Japanese model-turned-designer, Ikumi, has been causing a stir with her self-named fashion label. Her debut collection was bought by Opening Ceremony, and she has been consistently showing at New York Fashion Week every season since Spring/Sumer 2015.
However, when she started out not everyone supported her, as there have been many model-cum-designers that generate a lot of interest upon launch due to their following as a model, but don’t last long beyond the initial buzz. Ikumi just wanted to make clothes she herself liked and could be comfortable in, so she didn’t listen to the naysayers and went on to do things her own way.
Ikumi still models, and apart from design she also oversees her own fashion/art mag, Circle Triangle Square, which is part of a collaboration with Fujifilm which stems from her interest in photography and is shot entirely with Fujifilm disposable cameras. She also recently style-directed Japanese electronic music act Wednesday Campanella’s concert at the Budokan.
At the heart of Ikumi’s inspiration is her love for the simple things in life. She likes nature and walks around a lot when she is not in her office, as she feels she gets her ideas and inspiration from walking around places she likes and feels comfortable in. She also really loves Japan and puts traditional elements such as Japanese kanji and classic art styles into her garments.
You can check out the IKUMI Spring/Summer ’17 collection at the IKUMI Pop-Up store at ISETAN the Japan Store, Lot 10, Kuala Lumpur. The Pop-Up will be open ’til May 3rd, 2017.