One of Australia’s most celebrated designers, Akira Isogawa has achieved worldwide recognition for his exquisite contemporary designs and this year, we decided his (show) was the last show our team wanted to attend, especially with this year marking his 25th year in the business! Woo!
It was the perfect way to end a very busy and exhausting week for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2018.
Born in Kyoto, Japan, the designer has become a fixture in Australian fashion and culture throughout his longstanding career, and his impact echoes far beyond the fashion industry, as his work is an art form in and of itself.
Akira’s garments echo Eastern influences with richly embellished fabrics, vintage textiles and traditional prints. The craftsmanship and romanticism of his designs are now legendary.
Akira Isogawa defied expectations this year by showing a collection that was fresh and energetic.
Experienced Fashion designer Akira Isogawa took us back to the 80’s with his classic new collection of beautifully crafted vintage prints for men and women in a mix of layered romantic styles, complete with models in Dr Martens – it was very glam-grunge.
Balanced by a naïve palette that included baby pink plaid, washed out florals and icy blues, the collection included exaggerated sweaters with appliqued palm trees, layered ruffle dresses and knee-length shorts with graphic black stripes and a perfect pink, sleeveless dress that showed Akira’s mastery of cutting.
His new fashion range was very well received by the audience at Carriageworks who applauded the humble Japanese designer as he too, walked ’til the end of the runway.