Hanako Maeda’s latest collection strikes the perfect balance between being feminine and edgy. This is my favourite Ready-To-Wear collection of the season thus far as I feel that it is modern, beautiful but also wearable and practical.
The show started out with a few floral printed dresses in muted tones of black and grey that is slightly reminiscent of kimono dress. All images of traditional dressing is abandoned however with a variety of sharp, modern and feminine shapes. The inclusion of collars and beaded illusion netting adds a nice soft touch to some of the harsher lines in her dresses.
The detail in simple grey dress (left) is amazing. From a distance it is deceivingly simplistic but the precision in the slit and the texture of the fabric elevates it and makes it fresh. Neutral colour blocking is also something we see a lot of in this collection and I really like it. It is something we can all easily mimic.
The show ended with a few razor-sharp noir looks featuring leather, asymmetrical lines and zippers to ensure that they really cater for a range of personas. It also grounds the collection which might have felt a little airy without it. I personally love the trench coat with leather inserts as it is very edgy but I feel it meshes so well with the more feminine looks.
I loved this collection as it is modern and feminine without being too stereotypical or over the top. Which has been your favourite collection thus far?