Junko Shimada Ready To Wear Fall Winter 2013 Paris

Last season Japanese designer Junko Shimada celebrated her thirtieth anniversary on the catwalk, by telling stories from the Thousand and One Nights, with her oriental inspired silhouettes in eye-popping hues and bold prints.

This time, Shimada turned her back on the runway in order to start with something more refreshing: “I have a small, independent company,” she said at her presentation, “so it doesn't really make sense for me to try to mimic the commercial brands, by doing always the same usual fashion shows. It was Gotscho (ed. artist that already collaborated with Comme des Garçons and Dior amongst others) who came up with the idea of presenting the pieces on seven Totem-like installations. The archived pieces are at the top, the new ones on the bottom, accessorized with gloves.”

If Chanel is specialized in the “little black jacket”, then Shimada is certainly an expert of leather perfectos! More than three decades in the business made it possible for the designer to experiment with various fits, fabrics and textures in order to seek for the perfect biker jacket. Glossy leather, crocodile, lamb, calf and sheepskin came with bold embellishments, such as multiple buckles, fur and rivet-applications on front-yokes, lapels and collars, and decorative zippers.

“I didn't want to showcase new clothes only. It's about the evolution of my style, throughout time. This is why I mixed archive pieces with my new collection”, added the designer. I felt like ripping a leopard print jacket off the mannequin and jumping on my motorbike. Perfectos are just timeless.

- Elisabeta Tudor