Onitsuka Tiger Fall 2023 collection was a remarkable display of the brand’s journey towards elevating the sportswear style. The creative director, Andrea Pompilio, has been taking small steps each season to bring a touch of fashion to the ASICS-owned brand and for this collection, he recontextualized sportswear as part of a broader conversation about dressing leisurely for today’s active and fast-paced lifestyle.
The first look was a woolen felt suit cut loose, which set the tone for the collection’s key themes – tailoring with ease and comfort, inspired by the comfort of tracksuits. Blazers were layered on top of each other, and the collection featured oversize peacoats and military-style double-breasted numbers in thick and textured woolen fabrics. Padded panels from bomber jackets added a touch of edge to the collection, while gabardine parkas had contrasting strings that fluttered as the models walked down the runway.
The collection also included knits made from pressed angora wool, which had a tactile and furry feel and were paired with long johns. These pieces came across as elevated WFH attire. Pompilio also included a few girly dresses, shirtdresses, and short numbers made from lightweight organza and jersey, which nipped at the waist and draped on the torso. Although these pieces were a distraction from the collection’s otherwise cohesive message, they added a touch of femininity to the overall aesthetic.
Pompilio cast models of different ages, including Marie Sophie Wilson, a Martin Margiela favorite back in the day. This was a nod to the brand’s young customer base, which they are proud of and continuing to nurture. The creative director himself stated that he, being almost in his 50s, is wearing Onitsuka Tiger, which goes to show that the brand appeals to people of all ages.
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