I have kept you updated on the interesting collections that I came across at the London Fashion Week 2016. Adding to the bounty of titbits from this fashion mega-event, here’s a post about Toga’s whacky Autumn Winter collection called “Pleasures, Nature, Concurrence”.
Before I get into details about the collection itself, I must give you some extra info on this designer label. After all, you can’t truly appreciate a collection unless you know what fashion philosophy it is arising from. So TOGA is one of Japan’s leading designer brands, founded by Yasuko Furuta in 1997. In the past twenty years, the international presence of this brand has increased manifold and TOGA has received several prestigious awards for their creations. I have to admit though, what first draw me to the brand was its name. A toga actually is a blessed robe and that is exactly what Furuta’s design ideology is – creating unique outfits that are carry hidden complexities, layered structures and fine detailing. The apparel by this brand is crafted based on much research on fabric, many experiments with styling and continual fusion of different genres. And the final product reflects this effort beautifully, as evident from their AW 2016 collection.
TOGA’s “Pleasures, Nature, Concurrence” was full of eclectic clothing that drew inspiration from the natural world. It used varied motifs of animals, geological shapes, organic foods and even microorganisms like paramecium and bacteria. The objects incorporated into their designs were seemingly chosen at random, with an attempt to celebrate the beauty of anarchy. Many of the outfits had patchwork pockets and sleeves, asymmetrical, flowy silhouettes and many other eccentric nuances.
What I liked about this collection is that every garment sort of told a story. But you had to find the plot for yourself to enjoy its wild, wacky vibe. It certainly had me intrigued, what about you?