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Photography by Henri De Carvalho

Junko Shimada Womenswear A/W10

Team with tights and this collection is a playful winner.

Some of these collections really call into question the exact whereabouts of the designer when they came up with their ideas for their designs, because I don’t think they had ever had “winter” in mind. But who’s to say that we should be wearing black in winter and brights in summer? Japanese designer Junko Shimada certainly isn’t one who’s about to dictate. Her fun collections, favoured by Lady Gaga, always go against the grain. This season, her bare expanses of flesh from ankle to calf and beyond brings tears to our eyes. The focus swiftly moves onto kaleidoscopic prints of polka dots and stripes dominating knitted dresses. Headwear is a middle-Eastern colour palette of fushia and orange turbans, which kept hair off minimally made-up faces. Footwear involved skyscraper high, candy-striped wedges.

There are some subdued pieces, a white, sheer, chiffon dress, a plain white dress with a black furry cape worn over the top but it’s not long before the monochromatic minimalism fades out. Striped Beetlejuice legs strut the runway with a patent black dress with furry cuffs and neckline which has a smattering of plastic hearts across the body, and a matching skirt for a more reserved look.

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