Vintage kimonos and Japanese flowers were the inspiration behind Koi Suwannagate’s fall collection. In a dark palette pulled from traditional Japanese paintings, the designer’s signature cozy cashmeres were woven into braided sweaters or gathered into fan-like tops. Cherry blossom details and protruding bows carried a certain sweetness, and sweater scraps were smartly tied around models’ heads, framing their faces.
Suwannagate brought black back, infusing the line with a “New York” edge, and each look—from the shift dresses to the cropped sweaters—was a bit cooler, a bit hipper than anything she had shown before. According to Suwannagate, her favorite ensemble (black shorts paired with an oversized ivory top that featured an abstract tiger’s face) was an absolute staple. Why? “It’s the year of the tiger,” she explained. “Everybody needs a little tiger in her closet!”
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