Opening the lookbook of Wataru Tominaga can best be described as a colour-explosion. He insistingly mix patterns, shapes, primary and secondary colours all at once: through his menswear, oversized black/yellow-checkered pants are not rarely paired with a bright green shirt with white finishing, and topped with a blue-collared cropped jumper in grey and printed in white and yellow stripes (yet, it’s that intense). Strangely enough, it works, and seem very sophisticated – he has an almost painterly approach to his medium, and actually usually takes more interest in fine art. “I feel the difference between art and fashion is not about an actual work or object itself, but it is how we see them in the different contextualized system,” he says. “So what I want to create is a combined system in which people can perceive various meanings from various types of works.”
Wataru’s hyper-saturated universe comes from a long-time interest in colours, as well as a previous education in printed textiles. However, as he himself points out, it’s difficult to successfully combine many colours and shapes in one look, so until his final year, Wataru had shied away from going all out in print, patterns, and graphics.