Standing room only at Watanabe, who set day two in motion by inviting his guests to ponder around high tables and view his Jazz informed winter collection. Moving away from British heritage, Watanabe tuned into America's Jazz age for inspiration. Super slim suits were accessorised with black trilbys and leather brogues. Crombie coats, pin stripe suits and denim jeans brought the silhouette into a sharper domain than usual, as traditional tweeds and checks were panelled into the backs of outer jackets. Army jackets and parkas again nodded to Americana and classic Raybans sealed the look. As a protege of hyper-creative Rei Kawakubo, it is interesting how Watanabe continually references nostalgic dress codes and translates these ideas into modern clothes. Although his collections are rooted in history, they always seem relevant and contemporary. Expertise in fabric handling, manipulation and construction allows Watanabe's clothes to always focus on practicality and utility and this collection remained loyal to this trusted formula.
It is interesting how Watanabe continually references nostalgic dress codes and translates these ideas into modern clothes.