It was the best dressed sportsmen we have seen in a very long time. Today, Japanese Kolor founder and designer Junichi Abe showed his collection for Spring Summer 2015 at Palais de Tokyo. Walking to the beats of James Blake and Ian Brown, both British musicians, the models were dressed in an intelligent mix of sportswear and formal dressing.
"The collection is not based on one central inspiration. My main guidelines are always sportswear and streetwear combined with new technologies. Then I add a little of my DNA to it," said the shy, but absolutely enthusiastic designer right after the show.
He must have some innovative DNA then. His designing process led to an interesting fusion of fabrics that, according to the designer, “never really went together”. Nylon and cotton paired in suit jackets, knitwear, and neoprene brought together in sweaters; it was all about trying to find that right balance between ordinary and more sophisticated textiles.
However, the looks in this collection must not be confused for actual sportswear. "I find my ideas within the world of streetwear, but they are not supposed to be worn while practicing sports." The same goes for the footwear inspired by tracking sneakers, produced by the designer as well.
It was the well-executed details that really set this collection apart from the rest. Just that one extra perforated block to a sweater, subtle lining on shorts and extra layer added to jackets; elements Abe refers to as “development”.