Paris Fashion Week Fall 2011: The Japanese Designers

Who: Comme des Garçons

What it made us think of: Victor Victoria in an ornate traveling circus

What we liked: Menswear/womenswear combo looks, mixed prints

What we didn't: Half exposed looks

Who: Yohji Yamamoto

What it made us think of: Punk rock troll dolls

What we liked: Dresses, cage skirts, lace, coats, peplum, legwear, boots

Who: Junya Watanabe

What it made us think of: Upscale Rebel Icon Chic

What we liked: Leather, biker jackets, silhouettes, gauzy knitwear

Who: Issey Miyake

What it made us think of: Napkins, origami, nomads, The British, optical illusions, Hoth--Lots of references but hard to find a way to tie them together

What we liked: Geometry, origami looks, colors, legwear, voluminous bottoms, coats

What we didn't: Underboob, crop tops

Who: Tsumori Chisato

What it made us think of: Patrons of an upscale ski lodge snowed in and embroiled in an over the top murder whodunit. Trust no one!

What we liked: Coats, sleeves, colors, sunglasses


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