We are literally sitting on the dock of the bay (River Seine) waiting for the Commuun models to stroll on by. The setting for the show was right on point with the mood of the collection - summertime chic.
The minimalist, streamlined aesthetic of Kaito Hori and Iku Furudate of Commuun was once again explored in their SS 2012 collection. This time we saw the duo experiment with fabrics, contrasting layers, a dash of colour and an exotic bird print. With a more vibrant approach to their usual monochromatic and mellow designs, the models were the embodiment of subtle chic. Geometric dresses in white were emboldened with a clash of electric blue. There were also variations on suits with capris pants and pastel coloured tops to ensure that summery feel. That simple insertion of soft colour onto the fabric allowed the collection to drift along the runway in a light, airy manner. The exotic bird print on simple t-shirts is a trend to watch out for this summer, and Commuun introduced it with a new boldness that we have not seen in their previous designs.
The collection was brought together by the duo’s concentration on streamlined geometric dresses upon which they played with layering and different fabrics, in one look a jacket with a white patent body had black suede sleeves. An emblazoned golden dress with metallic panels against soft fabric confirmed Commuun’s change of direction, however with the final eveningwear looks we saw the signatory monochromatic mode return with abundance. Black floor length maxi dresses were slit along the legs to reveal shorter dresses underneath.
Taking inspiration from both nature and architecture, Hori and Furudate created an overall impression of elegant modernism. The structural and minimalist designs of their past collections were transformed to be more feminine, light and that dose of exotic bird print left a refreshing feeling as the final girl made her exit.