Undercover Creates a Utopian Fantasy for Fall 2017

Undercover Creates a Utopian Fantasy for Fall 2017

Jun Takahashi brings an otherworldly approach to the new season.

Jun Takahashi brings an otherworldly approach to the new season.

Text: Jake Viswanath

Jun Takahashi has flirted with the idea of fantasy and extravagance in past collections, but his Fall 2017 offerings for Undercover take these motifs and shoots them with steroids, creating an immersive world where guests can do nothing but gawk at the wondrous displays of fancy in their view. He goes as far as to create an equal hierarchy of ten fictional orders represented in the show—aristocracy, wardens, soldiers, young rebels, nomads, clergy, agitators, choir, new species and monarchy. Each sect comes out one by one, forgoing the usual individual runway strut. But where they stood equal was in the intricate details and sheer audacity of each piece.

Describing the pieces using only words almost serves an injustice to the collection itself. These are the clothes that citizens of the Capital in the Hunger Games saga would wear, if Panam were the Utopian planet that Takahashi imagines. Bold honeycomb fabrics are transformed into grand tiered skirts and shoulder pads. Crocheted coats and puffers are overblown to maximum dimensions, while tailored little bombers are paired with wide-legged pants of velour patterns, muted plaids, and bright shades.

But no matter what role each look was mean to depict, the headgear stole the entire show across the board,  taking the already decadent looks to a regal level. Netting was constructing into various shapes—some were meant to veil the face, while others were adorned with tiny horns for medieval effect. Simple white fabrics were formed into several geometric shapes, and feathers were molded into twisted shapes, worn as a badge of honor.

Could a show with this level of extravagance and commitment be in response to the heated political climate? Possibly. But whether this was Takahashi’s intent or not, he leaves all other political displays during Fashion Week bare in comparison. Undercover became the silent highlight of Paris Fashion Week due to his sheer commitment to the theme and attention to detail apparent in every look. He embodies a level of imagination that reminds us of the power of fashion—to make us question, force us to step in others’ shoes, and lose ourselves in sheer awe.

Credits: Images courtesy of @Instagram

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