nude: masahiko maruyama can always be relied on for a sombre call to arms against the usual glitz and glamour that goes hand in hand with fashion week, and nude does this simple gothic austerity with such skill that it makes you want to abandon all frivolity and retreat to their wardrobe of drapes and black – lots of black.  nude’s compact collections are always knowingly genderless with many items re-occurring in both the males and female lines (check out aptform for more of this) and as anyone who knows us personally here at Tokyo Telephone will attest to – this is a matter that strikes very close to our hearts.  I will be handling the men’s line today and Rebecca will be giving her take on the women’s tomorrow – hopefully we can tempt you over to the dark side of fashion that we enjoy so much.

The collection may lack the visual dynamism that contemporaries in the current Stealth Projeck and indeed Julius may employ, but this A/W collection has so much presence and substance in its simplicity that you cannot fail but fall for its charms – enjoy:

Textured drapes, hearty boots and rich darkness.  It is hard to do it wrong, but it is harder to do it this well.

The collection is built around a handful of key items that turn up in both male and female lines – this parka being a key example.

Love the shiny leather detailing that ties the outfit together.

The details are simple, but strong – like the bold hand stitching on the shoulders of the above.

The suits are sincere and befitting of this new industrial, yet avant-garde uniform.

The current nude collection can be found at most of the key Tokyo select shops including Loveless, B’2nd and the wonderful Guild Prime.  Although I have to say that this designer is also enormously popular outside Japan so you probably won’t have far to go to find a stockist – check the official site for all the details.

If this has piqued your interest then call in tomorrow when Rebecca will be going through the equally brilliant women’s collection.  We often share our wardrobe here at Tokyo Telephone so we are all for this kind of gender neutrality and there is no doubt in our minds that this is where the future of fashion lies – what about you?

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