by Stephen Garner

Japanese menswear brand TAAKK has unveiled its newest collection for spring/summer 2021.

In creating the latest offering, designer Takuya Morikawa sought inspiration from Belgian artist René Magritte’s visual representation of the idea of destroying the common illusion. Often bound by the standard notions of thinking when this shared vision is broken down, access is granted to a world unseen, presenting an opportunity for innovation.

Since TAAKK’s inception, Morikawa has continued to reshape the traditional notions of reality and push the boundaries of innovative menswear design with a multidisciplinary approach – incorporating extensive material research and inventive fabric treatments into his creations by collaborating directly with technicians in each area explored throughout his practice.

This season, unexpected fabrics are juxtaposed throughout the offering to create a transformative effect. Key textiles seen throughout the present range include shifting materiality, which seamlessly transitions from linen to cotton – transforming a blazer into a shirt to create a jacket with unexpected duality. Contrasting fabric pairings such as highly reflective nylon paired with a polyester organdy translucent fabric continue this narrative to create previously unimaginable transparency.

Widening the possibilities of expression through digital printing and evocative visual elements such as a fading flower, representing the stark contrast of the beauty and melancholy of daily life, are displayed throughout the collection.