January 15, 2014 Paris
In fact, the most prominent motif to come out of this Pre-Fall lineup was a spry little fox that curled up on a brocade, camouflaged itself into pearl beading, and even played a visual pun as a trompe l'oeil stole around the neck of a silk blouse. Chisato further developed this character by showing an actual fluffy fur stole. But the fox on the Segway scooter was just too twee.
Balancing the kawaii with clean, well-cut jackets and shift dresses continues to be Chisato's strength—but it's also her Achilles' heel. A group of looks covered in an enlarged patchwork of forms set atop black organza might have been intended to evoke the Japanese lacquer effect or Prague's cobblestone streets. Either way, they were sophisticated in shape and subtle in statement. They had substance, where much of the rest felt like souvenirs.