River Island presents the latest collaboration from Tourne de Transmission. Inspired by the brands eastern infused design philosophy, the collection draws from Japanese clothing cultures old and new. 14 pieces of ready-to-wear, footwear and accessories epitomise Tourne de Transmission’s ability to re interpret traditional influences and pattern cutting with a distinct contemporary aesthetic.
Traditional Japanese design techniques and fabrications combined with modern Tokyo street culture references were the starting point for this collection. Kimono and wide leg trouser shapes are cut from natural cloths such as linen, canvas, cotton and denim. The western shirt is cut in a patchwork design inspired by the Japanese Boro technique. Modern nods to this garment construction method are realised in the block jersey sweat, patchwork denim jacket and matching jeans.
The muted colour palette is synonymous with established Japanese methods, with earthy tones of nude and grey in the jersey complimented by deep black and indigo hues in the denim and outerwear. Conversely, bold monochromatic graphic prints in the T-shirts imbue archetypal eastern fabrics and silhouettes with a contemporary look.
Tradition is fused with utility. Technical design features underscore the contemporary styling of the range, with grosgrain zip pullers in the oversized jersey pieces and chrome side fasteners in the low-rise trousers. The kimono is modernized with military pockets and matte snap fastenings.
To showcase the range, River Island presented a short film at London Fashion Week Men’s, January 6th, 2017 as part of the Fashion Film evening with the British Fashion Council. The film premiered alongside films from two other designers, selected by the Fashion Film panel and funded by River Island.
About Tourne de Transmission
Tourne de Transmission was founded in 2012 as an art and T-shirt based platform, culminating into a full ready to wear collection presented at London Collections-Men for SS16. Tourne de Transmission will be showcased their fourth full ready to wear collection at London Fashion Week Men’s in January 2017.
‘Rotating transmission’ is the literal translation of Tourne de Transmission: combining visuals and words to generate a message. The clothing takes on new meaning, which corresponds more to the idea of a hard-hitting album or magazine cover than the garment it really is.