Key Pieces: Statement pieces elevated by hands-on scribbling and distressing, like the oversized scarves and relaxed jeans. Hairy knitwear recreates 1980s layering pieces sans scratchy acrylic fabric, layered beneath washed-out chore coats or cheeky graphic T-shirts laden with all-too-obvious winks at film inspirations.
Release Date: Late Summer 2021
Editor’s Notes: Dairiku Okamoto is deeply influenced by America’s West Coast, a pretty conventional source of inspo for Japanese designers. However, Dairiku, his eponymous fashion brand, is especially gifted at creating a sum greater than its ’70s and ’80s Californian parts.
Endless ’80s nods abound — splashy three-piece suits are cut from lush wool or tough polyester (much softer than the starchy textiles of the ’80s), imbued with flashy hues that match the can’t-miss-’em sweaters and patterned shirting seen on many a red carpet premiere of the era. For days off, there are trim sweatsuits, creased workwear trousers, and cut-off sleeveless T-shirts, complete with thematic film verbiage that even includes an odd