Thank you for coming to New York Fashion Week 2020 S/S on September 6th!
“Sword is the life of a samurai”
Our 2020 SS presentation opens and closes with a Japanese sword carried out by samurai models. Our brand’s mission is to spread the beauty of traditional Japanese craftsmanship to the world, hence our past collection has been related to the Japanese history and those who played and important role in the various fields.
This is our first time presenting at the NYFW. We wanted to have as much people get to know more about the history of samurai and the wonders of our culture, and what better way is there than to introduce the history of the brave Samurai’s who helped shape Japan the way it is now in present time. This collection illuminates Kyoto’s Nishijin Kimono Textile and Tango Chirimen with a contemporary look of samurai history
FORTUNA Tokyo takes you on a ride back to the ancient times of Japan from the 7th to the 18th century, where Samurai’s and sword fighting‘s dominated the Japanese society. See below for each period’s description.
Look1 SENGOKU Period (15th-16th century) ↑
Taking direct inspiration from the Samurai warriors during the Sengoku Period, Young Paris models a handmade warrior suit woven with “Nishijin Carbon”, a Nishijin Kimono Textile incorporating carbon fiber.The Haori, a traditional kimono styled jacket, used in this look is a mimic of Jinbaori. Jinbaori is a military camp jacket that can only be worn by a high ranking samurai, the admiral (Taisho in Japanese).
Look2 HEIAN Period I (8th-12th century) ↑
The Heian period was when aristocrats dominated the society and an extravagant court culture blossomed, enabling the nation to progress in literature and arts. On the other hand, samurai’s gradually emerged and started taking over.
Since ancient time, purple is considered to be the most noble color, hence we combined shirts with cherry blossom patterned Nishijin Kimono neckties all in purple, cherry crepe colored jackets, and pleated pants that has the same design as the jacket. Although most samurai’s belonged to the middle class, there were few who had the opportunity to serve to the imperial family. Such samurai’s had to work in elegant outfits, which this look has taken inspiration from.