Paris Fashion Week Men’s – Facetasm A/W 2018/19
Moving into the Men’s Paris 2018/19 schedule, Facetasm presented a multifaceted collection that ultimately reflected the Tokyo-base brand’s ironic name and ethos – ‘facet,’ meaning to have many faces. The design house, combines Japanese youth cultures with avant-garde aesthetics, similarly expressed a sense of eclecticism that echoed the theme of ‘emotions’ through its latest sartorial parade, which was depicted amid a multitude of materials.
Facetasm’s creative director Hiromichi Ochiai declared a feeling of nostalgia in relation to his collections underlying current of emotion: “As we grow older, we begin to hide these pure emotions that we once so strongly felt as kids. Then, suddenly, these emotions come pouring out, as if a flood hit a broken dam. Yes, it is different emotions mixed together, but in the end . . . we are asking the models to smile. In the end, it is happy.”
In a show that saw a creative cohort of men and women’s styling, fabrications included effects of pleating, crinkling, distorting, layering, fringing and knotting, each of which reflected a different mental state, suggested the designer. Men’s outfits saw an assortment of tasselled bomber jackets, baseball-inspired shirts and shorts, colour-blocked anoraks, oversized shearling-lined denim coats, motif woollens and thick leather trousers with chaps.
Women wore mismatched trench coats, jumbled-knitted bodysuits styled over trousers, vibrant yellow shoes concealed in shearling and double denim. Layered skirts and dresses, gossamer stockings, streetwear separates, tailoring, flying jackets and a series of red on red finale looks represented the dichotomy of guises that collectively made for an exciting and diverse collection.
Facetasm’s latest presentation stayed true to its signature aesthetic of complex layering and conceptual tailoring that intermingles the notion of sportswear, encompassing a distinctive, utilitarian flair that targets the subversive, urban consumer.
Words by Kate Farley