Tour de Japan
Designers are harvesting inspiration from the Far East, specifically taking cues from Japanese culture for Spring ’18.
Designers are harvesting inspiration from the Far East, specifically taking cues from Japanese culture for Spring ’18. It comes on the heels of tastemaker Rihanna’s Japanese-inspired streetwear collection released last year and The Metropolitan Museum of Art hosting its first-ever retrospective of Japanese fashion designer Rei Kawakubo this summer. Expect to see touches of embroidery, metallic and cherry blossom themes on a variety of loose-fitting and kimono-inspired wrap silhouettes. The minimalistic nature of Japanese design is exactly what designer Dinie van den Heuvel of Infantium Victoria found so striking and influential in the creation of her spring collection. “Minimalism is an exceedingly popular aesthetic these days,” she says, noting iconic Japanese designers Yohji Yamamoto and Rei Kawakubo are leading the way. “It’s very contemporary and beautiful yet utterly practical,” she adds.