Sometimes the Gods of lighting, models and fashion conspire against you and every single shot comes out a just a little tiny bit too blurry (the minimal lighting favoured by most vintage shops in Tokyo is surely a test of patience and skill!), but sometimes, just sometimes, the photography Gods decide to smile… In this case, they smiled on In-Process by Hall Ohara, and I’m very glad they did. One of our most hotly anticipated shows from Fashion Week, I’ve been a fan of In-Process for quite a while, and it’s wonderful to see such a great design team getting the international recognition they rightly deserve.
This season was titled ‘Urban Nomadic’, and borrowed heavily from 90s British street culture. I really love the mix of both Japanese and English influences that’s also embodied in real life by Steven and Yukira: while the shapes of many items wouldn’t look out of place in any Japanese wardrobe, it’s tempered by Alice in Wonderland illustrations and crowns woven into the knitwear. Drop-crotch trousers, patterned tights and long cardigans made me long for winter evenings, curling up with a mug of tea and good book – decked head-to-toe in In-Process, naturally.
The real highlight for me, and also the rest of the audience of buyers, press and fans, was undoubtedly the latter part of the show: models emerged from the darkness into bright lights wearing incredible triangular folded garments. Calling to mind intricate nomadic tents and 1990s urban bomber jackets (at age 10 I had a rather fetching black silk bomber with furry collar – orange-lined, of course!), it was the perfect take on the title theme. It was really exciting to see such a huge leap forward in design conception and construction, and spoke highly of Hall and Ohara’s confidence in their own work – and rightly so.
I really hope we’ll be seeing more along these more conceptual lines in the future, and also seeing these ‘tents’ popping up in editorials and photo-shoots. I’m more than a little biased, but hey, I’m allowed to be, right?
I should also mention that for those of the less bombastic urban nomadic persuasion, custom In-Process by Hall Ohara nail transfers will, fingers crossed, be available too… Keep scrolling down for plenty of photos, and a couple of videos too: