Atelier Delphine designer Yuka Izutsu describes her collection as "Southern California meets Japanese fabrics." A Japanese transplant currently living in Los Angeles, Yuka designs her Eastern-influenced modern silhouettes in LA, and makes them in the Japanese countryside using traditional fabrics she finds on travels throughout the East.
We spoke to Yuka about her plans for AW16
(C) Who or what’s influencing you for AW16 ?
Shoji Hamada (He is a potter, so his style of ceramics influences a lot to this collection on 16AW,) and Gabriel Orozco. This was an inspiration continuously carried over from the 16SS. He is huge for me.
(C) What will be a key item on your collection for AW16?
I made a few jackets from folding papers like origami. It looks a lot like Kimono, but its very Japanese influenced I am from Japan, so I travel rigorously back and forth to source and study.
(C) Do you have a specific person in mind when designing the collection ?
Not specifically for AW16 but I always respect Jean Seberg because she is so fragile and natural.
(C)What's new for next season?
I travelled India and Japan in October for sourcing materials and fabrics. I will start “Atelier Delphine VINTAGE” for AW16 - which means that I collected some trims from Gypsy / Roma people from streets in India, and make clothing using those trims to my basic silhouettes. So all pieces will look different. I also collected some Indian fabrics. With those we will make some Kimono jackets and other silhouettes as limited collection. The fabric stock is very low, so we can’t make much.
See Atelier Delphine at Capsule New York Women's show, February 21-23.