One of the many aspects that makes seeing, and shooting, the collections in Tokyo such a thrill is the emphasis on craft and creativity that seems to dominate the shows. This is definitely true for a small band of designers specializing in knit-fabrications that use the material like sculpture's clay, creating new shapes and ideas with every stitch.
Designer Motohiro Tanji is definitely in that small band. After seeing his work for the first time last season, I'd looked forward to the Spring 2016 show, and was not disappointed. The pieces were that elaborate, and other-worldly at times, looked almost like armor while somehow still portraying softness. They were complicated, but not overwrought, and in the end absolutely beautiful.
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All images: Cynthia Anderson for Style Wylde