Christian Dada's fall collection spotlights on the brand's Japanese origins

Christian Dada's fall collection spotlights on the brand's Japanese origins

Blue steel

Text: Andrea Sim

Inspired by a customary Japanese silhouette, the brand's designer reacquiants with his roots for fall 2017's street-hitting ensembles

A glance at any Christian Dada collection will not tell you the full story. Dada's designer is still in his fledgling phase; Masanori Morikawa stepped up to the global stage in 2014. It's unmistakable that he's enamoured with the growing pains of youth, but perhaps overshadowed is Morikawa's bond to his culture that sets his designs apart from today's growing stockpile of streetwear inflected wares. 

Honing in on the colour blue — a hue that finds itself an integral part of Japanese history — Christian Dada's fall 2017 offerings declare the designer's message in unabashed Morikawa fashion. T-shirts proclaim "Blue is the new black" (above), and the chosen shade backdrops key seasonal phrases — such as "Hollow" and "I don't like the drugs, but the drugs like me" — accompanied by graphics courtesy of mentor and designer, Charles Anastase.

What will truly pad up the wardrobe though, is Morikawa's quiet interpretation of bomber and leather outers, tweaked to resemble traditional Japanese summer clothing (jinbei) with its V-shaped asymmetrical necklines and signature side ties. His love for music rears its head through the earphone jack-inspired cables that adorn slouchy coats, belts, shoes and bags. 

Our favourite looks, here: 

Available at the Christian Dada boutique in Singapore located at #01-02, 268 Orchard Road.