Junko Shimada Ready To Wear Spring Summer 2014 Paris
There was quite the kerfuffle at Junko Shimada, as the second round of the mini-presentations she was holding in the courtyard of her boutique neared. As her team scrambled to place seats for select guests, displacing immediately disgruntled photographers, who were losing their prime view of the minute catwalk lost in dense foliage. That all made the collection a little hard to see, but for those who had the time to pause in the store space, it was on display. Cyprien Chabert, whose work portrays a vegetal utopia in black and white, collaborated to provide the prints that Shimada used for her summer wardrobe, peppered with a few sheer animal prints.
The Japanese designer created the wardrobe of a wildling, all wild hair and muddy feet, running through the forest in ruffled dresses that played on the splicing of very sheer leopard, and the season’s print. As a result, this felt too busy; it’s doubtful anyone would want to wear a sheer brassiere that barely hides the breast but Junko Shimada had no qualms about going the whole way in her depiction of a female Robinson Crusoe. Much more successful and therefore worth remembering, were the voluminous full length skirts and a classic trench coat made striking by Chabert’s personable penmanship, here on full display, and Shimada’s cuts.