June 20, 2014 Paris
Indeed, a large part of the collection embodied the now-debatable notion of Resort, and it was refreshing to find the Japanese designer unafraid to show summery sheaths and crocheted knitwear. In typical Chisato boldness, she also tagged some of her designs, cleverly cutting a skirt so that the hemline followed the undulating script of "love TC." It still holds true that Chisato's enthusiasm can get the better of her; the superhero motifs, for example, leaned more toward Marvel than mythological. And the knee-high gladiator sandals were too obvious—and past their prime. A folkloric capelet built into a white shirt looked finlike, which may have been the point; it was certainly original, if not exaggerated. But there were enough wearable options—a shirt-and-pant ensemble vertically striped in Aegean blue, the dolphin print in black on white on a full-sleeved blouson, geometric-patterned knit separates—that the collection did not drown in kitsch.