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2017.1.23

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WHIZ LIMITED 2017 SPRING/SUMMER :RIN:

WHIZ LIMITED 2017 SPRING SUMMER. タイトルは『RIN』。 日本語で言うと『凛』。 海外の人たちにはどういったニュアンスで言えばいいのか難しかったけど今回の作業を進める上で常に頭の中にあったワード『凛』。 凛とする。凛とした感じ。 きっと同じ言語を持つ日本人にしか通じない言葉。 対日本人にだって意味を尋ねられればそれも難しい。 今シーズンは今年の1月の展示会の時に初めて行ったパリで見たこと、感じたことが多く反映されて作られたラインナップ。 初めてのヨーロッパ本土。 想像以上に感じた自分が日本人。いや、アジア人であるということ。 テロ以降の殺伐とした空気感の中僕は展示会場より多く外に出て初めてのパリを感じるため様々なところを出歩いた。 毎日通うホテルと展示会場への道。 ほんの少し違う道を通ってみようと数十メートル外れたら公園沿いに多くのメッセージや花。 道を挟んだ向かいにはテロのメインの場所となったバタクラン劇場があった。 僕ら旅行客でも日常で使用するような普通の場所。 この国にいる以上テロがそう遠くの出来事ではなく日常に潜んでいるということがすぐにわかる距離だった。 様々な名所に行けば明らかにアジア人を狙ったスリや勧誘。 僕らは地下鉄に乗った瞬間自分の子供くらいの二人組みに寄り添われまさかのスリ未遂にあう。 スリが未遂で終わった彼らはすぐに電車を降り閉まるドアを横目に未遂だったことを楽しむかのように笑いあう。 これもきっとこの国の日常。 高級ブティックが立ち並ぶ駅を降りる時には中国語、韓国語、日本語のアナウンスが突然流れ『スリには注意してください』と。 道路には物乞いの家族の姿。 東京でホームレスを見るように誰も気にしてはいない。 10日間程度の滞在ではあったがいろんなことに『なんで?』『なんで?』『なんで?』が付きまとう。 そんな異国での体験が元となり表現したのが今シーズン。 40年間気にしたことのなかった自分が日本人であるということ。 まさか日本人の僕が『和』の要素を取り入れたストリートウェアーを作るなんてとは思いもしませんでしたがそれほど自分にとっての強烈な体験だったようです。 WHIZ的に表現された『和』はいい意味で『和』を感じさせないWHIZ的な解釈で進めたつもりです。 日本で着たってパリで着たって日本人として個人として舐められない気持ちの『凛』としたストリートウェアー。 また新しい扉をあけたWHIZ LIMITED 2017 SPRING/SUMMER COLLECTIONお楽しみください。


WHIZ LIMITED 2017 SPRING/SUMMER 『凛』 :RIN:

The title is "凛"-RIN- in Japanese. It's difficult to explain it's meaning of the title to people overseas. But this word has always been in my mind during the creating of this collection. Be "RIN"... In the mood of "RIN"... Only Japanese who use the same language as mine can understand this word. Even to Japanese, if I am asked to explain the meaning, it's difficult to say. This seasons lineup was created under what I saw and felt in Paris when I visited there for the first time in January last year. The European Continent, the first time. I felt I'm a Japanese, more strongly than I imagined. No, not enough. What I felt more was I'm an Asian. In a violent atmosphere after terrorism, I got out of my exhibit showroom and walked outside a lot, to feel my first time in Paris. A street between my hotel and show room; I walked everyday. The day I changed my route just 10m, curiously bumped into so many message cards and flowers along a Park. On the opposite side, the Bataclan theater which was attacked by the terrorists. A normal big street, which even tourists like me use every day. At this distance, I could understand that terrorism is not going on at a far place but just hiding in our ordinary life in this country. Many pickpockets or rip-offs targeting only Asians obviously at main sightseeing spots. At the moment I got on the Metro, several kids my son's age surrounded us. It's hard to believe, but they were pickpockets. They failed, though. Before we knew what was going on, the kids got off the Metro and the door closed in front of us. Behind the door they were laughing naughtily on the platform like they enjoyed their failure. I knew this was just another day in this country. Chinese, Korean and Japanese announcements at the stations close to Champs-Elysees street. "Watch out for pickpockets!" Homeless families with small kids on the streets. Nobody cares about them, like Japanese who see homeless men in Tokyo. It was only a 10 day trip, but Why? Why? Why? has always followed me. That experience in a foreign country became the basis of this season. I had never cared about the fact that I was Japanese for 40 years. I had never imagined that I produce streetwear which has "和" wa-Japanese culture- taste. But that experience was so intense as to change my feeling, I guess. "和" which is interpreted by WHIZ LIMITED. You may not be able to feel any "和" taste directly. Street wear "凛", which never got looked down on, as a Japanese, as an individual, in Japan, in Paris. Now WHIZ LIMITED opens a new door. Please enjoy 2017 SPRING/SUMMER COLLECTION.