Travel to Tokyo and you know you’re in for a sartorial treat. Never one to fear the extraordinary, it’s clear to see why Raimond Berthold chose the Tokyo Impressions by photographer Michael Wolf as his key inspiration for SS15. Subtle details, unusual fabrics and a cut that looks ever so slightly stiff and disproportional make up a collection that drips in far eastern influences.
Featuring collarless shirt jackets, oversized culottes and super wide legged trousers, shapeless T-shirts and a palette of white, grey and black, with a burst of canary yellow, the look is relaxed and streamlined with a whisper of sporting influences.
But it is in the choice of fabrics that Berthold comes into his own. With plastic, food wrappers and latex high on the list of inspirations, everything from car seat belt tape as fastenings to crisp waterproof technical fabric for outerwear is used, including a newly textured bonded fabric from Italy for oversized jackets and relaxed fit trousers. The details in this collection are what really count.
Which brings us to the crowning jewel of the whole ensemble. A nifty little hooded jacket that can be folded into a rucksack if it rains. Practical yet covetable. Everything.
Written by Emma Bailey. Images © Berthold.