I first became aware of the beautiful Harukakimie at last October’s roomsLINK exhibition during fashion week (I’m never quite sure what’s actually officially part of fashion week and what’s just conveniently timed…), and I have to say that it was one of the highlights of the day.

The concept for this season is, on the surface, quite simple: clothes with wings. However, the way that wings and wing-like structures and shapes have been incorporated is truly wonderful. I’ll admit that on first hearing, wings might sound a little more like a naff Halloween costume than good design, but this is understated and chic; feminine and delicate. Layers of different pastel shades make up each item, with intricate ribbon ties and tiny details, and I’m pretty sure I could get lost for hours just examining one piece.

The vast majority of this collection is made up of dresses and tunics, and the wide A-line shapes help the wing elements to blend in a little more, rather than stick out like a sore thumb. Pastel colours are going to be hugely popular again this spring, and the charming mix of shades in each item adds to the overall layered effect. I kind of hesitate to use the term ‘whimsy’ here, but yeah, it’s pretty whimsical and beautiful and makes me want to jump around in the sunshine – I think I’m in shock!

I’m certain that many girls will fall head over heels for Harukakimie’s style – a more light and airy look that compliments the mori aesthetic and will be a great addition to any wardrobe. I really hope we’ll be seeing more from Harukakimie popping up in street style photography, and if the look book below is anything to go by then it’ll be a flighty summer…

I love how traditionally chic this looks.

Superb layering – I’m convinced there’s a secret clothing layering school that all Japanese people attend.

Time to fly!

Is there a sea-side version of mori? Umi-girls, maybe?

I hope you’ve fallen in love with Harukakimie as I have – to see more, including blog and previous collections (the hand-printed t-shirts and butterfly designs are well worth it), take a look at the homepage.

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6 Responses to Harukakimie – Clothes With Wings – Spring Summer 2012

  1. Sarah says:

    “I’m convinced there’s a secret clothing layering school that all Japanese people attend.”

    ME TOO!

  2. Rebecca says:

    @ Sarah – It’s the only explanation! 😉

  3. “Umi-girls?” Uh oh, please don’t tell me that’s a mixture of “sea punk” and “mori girls.”

    Sorry..I couldn’t help myself. Too many fashion subcultures popping up these days, but its awesome!

    And I was going to comment on the ‘layering’ comment as well. EXPERTS at layering in ways things have never been layered before, while still looking awesome. Very inspirational..I think even some of the most boring pieces of clothing can be interesting when mixed or reconstructed with something else.

    …But back to this label. It looks great! When I first read the title, I was afraid it was going to be a bit of a cheezy/obvious collection. (I wasn’t familiar with Harukakimie)..But I think the wing inspiration actually works great! And a lot of those pieces look so vintage, like they could be taken straight off of “The Virgin Mary” shop’s personal blog. Great article!

  4. Andrew says:

    I love the idea of bringing wings to clothes, and harukakimie has done a great job of making it actually work! Although my favorite piece here I think is the multi-toned/layered skirt on the left of the 6th image, even though it is not exactly wing-inspired (I love orange and yellow together!). All these clothes just seem totally ready-to-wear, like I would expect to have seen them on the street (or maybe style-arena, as I’m not in Japan) already, but at the same time there’s definitely a distinctive and coordinated feel to the collection. And of course, the layering is great! Is there layering built into individual pieces, or are they actually using multiple items/layers?

  5. Rebecca says:

    @ Lactose Intoler-Art – Haha, sea punk and mori – that’s amazing! I was kind of thinking more like sun-bleached clothes, salty hair, sand in-between toes and bits of driftwood… Why isn’t this a thing?!

    I’m glad you’re so inspired by Japanese layering! I think it can really elevate an outfit from nice to AMAZING 😉

  6. Rebecca says:

    @ Andrew – Hi, great to hear from you!

    I’m really glad you like this, Harukakimie is so darling, as is the designer. There’s a great hand-made feel to all of her work, and it feels really personal. As far as I can remember, the individual pieces had the layers built in, and then I think they were layered again for this look book shoot. Phew, that’s a lot of layers! 😉

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