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Designer to Watch: Atelier Delphine

November 27, 2015 BY WATM STAFF

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.

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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.

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(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.

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See Atelier Delphine at Capsule New York Women's show, February 21-23.

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