青山 Knitting Works has to be my New Favourite Place, I think. Fashion and craft and shopping; a feast for the eyes and the soul… From workshops to flea markets to showcasing new designers, there’s a great variety on offer, resulting in a unique shopping experience.
It’s a perfect example of why I love shopping in Japan actually; be it Tokyo, Osaka or somewhere less cosmopolitan, the effort that’s put into showcasing the items on offer is remarkable. From underground dungeons to airy lofts, pink princess castles to tiny rooms crammed with antique knick-knacks, the brand shop is the logical conclusion of the brand image made real. (Have you seen the human ribcage in Grimoire? Wow!)
One of the aforementioned up-and-coming brands that’s caught my eye is In-Process. You had me at the chain print shirt and looped knitted scarves…
Well, hello there! I’m so taken with these amazing layered scarves that I’ve loaded my neck up with a couple today too – it’s also quite cold, so it’s practical too, right? I love how the plaits and braids echo the model’s wigs – the theme of this collection is ‘Long Hair Princess’, just imagine unwinding those scarves like Rapunzel’s hair and give the prince a helping hand…
Is it just me, or do wonky wigs make several appearances on the catwalks this year? It really adds a rushed/distressed feel!
So we’ve had plaits/braids as knitwear, and I’m giving both thumbs up to the originality of the theme repeated as braces/suspenders! I always think a brand has done well if my immediate thoughts are to how I can purchase/replicate the look myself! Loving the single red button on the trousers too – red is a great accent colour that’s been all over accessories this winter, and it picks up wonderfully the model’s red lipstick too.
For something a little softer, I just had to feature the fab lace and waterfall dress – again, it could be fun to recreate, but getting all those folds in the right place, argh! The pale pastel argyle stockings are great, and the structured pattern really contrasts against the flowing shapes on the top half.
Ah, chain print… a fashion favourite on and off for a while, this is probably the chicest take on such a pattern I’ve seen for a while. Adorned with tiny locks & keys, it’s a quirky mix of chintz and industrial functionality, and the solid black shoulders and button detail really elevate it from the norm. Paired with red shoes, too! Reviving the red button from the trousers above, the long-length cardigan gets a make over – these kind of oversize cardigans are pretty much a wardrobe staple, but the exaggerated longer back and contrasting buttons make for something more unusual.
The black silk dress below is a gorgeous take on a gothic baby-doll classic (oh, to be 14 again!), but what really sells it to me are the stockings – pale grey, almost lilac, and with such an amazing print; I’ll take a pair please! They’d look amazing with classic masculine brogues for a feminine edge to vintage male style.
Finally, we finish with In-Process’s version of the phenomenally popular sheepskin aviator jacket; the oversize collar and waterfall front soften the military look, and give structure to the formless dress underneath – the flash of blue perfectly complimenting the predominant tan shade.