Yumi Katsura, presented her new collection Couture Spring-Summer at The Westin – Vendôme in Paris. This collection entitled “The Elegance Tie”, is a project of participation of “Japonismes 2018” which is currently held in Paris in commemoration of 160 years of Franco-Japanese friendship.
The designer expresses her own sense of japanism with materials, shapes and patterns of traditional costumes as subject.
The highlight is “The Elegance Tie”, symbolized by the Kimono Belt.
If in her past collections, Yumi Katsura were showing her love for Japanese painters from 20th century, this time she decided to think about Yumi Katsura’s Japonisme. Each look is based on the traditional Kimono and from there; the shapes, motifs and embroideries are constructed, with a special focus on the Obi and the elegant way to tie a Kimono.
Yumi Katsura gives a new interpretation of layering by mixing the occidental ribbon tie and the Obi, two different ways of playing with it. Kabuki, Ukiyo-e, cherry blossom flowers, Yuzen hand paint and Nishijin textile rhythm the collection that transcripts the traditions of Japan into the modern world.
Yumi Katsura joined the Paris Couture Collection since 2003. In 2005, she opened a Paris store, rue Cambon, in front of Chanel headquarters. Since, through collections and shop presentations, she continues to disseminate her works from Paris to the world, stuck to Japanese fashion culture and traditional techniques.Photos: Totem/YK-VOLTEM MAGAZINE