The brainchild of the Japanese designer Teppei Fujita, the sulvam Spring/Summer 2024 seizes the zeitgeist and gracefully weaves together the threads of traditional elegance and modern streetwear. Fujita continues his intriguing exploration into the notion of barriers in fashion, striving to blur the lines between formalwear and everyday attire. It’s an ode to the essence of fashion as an intrinsic part of life, rather than an exclusive luxury.
The sulvam Spring/Summer 2024 collection is more than just clothes on a rack; it’s an anthropological study of contemporary fashion. Fujita, the orchestrator of this symphony of fabrics, derives his inspiration from the streets of Paris, observing how ordinary people embrace fashion as an integral part of their daily lives. Infusing his Japanese heritage, Fujita transforms traditional clothing into ensembles that feel distinctly modern yet nostalgic.
“Here, fashion is something that is part of living, it’s a lifestyle,” Fujita stated backstage after the show, speaking through an interpreter. He conveyed an earnest concern for the accessibility of fashion. “If fashion’s only for rich people, it will disappear.” This humble sentiment resonates through his innovative designs.
Fujita plays with the familiar—dress shirts and suits—but he deconstructs these staples and reimagines them with a distinctive twist. Tailored by hand in the Paris atelier, the dress shirts flaunt elongated silhouettes and a crumpled, lived-in look. The slouchy suiting is accentuated by Fujita’s signature enlarged pockets and thread fringing details, contributing to an overall relaxed yet chic aesthetic.
Fujita’s designs retain a sense of freedom and fluidity. Sweater and jacket sleeves hang loose, allowing the models’ bare arms to make a bold fashion statement. Further pushing boundaries, seams on denim and elongated tailoring are slightly offset, giving a new dimension to these everyday wearables. Sarouel pants in crumpled check fabric hang super-low at the crotch, adding an extra layer of nonchalance and comfort.
Delving into the realm of sportier attire, Fujita employs tone-on-tone motifs, interweaving flowers and a subtle treble clef motif. A biker-style jacket features a tribute to Fujita’s personal touch, with a graphic dragon tattoo over its shoulders, effectively merging personal aesthetics with commercial fashion.
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