The last time I wrote about the obscenely talented Kazushi Hara he was a recent graduate of Bunka Fashion College and thoroughly pre-occupied with the re-appropriation of safety-pins to create vaguely classical structural body jewelry, well, in his latest work he has kept the obsession with structure and odd materials but drove the collection right into the future.
Everything (and I mean everything) in the latest collection is made from rubber bands and tape, so keep that in mind as you look through his work. Word is that due to the thickness of rubber and tape (and quality control that you would expect) that everything is actually very sturdy, although I do wonder about sitting down in one of those skirts…
Still, I think going on and on about that kind of thing would be a little churlish to say the least. This is after-all work that sits on the line between fashion and art that for most people will only be relevant in fashion editorials and maybe a party shot or two. But on the other-hand I have seen more and more people wearing these kind of huge accessories on the streets of Harajuku and Shibuya of late and it does feel like people are hungry for palatable (and affordable) avant-garde in their daily life.
But even as a set-piece of Junya Suzuki-esque costume it is something to behold, made all the better for how mundane the ingredients that go to create the magic.
Maybe that is the genius of Kazushi Hara that his work is by turns totally relatable and down to earth but also has the futuristic other-worldliness of Gareth Pugh.
Either way I really like it and can’t wait to see some styled coordinates from Fake Tokyo soon.
That is all I can offer you from the look book, but just incase you doubt the existence of the “clothes”, here it is on the rack in Candy in Shibuya.
Read more about Kazushihara here and why I think all eyes should be on Fake Tokyo here. For all the difficulties facing young Japanese designers, especially those who have effectively missed a collection due to the quake, it is so good to see someone giving them that much needed support. Particularly in the case of someone very niche and with hand-made elements that are not mass-market friendly, you do really need shops like Fake Tokyo to take a gamble and in this case, I am glad that they did.