When I wrote about Hisui, following last year’s Japan Fashion Week, I called this brand one to watch – and I’m pretty chuffed to say that I was right.

Almost seamlessly building on the previous collection, this autumn/winter season sees Hisui continuing on great form with structured shapes & details contrasting with layered drapes. I’d call the colour¬†pallete this time around something along the lines of ‘winter sunset’; silvery greys and dark tones echoing stark leafless branches, and richer colours (as seen in the amazing knitwear piece below) adding the warmth of a low sun in the sky. Lovely. I’m really taken with some of the more underwear-like details too – look out for boning and garter-like gathers on one of my favourite pieces, and some wonderful woollen braiding and weaving.

Like many would-be exhibitors for Japan Fashion Week this time, Hisui have postponed their show, but released visuals & a video beforehand and will be live streaming from the catwalk. Read on for more details…

A peek at the lookbook collection;

Long live long socks! I love the coat on the right – high fashion silhouette with some great little military button details.

Hello, that’s not my underwear! All three of these looks are stunning – drapes, tucks, folds and frills.

Excuse my while I just dribble over all this glorious knitwear. Glorious! I’m also digging the rusty-coloured cape too.

And finally, some brights: I can see the ever-so-slightly out of focus vibrant tartan being a huge hit on the streets – great fusion of a Chanel-esque classic style with a punkier edge.

I highly recommend watching the collection video below (if you can’t wait for the live show streaming on 22nd April by Tokyo Fashion Film!), as not only will you get a great feel for the collection, but you’ll be able to really feel the growth and renewal that is embodied by the models expanding upwards to fill the clothes. And a pretty amazing series of yellow dresses.

Well done Hisui, and here’s to spring following the winter sunset!

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