As the opening show on Friday morning, Watanabe's outing was just perfect; sunny weather, a beautiful garden setting, fresh grass, endless croissants and coffee, and - most importantly - an excellent collection. Having found (and stayed with) a similar theme for a few seasons, the Japanese designer once again perfected his luxe workwear, English country house and American farm boy look. As different as they sound, they all work perfect together - and this season that was demonstrated through an never-ending supply of dungarees. In different fabrics and colours they came out with wellies and gorgeous button down shirts, some of which benefited from a patchwork of different fabrics.
A few of them came in a great paisley fabric, others were part of Watanabe's longstanding Brooks Brothers collaboration. Workwear parkas shared the garden stage with waxed cotton jackets in blue, red, burnt orange and a Barbour green. The more formal section featured suit jackets - still with dungarees - and often over stripey Breton tops. Lastly, Watanabe sent out a handful of white shirts and black dungarees. Truly a great end to an excellent show.