Mihara Yasuhiro‘s 2023 Fall collection was a commentary on authenticity and imitation, where he explored the use of distressed thrift-store tropes and turned them on their heads. The collection, showcased in a former furniture store in Paris, was presented by the designer himself disguised as one of a troupe of waiters serving tea.
The collection featured a range of outerwear, with the puffer jacket being the core medium. The designer presented a variety of iterations of the streetwear staple, including satin with a blurry sprayed-on dye effect, intentionally faded vegan leather, crushed velvet tailoring, distressed knits, and blue striped shirting fabric all with voluminous padding.
One of the most striking elements of the collection was the playful use of shapes. Designs were either super-loose with integrated capes, or rounded and cropped, accentuating the shoulder blades. The padded hems crossed the back of a denim jacket and ran down the sleeves, exaggerating the silhouette.
In addition to the bold visual elements, there was also a strong sense of creative wit involved in Yasuhiro’s discourse. On certain jackets, the words “Sublime meets ridiculous” imitated the shape of a well-known outerwear brand’s logo. In collaboration with designer Kota Okuda, a knit dress and a T-shirt cum cape were emblazoned with giant dollar bills, an extension of the jewelry collaboration that allowed Yasuhiro customers to wear their money.
Mihara Yasuhiro also played with the concept of imitation, with pants worn baggy and jackets given frayed satin edging mimicking the lining inside flea market finds that have seen better days. This effect was taken even further on the back of a wrap-over trench, with the satin splayed out like wings across the back.
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