September 06, 2013 New York
That was reason enough to hang a full collection on a western theme—not that old-time Americana of the western stripe is anything new for Japanese vintage obsessives. There was enough denim cut into trouser, vest, coat, and poncho for every man good, bad, and ugly, as well as western shirts pieced with contrasting panels. Much of the show was modernized just enough to steer clear of central-casting territory (though Obana likely holds the distinction of showing New York fashion week's only saddlebag).
Part of N.Hoolywood's appeal is that it feels like a collection of good vintage, curated on a seasonal theme. But that's its Achilles' heel, too. Obana is a fantasist with a short attention span. His idol, Hart, on the other hand, was a cowboy his entire career.