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Mihara Yasuhiro Denim Looks for Fall 2016

Guests arriving at Japanese brand, Mihara Yasuhiro’s, show in Paris this past month, found a white rose placed on every seat. A tender gesture toward a city still hurting from the November terrorist attacks. “When the world is changing, there is always a war. Now we hear the sound of war,” the designer said in his show notes.

This somber mood had him thinking back to the First World War, and August Sander’s portraits. (Christophe Lemaire also cited the German photographer as an influence this season, perhaps because New York’s Museum of Modern Art recently revealed the landmark acquisition of more than 600 Sander prints.)

Those photos of soldiers, workers and farmers inspired garments artfully distressed to mimic wear-and-tear. Burn marks scorched a denim shirt or cardigan, while matted knits, worn denim and faded cotton fabrics in dusty hues gave the outfits a poetic lived-in feel.

Note from the Denimology team: Hopefully, one day soon we will see hearts, peace symbols, and flowers instead of burns and scorching.

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