Complex Made Simple


Yoshio Kubo, one of Tokyo’s hottest menswear designers at the moment, said the concept of “vintage and modern” inspired him this season.

The result was a high-energy spring show full of great looking streetwear with a sporty undercurrent. Kubo wrapped his guys’ heads and faces in long flowing scarves.

These nomads made their way down a runway strewn with driftwood and crystal light fixtures.

Perhaps tapping into a vintage mode, Kubo opted for prints with a yesteryear feel — baroque florals and a motif incorporating compasses from old maps, for example — which he turned into Bermuda shorts, varsity jackets and sweatshirts.

Other standouts included a pair of matching jacket-and-shorts sets embroidered with thick yarn to give them a hefty texture. The past may have inspired Kubo but there was nothing dated about his clothes, which looked fresh and perfectly suited to today’s world.

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