Fall 2014 Ready-to-Wear
February 16, 2014 London
This ain't your grandpappy's dude ranch. It's always interesting when designers from outside the States reflect on Americana. This season, Toga designer Yasuko Furuta took on pioneer America, running the dramatis personae of a spaghetti Western through her patented deconstructifier. What emerged? A very cool folded wool sweater with a horse print, lots of smocks and aprons riffing on the kind of thing ye olde time butcher or blacksmith might wear, white shirting, naive denim. The most attention-getting looks here were undoubtedly the pleated lacquered linen skirts, and the ones that featured great swathes of a superfine, organza-like material draped in rather impressionistic ways. The latter made this collection come off as more challenging than it really was—there were a great many accessible pieces here. Some of them might even work back in Dodge.