The preoccupation with Britishness and sporting wardrobes clearly works for the Japanesse designer.
Kicking off day two of Paris menswear Watanabe returned to his familiar ground of clothes made for and inspired by the country. The signature low-key casual nonchalance characterizes Watanabe's collections as denims were styled with checked shirts and trusted brouges. Interpretations of the hunting jacket and waistcoats were familiar as were the mix of checks, stripes and gingham. Flat caps and neckerchiefs clarified the English Gent aesthetic and ensured the collection would appeal to Wantanabe's faithfull customers. The preoccupation with Britishness and sporting wardrobes clearly works for the Japanesse designer and although the designer may recieve criticism for following a safe track - his skills in employing and updating these traditional themes are well executed. Referencing tradition is no easy feat and Watanabe succeeds in defining an idea with clarity but intrinsically making the product contemporary, masculine and totally wearable.