It is no secret that as far as fashion designers go - Japanese ones take up a special place in my heart. Their knowledge of texture and shape is unrivalled and as we all know the Japanese are true innovators. One of my favourite Japanese designers is Tsumori Chisato. The former Issey Miyake apprentice creates sweet but stylish designs with a distinct feminine slant and her AW collection follows this design ethos but mixes it up a little.
This collection gives a nod to trends and styles from decades past and the colour palette features hues you'd usually see in S/S collections but I am personally fed up of neutral coloured collections.
Pastel knits with a swinging sixties influence feature here as well as a generous helping of prints. Chisato is well known for her unique use of prints so this collection should make the die hard Chisato fans happy. The thing that really set this collection apart from everyone else though was the way she incorporated illustration into her designs while giving the pieces a 20s feel. It makes for a particularly spellbinding collection.
This designer just keeps pushing the envelope and breaking design rules to create truly awe inspiring collections and with the opening of yet another international store (in Kuwait) it's obvious that the world is discovering her genius.
Tsumori Chisato AW11 is available online here and in various stockists worldwide.