MILAN, Jun 22, 2008 / FW/ — Japan, country of the Rising Sun, home of the ninja and the samurai, one of the oldest cultures in the world; the country we know today is a far cry from the time when the bushido code is the highest law of the land. Yet, movies like Kill Bill remind us of that time. Set in a modern world, the movie became Tom Notte and Bart Vandebosch, the design duo behind Les Homme inspiration for Spring / Summer 2009.
A collection that is thoroughly modern, with no signs of even being retro; yet the future, the past and the present flow and blend in one single moment. A paradox perhaps, but a beautiful paradox nonetheless, as the frenetic modernity of today merges seamlessly with the intensity and passion of the past.
Predominantly done in silk, organza and blended wool, Tom Notte and Bart Vandebosch drew shapes and form from the battle uniforms of the samurai. Translating the warlike yet elaborate design into sleek silhouettes that are slender, a graphic effect with just a slash, a triangle or a solid line became the accent that draws the eye was added.
The martial arts jacket and the traditional hakama trousers were both reworked and in turn defined the character of the collection. As an added bonus, a series of sports shoes that is youthful and eye catching added to the dynamic quality of the collection.