If there is a need to condense Kazuki Kuraishi as a designer into one sentence, it would have to be “let no detail go unnoticed”. Kuraishi is somewhat of a multitasking designer, working several personae as the Creative Director of adidas Japan, the other half of fragment design and an indispensable member of NEIGHBORHOOD (NBHD). For those who are familiar with Kuraishi’s work, his meticulous approach to design and attention to detail makes his creations rather interesting to study and easy to appreciate.
Taking his perseverance and determination to work in depth down to the very last button and stitching, the previously previewed adidas Originals by Originals (ObyO) kzk line created by Kuraishi achieves the same level of unwavering dedication to detail. While the colors and aesthetics may seem bold, energetic and overall delightfully easy, taking a closer look at the apparel collection of jackets, tees and work pants reveal an awareness of subtlety. 2009’s winning plaid fabric found its place in a sporty nylon hooded jacket. The jacket, as of previous kzk designs carries a slightly futuristic look with reflective zipper details and soft blue polyester lining labeled with branding details on contrasting stripes. Large white zippers and plastic wrist cuffs complete the retro futuristic look. Other jackets operate with the same sentiments, mixing different materials for contrasting sheen and plays off large buttons and ribbed cuffs with mock turtleneck and shiny panels.
A pair of roomy grey cargos with bondage details slightly reminiscent of nineties street wear (Germany flag-colored belt, straps around knees and zipper detail on bottom hems) is paired with a simple black tee with white zipper (seems to be the running theme) pocket accented with blue trimming. Of course, the special adidas Originals by Originals kzk logo finds itself stamping all these pieces, but stays discreetly small. A solid collection for running about town through rain and shine in spring– look out for them in stores! images via: HS