On a particularly wintry day in Paris, Ryota Iwai’s luxe take on comfort dressing was like a welcoming hug or a warm hearth. Imagining people heading home from work to relax, he spliced office-dressing tropes with knits and voluminous outerwear to envelope the body, styling them with dry-cleaning bags to accentuate his theme.
His references were like familiar friends — tweed jackets, wool overcoats, sweaters doubling up as scarves — elevated thanks to his distinctive take on fabric development, with innovative wools and high-end blends developed in-house.
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His boxy silhouettes were paradoxically crisp yet soft, with tailored suiting in alpaca tweed and outdoorsy jackets worked in faded canvas in unusual hues. Fluffy mohairs and combed melton wool offered texture to his sporty separates and column dresses, and bonded wool outerwear combined consistency and delicacy, elevating parkas and bomber jackets.
His color palette was underpinned by a multitude of comforting browns and grays and punctuated with dusty pastels and the odd bright pop of turquoise, purple and red.
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