As I flipped through the runway images from the Junya Watanabe fall 2015 ready-to-wear show I couldn’t help but think, “I have nothing in my closet that looks like this.” I then began looking at the structure of the pieces. The statement hats and the oversized necklines made me change my original thoughts. Sometimes runway looks don’t have to be taken so literally, but rather interpreted into more wearable looks!
This runway show featured mainly all black and white outfits. However, when a red piece appeared or even an olive brown shade, your eye is instantly pleased. I took this idea and applied it to my own look. First, I kept every piece of the outfit extremely neutral, with black pants, black flats and a gray hat. I then decided to pick that bold color, in my case a vibrant burnt orange, and allow it to break up all the neutral pieces, doing exactly what the vibrant colors did in the Junya Watanabe show.
It is always important to remember that a runway look can be looked at in a million different ways. You can look at the textures or colors of the fabrics. You can look at the structure of the pieces as I did. You can look at the styling, the construction or the completion of the look. This is important to know when you are trying to recreate looks. Taking it too literally is not always the way to go. Find your inspiration in the runway look and work with it. You will be surprised at the looks you can put together!