A cryptic and twisted fairytale pulled into the digital age – a narrative that could only be conjured up by the mind of Jun Takahashi.
Corrupting fantasies to their core:
Last season, Takahashi claimed he “wanted to show how cold blooded girls could be” with his army of red-eyed possessed princesses complete with crowns made from hair. Today, a similar feeling of corrupting fairytales played out in the show. Models emerged on a carpeted runway filled with oversized red cherries and apples (replacing last season’s digital poison apples) to the haunting lyrics of Jonny Greenwood’s score for The Master. As the words “don’t sit under the apple tree with anyone else but me,” echoed through the show space, models appeared with feathered wings and headpieces that could have been borrowed from the wardrobe of Maleficent. What’s more, pink rubber bondage wrapped around the legs like thorns on roses, a fetishistic twist on the romantic.
At first glance, this season’s collection could have easily been coined as taking many of its references from Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan. But with Takahashi his inspirations are never that literal. In fact this season, he warped the familiar elements we’ve come to associate with children’s fairytales with LED screens that appeared on the front of garments and on bags – each one bringing together the futuristic with classic folklore.