Okay, I’ll be honest here: as someone who mostly wears black and not many other colours, let alone pattern and texture, I’m still continually surprised by my love of Tsumori Chisato and her darling designs. It’s all a little bit whimsical, but addictively so! There’s a sense of freedom and joy that runs though all Tsumori’s works, and I can’t help but smile and be a little bit caught up in the sweetness of it. Now, I’m not saying that I’m going to start looking at the world with any more wide-eyed wonder than strictly necessary (well, maybe a tiny bit…), but I may just be slightly more inclined to play with my wardrobe a little more. In fact, after dribbling a wee bit over this sublime collection from Tsumori Chisato, I’ve made it my goal for the rest of this year to be a little more adventurous when I’m pulling things out of the wardrobe in the morning…

I mentioned briefly pattern and texture above, and boy does Tsumori do it in spades! There are so many ideas and shapes and colours just in one show that it can be a little overwhelming, but that’s what makes it so special – kind of like walking the streets of Tokyo when you’re visually assaulted from all sides with new and exciting fashion, adverts, music and culture. Although Tsumori has been undoubtedly influenced greatly by her time in Europe and abroad, there is still a touch of Japan to be found in her clothing, from the beautiful use of colours, to the striking cuts and flowing shapes. It’s all so lovely, I might have to have a little lie-down to compose myself!

The work and craftsmanship in these two outfits in particular is just amazing.

I love the cartoon-like sunglasses! Just the right amount of silliness for everyday life.

Patchwork capes and flowing silks – what a gorgeous buttery shade!

Love those watercolour pastels and 60s simplicity.

The knitted caps kind of remind of kid’s elf cap that grannies used to knit (I’m pretty sure even my gran knitted sometimes, even though she was a fashion icon in her own right!).

Would wear. Um, the outfit on the right. Well, the left too – if I could wear trousers too!

I love both of these; the shooting stars, the women in princess dresses… love! Oh, and some cracking shoes too.

Mmm, excellent use of black. Yes, indeedy!

If you’d like to see more from Tsumori Chisato, see her homepage here, and be sure to take a peek at her blog here too!

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