For This Spring / Summer 2013 collection, BACKLASH designer Isamu Katayama found inspiration in India. During a trip to Varanasi, a holy Hindu city, he was fascinated by the appearance of the Sadhus he encountered – wandering holy men, with long hair and visually striking painted faces.
Sadhual – is a combination of the words ‘Sanhu’ and ‘ritual’. Katayama likens wearing leather to a rite, similar to passing from one state to another. The ‘product dyed’ perfecto jackets, in single or double option, are proposed in hues of black and brown, as well as Logwood sap or rust-treated for the shades of orange. The dark colours highlighted with warmer ones call to mind the East. Leather is matched with linen, jackets and baggy trousers, leather espadrilles and sandals complete the laid-back feeling of the collection. There is also a selection of cut and sewn pieces, with silk blend lining, the knitwear has been assembled in an irregular manner, layered in double thickness. Katayama remains ever faithful to the theme of travel, however this is his first foray into the region of Asia. Both the draping and texture work together to highlight the fluid nature of the silhouettes.
Photography by Nabile Eude Quenum