Drawing inspiration from nature has become an on going theme for Tomoaki Okaniwa, Japanese menswear designer and founder of Viridi-Anne. His latest effort entitled “Ecdysis”, the act of shedding of an outer cuticular layer is fitting considering its Fall/Winter predecessor “Chrysalis”, a protective covering or sheltered state of being. Symbolizing a change from being strong, safe, and guarded to growth, risk of new challenges, and progress Okaniwa makes a seamless transition. Meshed elements of streetwear with concepts from mountaineers, early explorers, and cyclists make for an original combination of style and durability. The subtle colors on key pieces like hooded trench coats, roll up pants, and linen blazers Viridi-Anne succeed in maintaining wearability. Only 8 years since it’s inception, Okaniwa proves with this collection that Viridi-Anne will continue to be a force to be reckoned with next Spring.
See the rest of the collection after the jump.
Source: The Fashionisto