Junya Watanabe looks to a biker aesthetic as the classic jacket gets a style update for autumn winter 2011.
It’s impossible to wrong with a biker jacket. The classic style was made famous by Marlon Brando (who also made the t-shirt a legitimate fashion item rather than just underwear) in The Wild One, who favoured a Schott. However if fans of Mr. Brando are after a new biker jacket now, we’re sure you’ll plump for a Junya Watanabe.
Toying with the shape of the jacket was key in the collection, with well-defined waists and bell sleeves giving a leather-clad super hero feel to an otherwise traditionally masculine item. Acknowledging that the biker jacket is a huge part of street punk fashion, there was a nod to this in the messily spiked hair of the models walking the runway, tendrils of hair escaping and giving a softer edge to the harsh sculptural lines of the clothing.
Elegantly draped fabric also played a large part in the collection. As with fellow Japanese designer Julius, Junya Watanabe made excellent use of large swathes of fabric wrapped and folded to create extra layers and contrasting lines. A particular favourite was the single draped panel of leather that simultaneous concealed and highlighted the body. Add to this a touch of long leopard print fur, and this was a classic collection from Junya Watanabe that was convention-busting at its best.