shorts

    Twisted Pleat Striped Shorts in Blue

  • Overcoat

    Washi/Cotton Overcoat in Navy

  • Blazer

    Sakiami Switched Blazer in Navy

  • Shirt

    Sakiori Trimmed Cuff L/S Shirt in Blue

  • Pants

    Gentle Garbadine Belted Pants in Dark Navy

  • Shirket

    Origami Tucked L/S Shirket in Greige

  • Pants

    Onibegie 2-Way Tuck Pants in Walnut

  • Jacket

    Multi Fabric Panelled Jacket in Sand

  • Shirt

    S/S Patchwork Shirt in Pale

  • Pants

    Onibegie 2-Way Tuck Pants in Walnut

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