Models stamped their way down the winding runway of Seymour Leisure Centre, Marylebone to a deep electro tune. The vibe I instantly pick up is TOGA’s preparation for climate change. Knee high leather boots, high tie-waist trousers and hip length coats will have the wearer prepared for the most unexpected weather (if they’re not already used to it from living in London). A nod to recycling is accentuated through the unexpected use of trainer soles for the smart boot heels, making a prickly yet beautiful contrast.
The opening look was an interesting split– a smart tailored jacket, shirt and cricket jersey with patent navy trousers and matching knee high boots, with the heel replaced by a sole of a running trainer. The next look takes a similar approach but with a transparent turtleneck under an oversized dinner jacket. An eclectic mix of texture continues to appear throughout the show with bouncing faux sheepskin and ostrich feathers, romanticised prints and sheer t-shirts.
The ‘Deep-Blue’ theme stays consistent with dominating shades of sapphire, white, green and the occasional pop of orange whereas touches of lilac keep the overall aesthetics extremely feminine. Wide-waisted trousers are supported by tone-on-tone braces – a much more desirable alternative to the fisherman’s water wader and the traditional raincoat is made even more functional through being worn in a new way as a mini dress.
Accessories play a huge part in really pulling all the looks together. Oversized tops are snatched in with large waist belts and a mix of statement gem broaches appear on the majority of outerwear. Bold earrings add even more extravagance to semi-casual ensembles, ensuring that style remains prominent in crucial times.
Yasuko Furuta at TOGA intricately plays with experimental detailing whilst ensuring practicality dominates the collection through the use of remodelled white shirts and a new take on smart jackets, keeping daywear fun whilst practical.