Emma-2 >> Don't know which made me more chuffed – seeing Emma Watson dress up in items that were clearly out of her comfort zone (errr…. Louise Gray x Pollini A/W 11-12 polka dot rubber boots?) or seeing Tsumori Chisato get a clothing credit in the latest November issue of Elle UK in the form of a quilted pink satin fur-sleeved varsity jacket that I can't trace to any one particular collection.  As I discovered back in May though when I went to Tokyo, the parts to Tsumori Chisato's collections are multi-stranded and seemingly never-ending.  Her clothes are there for you to escape into her particular world of illustrations, collage, travels and cartoonish delight and they go far beyond the catwalk ensembles that is one exaggarated facet of the world of Tsumori Chisato.

Sadly this season, I missed out on experiencing that instance of OTT delight because I got stuck at Haider Ackermann waiting for a backstage interview and taxi G7 let me down.  I could harp on about the completely downtrodden and miserable side of the fashion week trek but that would make me sound like a moany ungrateful twat.  I'll desist and instead revel in the fact that Tsumori Chisato's collection images alone are worth sallivating over.  Chisato's vision can get a little lost sometimes with the sheer abundance of everything – all those patterns, the silhouettes, the illustrations, the accessorising – each collection teaches me to just go with the flow though and in this S/S 12 collection in particular, the flow is tropical.  Yadda yadda, yes, all designers have been diving under the sea for treasures for their collections but Chisato has been there and done that of course with mermaids and sea creatures popping up in previous work.  I'm still kicking myself that I never managed to score a pair from the 2008 Tsumori Chisato x New Balance collaboration, which already look like they're trailblazing their way into S/S 12's seabed journey.  If Chisato has ticked off going under the sea in this collection, instead she raised the bar by imagining a Shangri-la paradise – somewhere where parasols are requisite and flecks of South East Asian dress are incorporated into the silhouettes without it lookling like a sad costume pastiche – for once, that thematic strand can be traced from beginning to end even if I am looking at pictures only.  

Still, knowing what filters down into Tsumori Chisato stores, this collection will be broken down into numerous ways.  I may have missed the show but my Tsumori fix will come again as I'm very excited to say that I'm going to Tokyo for Tokyo Fashion Week next week.  What was once known as Japan Fashion Week took a season out due to the circumstances earlier in the year and is now back with a sheeny shiny sponsor thanks to Mercedes Benz.  I'm of course eternally grateful for the opportunity to return to Tokyo for the second time in a year and I'll be working bloody hard to get as much as possible from the week both content wise but one or two trips *ahem* recreational tirps to Daikanyama, Koenji and Shibuya certainly won't go amiss… 

Ts

Comments (26)

  1. Antonia says:

    I actually think Emma pulls it off wonderfully and she makes the pieces look like something worth wearing!

  2. susie_bubble says:

    Ah my phrasing made it sound like I didn’t LIKE the way Emma Watson looked! On the contrary, I loved the unexpected styling… just pointing out that these are pieces that she herself would probably never wear in real life…

  3. fashion.dubrovnik says:

    Interesting designs :)
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  4. Klaudia says:

    best blog post i’ve read in a very long time! I’m hooked! love your writing on Tsumori Chisato x

  5. Kazuko says:

    even though tsumori chisato is not for me i’ve found myself buying 5 pairs of socks and stockings last time i’ve been to one of her stores. her stores just freak me out (in a good way) and i feel like buying everything (oh i’ve tried those huge wood-style cat-eye shades – fantastic. unfortunately i’ve had “a male” with me whose reaction made me insecure.) and that photo of emma watson – lovely and so unexpected!

  6. Savoy says:

    The sneaks are divine. Thanks for writing this post.

  7. Dorothee says:

    this is great design, love the different patterns, and absolutely love the satin jacket that Emma is wearing under the fur…
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  9. Duck says:

    Oooh jealous about going to TFW! And so good that Mercedes Benz are helping them out! Although does that mean there are now ridiculous press accreditation costs like New York and Berlin now?

  10. ydd:) says:

    Yay! I do do do LOVE tsumori chisato!:D actually I happened to chance upon one of her shoes last year in hongkong and I loved all tsumori’s designs from then on. Really happy to read this!:)

  11. Excellent prints and inspiring colors! A definite must have for the season to come!
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  12. Gervin says:

    I wish to see you in one of the shows in Tokyo Fashion Week. :)

  13. miche purses says:

    yeah, this is not the average cover from emma, that’s for sure

  14. Christine Ho says:

    This is ammazinggggg. I’ve always liked her whimsy.
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  15. Snowflake says:

    So many people seemed to hate the styling, but I liked it to see her out of her comfort zone and thought those clothes looked cool on her . Her personal style is quite bland (too much cream/beige colours) so it was nice to see her in more colourful outfits.

  16. train quilt says:

    Great article!Thanks for posting.

  17. amanda says:

    love that bomber holy shit!!

  18. Sóley says:

    Oh so pretty pretty pretty!
    Bottom center – I need that umbrella <3
    - Sóley

    wearepurple.blogspot.com

  19. Fashionistas says:

    She really has that look. She is a great endorser since if people see her pose she just blew them away. Such a pretty girl…

  20. tulip@onet.pl says:

    yeah, im in your way! ^^

  21. Rielle says:

    I think if it wasn’t Emma in those clothes, very few could have carried that look without looking a weird schoolgirl..

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