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.