Silk, sequins and statement jewellery – this morning we started with TOGA who took us on a pleasant journey through her new collection at Pancras Square.
The designer, Yasuko Furuta studied fashion design and patterning at Esmod Japan and Paris, and in 1997 she established her brand in her home country – Tokyo. The brand is inspired by the etymology of the word toga, which means “blessed robe”.
The original Toga, is a Ancient Roman garment made out of a single piece of fabric, which is worn oversized and covering a tunic. The designer had stayed true to her inspiration behind the brand designing for this season, featuring oversized dresses, coats and jumpers all with a modern feminine twist.
The collection was a mix of classics mixed with modern day clothing. It featured an edge of masculinity, with oversized blazers and trousers, still keeping a feminine touch with defined waistlines and plated skirts. Embodying rich tones of blue, red and green mixed with natural tones such as beige and white, the collection featured a perfect mix of a sophisticated but playful woman. The models wore head scarves made of silk and gold statement jewellery, which gave the collection a bit of a 50’s vibe.
“I create for a complex woman who can only live in chaos”
– Yasuko Furuta
Garments featured split ends in trench coats and tops, along deconstructed silhouettes and oversized handbags enhancing the masculine touch of the collection. Clothing also had patterned silk fabric sewn to the inside of the clothes, giving it that extra signature style by TOGA.
TOGA has grown to be one of Japan’s most preeminent brands in the last nineteen years, and with its exquisite design and tailoring, I have no doubt Yasuko will bring her brand to the top of the ladder.
What did you think of TOGA’s collection this season?
Text: Lene Hille
Images: Angela Farrell