Copying, whether nefarious in nature or simply inspirational, is pervasive within fashion. Fashion brands cultivate ideas from disparate sources, while in turn their designs are often blatantly plagiarized and sold for pennies on the dollar. Fashion is cyclical, not only due to the constant recycling of trends, but through this permanent meta-referential mentality. Perhaps that’s why Junya Watanabe has managed to consistently captivate people’s attention. A master of fine-tuning familiar concepts and presenting them in a mind-altering ways, discovering Junya Watanabe for the first time is puzzling yet sublime. His work is strikingly different, to the point where people often have a vivid memory of the first Junya piece they stumble upon. Watanabe’s clothes are the manifestation of a duality, a struggle between simplicity and complexity.

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