ENGINEERED GARMENTS has titled its 2015 Fall/Winter collection as “My Own Private 80s.” The designer, Daiki Suzuki, told that fashion in the period has had a real impact on his creation as various designers brought out their best in the New York fashion scene while designers’ brands were in their heyday in Japan. Although his previous collection titled “TRAVEL & SAFARI” was also inspired by the 1980s, the latest style created by Suzuki looks totally different as he has dug into his personal memories. Along with navy and gray colors that represent the brand’s atmosphere, Suzuki chose black as one of the main hues for the collection.
“After hearing our staff’s casual conversation, I got an idea to create a collection in dark shades. So, to start with, I designed all the items in black. Although I had made various black products before then, it was the first time for me to design it so consciously.”
As well as newly designed black garments, he dyed some regular items in black color to make the collection look cool and sophisticated. When being asked that what black meant to him, Suzuki said; “For me, it’s the color that represents the 1980s.”
“At that time, black clothes were everywhere not only in Japan but also in many other countries. I was always in black, too. I then saw styles mixing black and navy colors in the era for the first time. Before that, mixing the two colors was a thing not to do in the traditional fashion world though matching navy and gray was one of the standards. COMME des GARÇONS was the brand that disproved the myth. I was so shocked by seeing it and became crazy about mixing black, navy and gray for a while after that.”
You can see his idea of coloration from styles shown in the brand’s latest look book. Although inky black is definitely the main hue for the collection, there are few looks all in black. This is, however, the 1980s for Suzuki.
“The style became more tasteful as I added navy and gray colors rather than making it only in black. It looks unique and I like it. However I paid much attention to the shade and texture of each product to be matched with other black items. For this collection, we have adopted various types of fabrics such as loosely-woven woolens, corduroy, leather and fur along with our standard materials such as wool serge and ripstop fabrics. I would be very happy if you could enjoy and update your all-in-black looks more by playing with items in a variety of textures.”
Visual images shown here are ENGINEERED GARMENTS’ 2015 Fall/Winter collection looks. To faithfully reproduce the true texture and precise details of quality materials, all the images were photographed in monochrome. It shows that you can create such interesting and exceptional looks by, for example, mixing items in various lengths even though all the garments are in the same color. For colored version of those looks, visit NEPENTHES official website.