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Sacai Menswear S/S12

Chitose Abe, the designer behind the Japanese brand, serves up a new collection of beautiful yet wearable pieces where design is focused around the everyday

Chitose Abe, the designer behind understated label Sacai, unveiled her latest S/S12 menswear collection offering 21 looks that stuck closely to the brand’s creative message of "design built upon the everyday”. Since the menswear line launched in 2009 Abe has widen the creative remit without losing the core of what Sacai is all about. Sacai’s concept seems entirely appropriate for the modern fashion world where well made garments that we all love to wear are produced to the highest standard. Abe scores highly on all counts, producing a collection of core pieces that are given a twist by adding elegant elements, letting the clothes speak for themselves.

The Japanese label originally started over ten years ago,with just a womenswear line, now the brand has grown to include menswear, is now stocked at some of the most high profile fashion boutiques and stores worldwide including Colette in Paris, and its womenswear line showed its second A/W collection in Paris earlier this year. Remarkably, the brand has managed to stay away from the glare and pressure of centre stage in the fashion domain. Honing her craft at Comme des Garcons, Abe showed flair for incorporating mixed textures, something she has developed in her collections for Sacai. Sacai's clothing has managed to gain and maintain a strong following proving that Abe's success is not a flash in the pan nor something commercial and over-hyped.