What exactly was playing on Takahashi's mind is hard to pinpoint (particularly having neither attended the presentation nor received the accompanying literature), but one senses that Takahashi was definitely going deeper than simply trying to produce pretty clothes (although, in the event of things, that's exactly what he succeeded in doing). Another extraordinary aspect of this collection is what we can probably best describe as a sort of luminosity that the outfits conjure up, with their varying shades of white. Once again, one of our favourite artists, the little known Vilhelm Hammershøi, who painted almost exclusively empty rooms, sometimes with an often partially obscured single figure dressed in black, is brought to mind.. it's something about the eerie stillness, the very slight sense of unease, all bathed in a very pure, white light:
We appreciate that to a lot of people, who like their 'fashion' glossy, and fun, and non-thought provoking, this will sound like a load of nonsense, but Undercover SS09 is one of the relatively few collections which we had some sort of deeper reaction to, and we thought it would be interesting to explore why.
We would direct you to the Undercover website to find out more, but it is equally enigmatic.