Though Fall 2013 saw no shortage of Junya Watanabe's usual womenswear (punk-styled reinterpretations of archetypical garments i.e. composited black leather jackets, raw-edged rebuilt and patched denim, 70s argyle dresses), a middle segment of the show exhibited a surprisingly futuristic capsule of mixed-material, anatomically panelled outerwear. Possibly the cold-weather leaning spiritual successors of the sportswear heavy SS13 (which featured multicolor nylon taffeta parachute pieces produced in collaboration with Puma), these aesthetically forward garments proposed a unique blend of sci-fi fantasy and performance.
Rib-knit inserts body-mapped onto the arms use the material's stretch and ventilation to increase mobility and comfort while channeling the dark biomechanical textures of H.R. Giger. Complex curved and angular panels are sculpted around body geometries, series of darts sculpt the shoulders and sleeves, a circular back vent is integrated into elegant corset panelling. An elasticated/ruched back yoke pinpoints a moto gear influence. The long iteration here also adopts a hybrid personality, wearable as both a dress and overcoat thanks to the point collar styling and chunky center front double-zip. It's forward-thinking, directional, and dramatic, making for a piece that still feels fresh to this day.
Finished with full cupro-lining mapped to the wool face fabric panels, four sizeable zippered pockets, and Comme des Garcons branded waist snap tab closure.
Made in Japan 9/10 Condition, with no rips, stains, or tears
Fit Notes: Tagged a size women's medium, fits slim to size. Best suited for a women's XS-S