Tuesday, 12 April 2011
KOKON TO ZAI A/W 2011: Let's go back to the 20th Century.
The A/W 2011 collection by Kokon To Zai reminded me of the first time I flicked through an art book on the 20th Century. The combination of primary colours and bold, graphic lines is reminiscent of the works of Matisse, Picasso, Mondiran and Miro. The fearless combination of colours; ranging from citric orange and magenta also makes me think of the work of Howard Hodgkin. The colours in this collection are set against flashes of monochrome, making it a very striking ensemble. Both the menswear and womenswear collections sit side by side, complementing and merging into one another. On top of this, an array of textures have been used within each look - there really are no limitations. It is a fashionable feast for the eyes, which is on the border of being outlandishly crude but somehow it works. Forget less is more, this Autumn is all about pushing boundaries.