Saturday, February 7, 2009

Akira Isogawa Printemps Ete 2009

Akira Isogawa, my favourite Australian (Japanese-Australian) designer, talks about clothing as a physicist might discuss molecular behaviour, or the nature of matter:

"You must recognise that space between the skin and the body changes when the textile is loose, I feel that fashion transcends what we think it is, it should be our expression, our identity. When I design, I try to be honest and to communicate something within me. (But) my job is to cover the body in a flattering way".

(The Age Sept 2008)


















www.akira.com.au

This Printemps Ete 2009 collection was Akira's 10th show in Paris, and seems to continue on somewhat from the story of the Resort 2009 collection I posted in Akira Resort 2009. You could still find some vibrant colours, but they were not as bold, the fabrics were also softer and more fluid, and some pieces whispered with soft watercolours.

This is the first time I have seen such 'Japanese'-influenced photos used by Akira in his lookbook, as in, the cutesy poses (for GG fans, the penultimate photo reminds me of 'Blair' in that photoshoot!), the Asian model (makeup by Shu Uemura), the hair & hairpieces
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This collection made my heart sing, especially the watercolour maxi dress, pleated mulicolour cape, beaded cropped jacket (and the beaded scarf), sakura prints, and oh my the kimono (be still my beating heart)! I absolutely adore every piece of his! And look! I had to include the last picture, as those are the best pants I have ever seen Akira design, almost like his interpretation of the Harem pant, but so incredibly elegant and poised, that outfit makes me sigh...


Side note, when chatting to the lovely Akira SA Dana, she commented on the Dries Van Noten beaded/sequinned shirtdress I was wearing, and I shared that DVN and Akira were my absolute favourite designers. We discussed that that is due to both designers' love & focus on textiles, which is one big reason why I love their designs so much, they are works of art. In fact, they may even vie for the same embroiderers...(you didn't hear that from me).

Seeing this collection by Akira has inspired me to wear his blue silk dress to my family 'do' this afternoon...In fact, I'd better go get ready!

36 comments:

  1. i see why you chose a wedding dress from this designer, the clothes are absolutely beautiful, elegant, and sophisticated.

    And i could see you wearing any of these outfits, especially the last one ;)

    it's so hard to single out one look, they're all so beautiful: 5, 12, 18, and the last one i like a lot. and i love the obis too.

    I've been reading so much about other bloggers love of Dries. I really need to start paying more attention.

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  2. Ooh, thanks so much for posting! I really like these. There are a couple I would just love to own. I like how the dresses are really pretty, but I feel as if they can be lived in...

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  3. Ok now I'm in Love he is sure a designer to watch !!

    Love all those dresses!

    and the model is quite funny :)

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  4. what gorgeous images and the model is a delight. i love akira too.

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  5. the print jacket is amazing, i love the gathering detail on the back.
    and thanks for your lovely comments!

    Mathilde x

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  6. I love every single one of these looks. The shape, the patterns and the colours, wow!

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  7. this girl is so pretty!!and love ur blog dear !!thanks for ur comment kisses HANDE

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  8. the collection is beautiful! the color, fabrics, prints, & those shoes! they're so fun!

    xoxo,
    La C.

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  9. I love the choice of colours. They are lovely shades, especially the greens and reds.

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  10. i also love the watercolour maxi dress !!! and i love the purple one !!! i didn't know akira isogawa before i read your blog. i am happy you made me discover his beautiful creations.

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  11. love this

    www.balmainbazaar.blogspot.com

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  12. The combination of print and draping is perfect.... they are also undeniably 'you' if you know what I mean....

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  13. I can't believe I was in Paris during Fashion Week and only found out after the fact...

    There are some really gorgeous pieces there, wish I wasn't on such a student budget!

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  14. Oh, those dresses are gorgeous! And I'm seriously considering wearing my hair in a high side-bun next week...

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  15. I really love the things you pick to put on here haha the asian/japanese style is really great, especially the different prints and cutting that they use!

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  16. akira is perfection. All the garments are just amazing!


    x
    http://gracioulyzoe.blogspot.com/

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  17. The maxi dresses are pretty much perfect. I haven't seen such beauty in a long time!

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  18. Eu quero esses sapatos :o lindos!

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  19. Those designs are pure perfection, the one i love the most is the third piece you present. The combination of colors is what caught my attention.

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  20. these are beautiful! Great post.

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  21. That quote was really inspirational. I love designers that feel a sense of responsibility with what they create.

    Thank you so much

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  22. I love the Japanese inspiration!! yay!!!

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  23. They are all so beautiful! Amazing colours, I would gladly wear all of them!

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  24. beautiful collection. i am absolutely smitten with the third dress. the colors are bold and designs heartening.

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  25. beautiful beautiful dresses! the model is gorgeous as well...and the shoes! amazing! :)

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  26. Akira is most def. at the top of my list for Australian Fashion, his attention to detail is beyond amazing! There hasn't been a single collection of his that i haven't been inspired by =]

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  27. Love Akira! He's an amazing designer. Good news -- we'd love to add you as a Trendsetter on our site (www.shopittome.com/trendsetters). Email us if you're interested - trendsetters@shopittome.com - we'd love to tell you more about our site and get you up and running among our favorites!
    -Natalie

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  28. The orchids in the hair is genius! ahah, beautiful collection.

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