Julius remained its same dark self, but offered a pared down, on-the-go collection, composed of ergonomic jumpsuits, slip-on army boots, and sleeveless leather capes. There was a game of layering and contrasted widths: basketball-like baggy shorts were paired with a body conscious leather jacket and close-fitting robe; cargo trousers with heart-shaped pockets (the organ, not the symbol), gave an unexpected puffiness to the cropped, carrot-shaped silhouette, contrasted by a cinched leather jacket. A few screen prints appeared, on zipped frock coats and army pants – bringing a splash of greys onto the otherwise monochrome palette. And surprise! A totally white look – a paper-light flared coat sparkled in the jet-black runway.
Dazed Digital: What is the evolution since the past collection? Julius: This is a lot more minimalist than in the past I feel. Minimalism is key to this collection.
DD: Has the Julius man changed too changed? What is he thinking these days? Julius: The Julius man changes all the time – but like the show, this isn’t about a runway, but rather, an expression, a form of art. In his head… art.
DD:What about you? What are you thinking about these days? Julius: I’m very calm, I try to remain zen – as you know things aren’t easy in Japan at the moment.
DD:So what message does your show carry for your country? Julius: It’s time to be really Japanese!