WMCFashionWeek Unzipped: UNTTLD

Posted 10 years ago by myetvmedia

Designer duo Jose Manuel St Jacques and Simon Belanger, UNTTLD often interpret song lyrics, poems or quotes as inspiration for their collections. Their Spring/Summer 2013 runway collection presented at WMCFashionWeek in Toronto was inspired partly by the traditional forms of Japanese theater Noh, Kabuki, Bunraku and Butoh. It was inspired! Dramatic and elegant but full of clothing that would be completely wonderful to own and wear.

Kabuki emerged at the beginning of the Edo period (1603-1868) and was based on popular legends. Characterized by striking costumes and stylized acting it was once considered avant-garde. Costumes are colourful, sumptuous and extravagant. The Fondation Pierre Berge – Yves Saint Laurent has devoted its 17th exhibition to Japanese Kabuki costumes.                                                                                                    trouvaillesdujour.blogspot.ca

Drama greeted us on the UNTTLD runway; floating black silk kimono-like robes, dresses that had just the wind to give them shape and volume and others that were carefully designed to produce dramatic silhouettes. Totally elegant, Japanese inspired garments with surprise combinations of transparent fabrics, shimmering silk and leathers. Some were clinched at the waist with beautiful patent leather belts while others floated across the body.

The collection had something for every possible occasion and comfort; very tiny mini skirts and shorts to mid calf and ankle length ensembles. Pure blacks gave way to a deep Kaki green. Everything had a tailored look with careful and obvious attention to the feel and texture of the fabric. Suddenly pure whites appeared on the runway with kimono style sleeves on floating blouses.  Skirts with ruffles, slender cigarette pants, skirts to hug the hips, diaphanous fabrics. Then a beautiful metallic fabric glowing in a fire orange – copper, crinkled and folded into blouses, skirts, and dresses that hugged the body or let it be free beneath a floating form. The summer is going to be an exciting world if just one item from the UNTTLD collection makes it into your wardrobe or you see a flash of it floating by.


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