February 26, 2014 Paris
Except that it wasn't. The clothes had their roots in classic sportswear. Yellow and baby blue loungewear accessorized with Undercover logo scarves was followed by iconic outerwear (trench, parka, bomber, motorcycle jacket) wrapped in fur stoles. Later, there was crisp tailoring in colorful tartans, sashed with striped silk and heraldic symbols suggestive of baronial splendors. After that: toile de Jouy layered to a fare-thee-well.
But if the clothing was familiar, Takahashi played fast and loose with notions of monarchy. We saw visions of British kings and queens in the rococo shrugs studded with gold bug brooches, and Hollywood royals in a trio of monochrome looks—red, white, or blue all the way up to the matching sunglasses and towering turbans. And in the electronic apples some of the models palmed: Snow White. The witch who fed her that apple was really the Queen. Or was it that the Queen was actually a witch?
Takahashi has always had a wicked sense of humor. Look closely at the blue and white Chinese porcelain print and you could spot UFOs. All around, a visual feast.