D-VEC is one of those consistent and unsung brands for Tokyo Fashion Week. They have been providing tech-wear coolness since their first runway out on Cat Street, Harajuku for the 2017 Autumn/Winter season.
Their 2022 Spring/Summer collection presented at Shibuya Hikarie for Rakuten Tokyo Fashion Week was their first runway show since 2020 Spring/Summer. It was also their first show since former Yohji Yamamoto FEMME designer Ryota Saito was appointed chief designer of the brand in 2021.
The brand was launched in 2017 by Globeride Co. Ltd., a company specializing in fishing and sports equipment. With these roots in “battling the elements”, they utilize material such as Dyneema®, urethane adhesives and carbon technology for their accessories.
The theme of this current collection was “FUSION.” This could be interpreted in many ways as the brand stayed true to its functionality aesthetic while introducing more of what we might call loungewear pieces.
The first look was apparently a fusion of multiple parts and seemed to portray a wave-like pattern. It was accessorized with what looked like a fishing harness or even a life jacket. This seemed to complete a water or ocean theme.
Raincoats and jackets used GORE-TEX INFINIUM™ material which is in line with D-VEC’s focus on windproof and water repellant offerings.
Draping silhouettes, hoods and even footwear such as cowboy boots and rain boots added to the looks.
Colors were muted as there was an obvious focus on “nature” colors representing the sea, flowers and fall foliage. The show itself was bookended with blue hue lighting.