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Paris Fashion Week: Junya Watanabe's haute biker babes

March 7, 2011 |  5:59 pm


The discipline with which Junya Watanabe approaches a collection is incredible. This season, he turned his laser-like focus on the iconic black leather motorcycle jacket, reinventing it in the most haute ways -- sculpted at the waist, as a cape, even in a retro, ladylike cocoon shape with dropped shoulders.


The all-black palette was punctuated by a leather skirt and jacket in a lacquered caramel color resembling burnt sugar.


Eventually, the jackets over skinny pants and flippy mini skirts segued into draped black dresses with furry accents. One asymmetrical style with fuzzy faux leopard fur panels brought to mind a hood ornament.


Still, the best dresses were the more obvious riffs on the biker jacket, particularly the style with ruching at the waist, a giant zipper down the front, leather cuffs and collar.

Harley not required.

-- Booth Moore in Paris

Photos: Looks from the Junya Watanabe fall-winter 2011 runway collection shown during Paris Fashion Week. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson and Peter Stigter / For The Times.