We are all aware of the recent upsurge of clothing by designers pertaining to the ‘Athleisure’ movement, where it is has become fashionable and commonplace to don activewear in daily life. Michiko Koshino SS18 appeared to recharge this trend, infusing the stylistic aspects of Japanese baseball teams from the 1940s-50s into a unique collection of contemporary garments that remained visibly faithful to their sporting heritage.
To the sound of roaring sports chants, models stood on a baseball green, backed by sections of painted foliage that projected a clean aestival vibe onto the display. Dressed in roll neck sweaters, loose fitted shirts, hooded jackets, nylon shorts, and finished off with baseball caps and neon socks emblazoned with bold text, the sporty ensembles showcased by the models each held a window to Koshino’s unique vision.
Remaining loyal to her approach, many garments were padded, resulting in a lightweight breezy feel that would be perfect for withstanding the humid summer temperatures. The colour palette doused the collection in hues strongly affiliated with sportswear, including crisp creams, neutral greys and deep blacks. Distributed in panels, blocks, and tartan patterns, these shades were complemented with neon oranges, greens and yellows that created an assortment of shapes and facets that the eye was drawn to.
The epitome of Michiko Koshino’s fusion of the contemporary with sportswear was demonstrated by a black shirt embellished with a baseball motif and completed with a cold shoulder style. Referring to a very current trend, the outfit melded the practical and the stylish in a memorable manner.
Boldly acknowledging the importance of the Athleisure style to fashion, Michiko Koshino SS18 successfully synthesized influences drawn from unique roots into a wearable collection, possessing multiple layers of interest.
Text: Libby Festorazzi