A recap of Onitsuka Tiger’s Fall/Winter 2022 show

Onitsuka Tiger presented its Fall Winter 2022 collection during the semi-annual Milan Fashion Week showcase.

On display, the Japanese fashion brand continues to present a contemporary collection that combines fashion and sport, heritage and innovation.

For his first physical show, creative director Andrea Pompilio dubbed the Fall Winter 2022 Collection in a word: Shadow. It’s a nod to the 80s when the Japanese aesthetic of “purity and austerity” castigated Western aesthetics, where luxury and opulence were considered the height of beauty.

This Japanese aesthetic, working on silhouettes, monochromes and details, redefines Western aesthetics that until now have been taken for granted. There were echoes of Yohji Yamamoto, Comme des Garçons and even Issey Miyaki in the brutalist layering and all-black mixed range, a nod to traditional Japanese formal wear.

Andrea Pompilio took Onitsuka Tiger’s sportswear vocabulary into different and more captivating territories: punk, mysterious and brimming with youthful energy.

A cohort of boys dressed in black, with unexpected layers and volumes that depict the underground cultural scene of the time are reflected in Onitsuka Tiger’s collection. The Fall Winter 2022 collection was thoroughly modern and designed for urban landscapes.

Fleece-trimmed Cue parkas worn over cargo bermudas and bomber jackets; pleated apron-style skirts over knit pants and cardigans, or asymmetrical acid-washed flame-print sweaters with dangling scarves. Models walking down the catwalk sported iterations of the same look, while asexual fashion may seem very current, but the Japanese have been doing it since the ’80s, according to Pompilio.

Without forgetting the shoes, the collection featured punk flat-soled leather shoes and padded thin nylon wedge sneakers – with special sunglasses used in this collection made by Kaneko Optical, a Japanese company with a long history, founded in 1958 which is world famous for its expertise in manufacturing eyeglass frames.

(Images: Onitsuka Tiger)

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