Junya Watanabe Spring 2014: Cowboys and Indians
There's always a sense of play in Junya Watanabe's collections, and for Spring 2014, the designer seemed to be playing a grown-up game of cowboys and Indians. How else to explain the over-the-top feathered headdresses, the pieces that incorporated thick strands of fringe, the tribal motifs worked into skirts, or the many pieces designed for a distinctly chic Lone Ranger? (On that front, Watanabe created some very cool jeans, two compelling leather motorcycle jackets, and then balanced black cowboy hats on top of a few models' wild braided hairdos.)
But for all the thematic glory of this show, the clothes are incredibly commercial. And that's where Watanabe has always succeeded: blending art and commerce in a way that looks almost effortless.