For our women’s and men’s collections for Spring Summer 2018, we celebrate two muses - one who represents the modern view of the house, and one from its past. Two people who revolutionized the global zeitgeist in very different ways. Between these two people, there are as many parallels as there are divergences. What remains unique is their individual capability to inspire, provoke and influence.
Ryuichi Sakamoto for us remains to this day, one of the people who sparks a myriad of ideas in everything we do. Starting off as one third of pioneering electro group, ‘yellow magic orchestra’ and then a solo composer, activist and dancer, over the course of his career he has epitomized progress and reform, enlightenment and enrichment.
Sayoko Yamaguchi, one of the world’s original supermodels, was one of Kenzo Takada’s muses. Her originality lay in her capacity to offer chameleon-like qualities to endless inspirations. Upon looking through the many images in the house’s archives of her and Kenzo, we were inspired by her transformative character.
For both collections, we aim to capture the duality of the two figures. We look to the era when they both ruled on two distant continents; to Ryuichi’s personal flair when questioning the norm, and to Sayoko’s ability to mix patterns, prints, silhouettes, and colors.
Carol Lim & Humberto Leon