Using the aestheticism of Oscar Wilde as a platform, Mihara Yasuhiro again developed his particular brand of elegant boyishness at his Paris show. Set to an astounding original composition performed by Hiromi Yasuhiro, his wife and a prolific pianist, the Japanese designer's young nihilists were flecked in gold and aptly dressed in garments made of a distilled decadence. In lieu of the traditional cotton and tweed, Yasuhiro utilised jersey to create the scholarly tailoring; blazers with trains gathered over arms, high-breasted waistcoats and trousers gathered above the knee served to paint a picture of a Victorian era street urchin who won the lottery.
Dazed Digital: How did you find your way to Oscar Wilde?
Mihara Yasuhiro: I read the Happy Prince - one of his stories for children - and was amazed at the generosity of the main character. That isn't something that is always present in this industry and so I thought it could serve as an interesting example.
DD: I liked the sense of the unfinished - much of the knitwear was carefully torn, and the shoes half coloured and barely flecked with gold.
Mihara Yasuhiro: Yes! I thought it was important to respect the distance of the time I was trying to reference.
DD: Do you think there is a measure of this decadence that will continue on with you in your future work?
Mihara Yasuhiro: My strength comes from it in a way, and I know I want the next collection to be even stronger. I do enjoy shocking people, and that is not going to change either.