The idea of power dressing has always intrigued me as much as it appeals. I’m more than happy to give a big thumbs up to big hair and even bigger shoulders, sharp tailoring and masculine details, but what really irks me (as something of a feminist) is old cliché that men = power; for a woman to become powerful through dress, she must imitate masculine qualities and style. I’m sure there’s a whole wealth of discourse written on this subject! On a very personal level, in terms of fashion I feel lucky to be female in the 21st century – I can show off my bare ankles one day, and dress entirely in men’s (Samuel’s!) clothes the next – it’s the advantage of choice that I appreciate.
To drag myself back to the subject at hand, Hisui’s collection has highlighted some awesome silhouettes and shoulder shapes. Shoulders were literally huge on the catwalks a couple of winters ago, and I seriously regret not snapping up a few vast and pointy beauties when I had the chance! Fear not, because not only have Hisui brought the shoulders back into focus with the great graffiti-esque scribbles dress below, but there’s gorgeous contrasting drapes too… and possibly one of the visual highlights of Japan Fashion Week!
I took a cheese-grater to a top last night; I was pretty happy with the results, but looking at the black jumper above it seems my handy grater & I still have something to learn! Love it paired with the shirt underneath. The sharp collar is echoed in the tiny crop jacket too – I’m smitten! Samuel has had to hide the scissors so I don’t crop every jacket in sight….
I’m really interested in the diamond-like silhouettes created by the outfits below – harem trousers have been around for a while, and drop-crotches always come to mind when I think of Japanese/Harajuku street fashion, but as someone who has more than their fare share of hips I tend to stay away from these shapes. However, paired with either a tighter top or bottom… I’d be more than happy!
More shoulder action – this time reminding me of a Valkyrie with a huge cape and armoured breast-plating. And trainers/sneakers. Beautiful purple too – really rich against the grey/black colours.
Below we have the more couture items – even though they still feel like street-wear as the models are wearing hi-tops! Isn’t it funny how footwear can totally change the mood of a piece? What can I say? Frothy pink meringues & drapes that wouldn’t be out of place on dolly kei fashionista?
As promised, here’s a couple of shots courtesy of Japan Fashion Week that prove Hisui is a brand to watch: