Set in a concert hall of the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Japanese designer Daisuke Obana managed to up the show game on Friday evening through the imaginative context for his Spring Summer collection, with both the venue and the clothes. Momentarily living in a cinematic world, there was a constant backdrop of aural and visual effects. The collection focused on monochrome tones, even though there were elements of strong colour injections. The first black looks appeared to be adorned with silver tape, and the tape theme continued throughout, almost resembling stripes when put next to each other.
Black cropped trousers and smart shoes dominated the bottom half while stripes prevailed on top. An interesting eye print popped up, only to be upstaged by a white letter print on a black background. A strong yellow shade fought an electric blue for attention. But in the very last few minutes of the film... sorry, show... we saw two great check prints - one yellow the other in a subtle blue/white/red combo - that perfectly finished off the sartorial matinee.
Dazed Digital: What was your starting point?
Daisuke Obana: A graphic designer from the 60s called Saul Bass. He pioneered the design of title sequences. It's the bit after the film when all the name credits are shown.
DD: Tell me about the clothes, some of them looked like they had silver tape on them...
Daisuke Obana: Yes, that is a detail also inspired by Soul Bass and films from the 50s and 60s.
DD: How do we see the 60s in the collection?
Daisuke Obana: It's more a traditional 60s style.. cropped trousers, hats, the shirt style and the Oliver Goldsmiths glasses.
DD: So the letter print is also reference to the title background in films...
Daisuke Obana: Yes, that is also from Saul Bass!
DD: Do you have a favourite piece in the collection?
Daisuke Obana: The colourful printed knits in pink...