My weekly Style Bubble read was lit up from within by one particular image, taken backstage at Japanese designer Tsumori Chisato’s SS 2011 show:
Kaleidoscope hues seen through a sugary haze of pop culture influence – manga and cherry blossoms, Cartoon Network, bohemia, and Cher Horowitz Clueless cuteness. Scalloped hemlines, ruffles, thigh highs and an irreverent profusion of prints danced down the runway.
Some research produced my conclusion that the most consistent thing about Chisato’s style is the boundless imagination she applies to each and every thing – from garments, to campaigns, accessories and shows. Stockings aglow with the man-in-the-moon; feet dipped in indigo; girls reclining against celestial star bursts as if in outerspace; bags shaped like purring cats and prints to pore over all day.
Chisato began work with Issey Miyake in 1977 and launched her eponymous line in 1990. Since then she has worked in Paris and has built a substantial following in the States.
Fashion can be so serious sometimes, as the glorious Anna Dello Russo often points out.
I think Chisato’s playful, imaginative aesthetic is just the remedy.