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CFCL Debuts VOL. 4 Collection at Paris Fashion Week

Photographs Courtesy of CFCL

Standing out amongst prominent fashion labels in its own spotlight at Paris Fashion Week was CFCL, Clothing For Contemporary Life. Artistic director Yusuke Takahashi created this new brand in 2020, debuting its fourth volume collection digitally during Paris Fashion Week. Takahashi was born in Tokyo and founded the brand after graduating from Bunka Fashion Graduate University and designing for both Miyake Design Studio Co and Issey Miyake Men. CFCL works towards environmentally sustainable fashion and carbon neutrality. The brand specializes in knitwear for its durability and flexibility, qualities CFCL seeks to incorporate in their collections to go beyond societal boundaries and find a quintessential balance.

For its VOL. 4 collection, CFCL turned contemporary knitwear to knit-ware that covers today’s society beyond the normal figure of the human body and incorporates personality. In using the term ‘ware’, Takahashi envisions the shape of pottery and the contemporary use of cutlery. Takahashi’s vision is evident as much of the collection features pottery and vase-like shapes in the structure of specific dresses and trousers. Some looks take a direct interpretation of the pottery influence, such as two stand out dresses that showcase a knitted 2D vase silhouettes of contrasting colors on the dress.

A few looks feature trousers shaped as bauble-like vases that protrude out before slimming down. Other looks take on a more abstract approach to the cutlery and pottery shape and structure. For example, a few looks featuring trousers are paired with similarly knit tunics featuring sleeves with the same bauble-like design. Dresses in neutral white, gray, and black feature striking figures as the knit-ware are designed as drop waist featuring flare skirts both above and below the waist. This style of dress portrays the flexibility of the knit-ware as well as the variability of pottery shape.

Takahashi’s vision conveys the versatility of the human body by featuring looks ranging from menswear, womenswear, and childwear. Four designs were made in collaboration with smaller designs for children, using the same knit-ware to showcase the diversity of knitwear. A bright pink dress featuring an empire waist and two layerings of skirt matches a child princess cut dress in the same color. Another set of matching designs displays two matching dresses in womenswear and childwear with mid-empire waists of black and orange. A third matching child’s black dress with orange frilled sleeves featured a drop-waist bell skirt, furthering the collection’s pottery-shaped impact.

CFCL presented knit-ware diversity through extenuating waistlines and strictly cut suits and trousers in menswear. One model’s all white and gray look with bauble-shaped trousers and an oversized sweater contrasted another model’s sleek black suit. Wide-legged trousers of neutral colors were paired with sweaters emblazoned with a bright, stripe pattern similar to designs seen on contemporary vases. Takahashi’s overall vision presented through knit-ware encompassed CFCL’s mission towards sustainability and diversity by pushing silhouettes beyond the human figurine and exploring a variety of shapes and patterns using knitwear.

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