Japanese label TOGA has been creating complex, unusual and experimental designs since 1997. Founded by designer Yasuko Furuta, each collection plays on – and takes influence from – the garment in which TOGA is named after, often using layering in its designs.
The TOGA AW17 collection was simply named ‘Hole, Classic Ornamentation, Skin’, setting the tone for what was to come. In London’s Guildhall the models came out in looks that took classic pieces and turned them on their heads, adding drama to usually-conservative styles, and decorative elements to every day street wear.
There were simple white tunics worn with navy trousers – cut out at the side to expose flesh and adorned with a singular bejewelled elbow-length glove; a classic white t-shirt worn with feathered accessories and a long satin black skirt; and long jumpers worn over billowing trousers – a fluffy sleeve covering just one arm.
Beaded, jewelled clusters were a continuous feature, found on the top of shoes, on sheer panels on the side of cut-out PVC dresses and on thin, sheer scarves worn with chunky woollen coats and tartan dresses. Other stand out pieces were the dresses with the cape-like detail at the back, worn layered over trousers and tunics, underneath sequin cropped tops, and with big contrasting pom pom sleeves.
Words and images by Angharad Jones