Koki Enomoto describes one important aspect of the role that he “inherited” at ATTACHMENT as the “duty” to transfer the brand's philosophy from the past to the present, and then to the future. Although the approaches may be different, the common ground shared by the two brands is his firm belief in his personal point of view that “an optimistic attitude to continue to be oneself” will liberate him from the constraints of the past and fixed types. This perspective created the feeling that is was essential for ATTACHMENT and VEIN to share the runway at Tokyo Fashion Week.
“Through my previous experience of a joint runway, I was thinking about the fact that there is not a big difference in the image of a person found from a single point of view. I am definitely always attracted to a sense of presence that has a unique energy hidden inside, as well as the way it subtly exudes intelligence and inner elegance. But viewed from any perspective, fixed divisions like the dichotomy of left and right, do not exist.” He went on to say that this whimsical way of thinking that “I am all of these things” is a manifestation of a “neutral” disposition that dislikes stagnation and rigidity.
Sometimes the brands draw near to each other and sometimes they diverge. Enomoto continues to explore the autonomy of the collections in each brand, and the personal element is inevitably reflected in each brand. And the joint show has an additional experimental and futuristic meaning that presents another way for different concepts to coexist - the slogan that stands for this is “NEW NORMAL.” This is demonstrated in ATTACHMENT. The visualization of “the distance between humans and nature” seen in American visual artist Roni Horn’s “Air Burial” corresponds to the philosophy of this brand that “clothes are an extension of the person.” Decay and harmony. This rediscovery that “distance” gradually gets closer with each passing moment inspired a shift in the brand's image to one that conveys the feeling of being “as soft and warm as human skin.” Based on the designer’s idea that “human design and artificial things being returned to the future world,” a selection of designs using a variety of fabrics and products have been created. Designs that interweave synthetic and natural fibers, wool shirts and knitwear with double stud piercings, from herringbone patterns that make use of the grain of wooden products, to textiles that emphasize comfort when touching human skin. In particular, what Enomoto perceived as “a sense of change with a single stroke” was the combination of the cutting of the collar, which is represented by the collarless coat, and the sincerity and allure that the classic design exudes. The ideas that intuitively express these designs are seen in each combination.
Enomoto says that for VEIN, “It’s important that just one outfit can start a good conversation.” The designs are like symbols that don’t need an explanation. There’s something about them that makes them appealing and amusing, and you just can’t ignore them. The ability to make a witty statement and create lightness is also an essential aspect of VEIN designs.” Enomoto wants to create surprises and discoveries when people look at the clothes and he has also been inspired by a sense of connection to the works of Pierre Soulages, who paints in multi-layered black colors, and his direct experience of the effects in the artwork created by Anish Kapoor, who transforms the sense of space and time by receiving external light. These ideas and impressions led to the decision for the theme of “Illusion of your eyes.” In the collection there is a continuation of iconic VEIN designs such as cardigans with the zip running right the way up, covered sweatshirts, and drawcord details that are created through gradation and replacement of materials. The resized denim symbolic of the brand uses gradation jacquard denim in a design that creates an effect that looks like regular fit pants have been dismantled and fabric has been added to the crotch. Color transitions can be seen in the hand-dyed wool gabardine, which is created by mixing multiple colors, and you can see the change of color in the blue shirt made by shrinking the fabric. The mirror-like silver sweatshirt with a cracked foil print. The use of black random wool fur which has a different texture to wool and polyester, creates a variance in color, luster, and lightness. An interesting discovery was that that even with a restriction to black, people find their own way of expressing themselves and their individuality shines out in the crowd.