February 27, 2013 Paris
To start things off, Takahashi showed a trio of colorful rain slickers with grommeted eyeballs and appliquéd lips, the models wearing papier-mâché bunny masks and T-strap pumps trimmed with ponytails of blond hair at the heels. After a spin down the runway, they peeled off the raincoats to reveal trenches hacked off at the hips and built up with exaggerated double collars and shoulders. Body parts became a refrain: Skeletal hands clasped the waist of one model's tooled leather belt, and rib cages turned up almost everywhere, most cleverly as tone-on-tone lace insets on the back of button-downs. Little dresses were constructed from men's white shirt collars, like so many starchy ruffles, while sleeveless evening jackets were pile-ons of vintage lingerie—one each in peachy pink, red, and black. As each group of three or four models made their way out from behind the white curtain, the crowd clicked away on camera phones. Here was something really worth sharing on Instagram or whatever. It was cheering to remake Takahashi's acquaintance. Let's hope he's back again next season.