Founder and designer of Tokyo based label Kolor is Mr Junichi Abe, a graduate of the prestigious Bunka Fashion College in Japan and a former designer at Comme des garcons. Since his launch of the brand in 2004, it has quickly become admired for it’s innovative approach to design and meticulous attention to detail, boasting a strong emphasis on fit, fabric and construction.
As you might expect from an autumn/winter collection, the tone and colour are mixed from a muted palette, where the materials, form and silhouette used are blunt and textured. This does not however indicate a lack of invention, as the brand’s signature offbeat and progressive style is ever present and particularly evident in the raw and contrasting blue denim and corduroy details.
Much of the collection demonstrates a loose, creased and casual aesthetic, striking a perfect balance between sophistication and practicality. The deconstructed blazers and outerwear highlight this mix of art and function, where layering is suggested with exquisitely tailored cashmere, fused to panels of a more contemporary jersey. The knitwear and shirts achieve the Japanese ‘slouchy yet fitted’ style with an insouciant ease, while the earthy hues and fabrics used mean they may combine well with Nordic brands such as Our Legacy and Norse Projects.
Trousers from this campaign blend a modern and comfortable low crotch fit, with traditional materials and the formal fitting waistbands dropping to a flowing, lounge leg with open, unhemmed cuffs.
Now in it’s eighth year, Kolor’s distinctive, edgy designs are no longer flying under the radar. Instead, the label has cemented its place amongst the premium Japanese designers with their unique fusion of intricate detail and functionality.
Selected items from the Kolor AW12 collection are available from Farfetch.