Tsumori Chisato Womenswear A/W12

The Japanese print maven looked back to her holiday snaps taken in Switzerland

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A Tsumori Chisato show is always a trip through some imaginary land that is drawn out inside her head. This time around, Chisato invites us to go skiing with her. "I spent my holidays in Switzerland. I was deeply inspired by the cable cars and the cable railways. I drew my collection following these graphical lines," she explained in the press notes and sure enough you find the lines of a cable car mechanisms and the slopes cutting through a collection heavy with colour blocked knits and coats. Chisato also turns to printing photographs on her garments, which is new territory for her as she thought of "turning memories into prints."

I spent my holidays in Switzerland. I was deeply inspired by the cable cars and the cable railways. I drew my collection following these graphical lines

Therefore her own holiday snaps taken by her husband in Switzerland are printed on silk, fixed on cotton or worked into tweed. There’s deliberate imperfection worked into the collection the shadows of her husband taking the photograph are left imprinted on the dress, which looks less like a mistake and more like a deliberate piece of art. Decorated Tyrolean patterns, pine trees, yetis and owls complete this jaunt through the ski resort. This was a Chisato trip that felt more rooted to reality, which was down to the use of her own photographs but lowering the cartoon factor did not dent the clothes. If anything, they were enhanced.

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