Tomo Koizumi, a rising star in the fashion world, made a statement with his latest show in Milan. The event, which was held at Dolce & Gabbana’s headquarters, was a collaboration between the Japanese designer and the Italian fashion house. This was Koizumi’s first show outside of Japan since the pandemic and it was a much-needed burst of joy for the fashion community, which was feeling tired after a long weekend of physical presentations in Milan.
The show was a true feast for the eyes, with models dressed in irrepressible ruffled creations in fluorescent hues. Koizumi’s signature three-dimensional ruffles, made from ombré satin, were a standout feature, as were the silk ribbon corsets and multicolor jumpsuits. The designer’s collaboration with Dolce & Gabbana brought out new sides of his work, as he reinterpreted corsetry using the Italian fashion house’s expertise and archival fabrics.
The joint effort resulted in a seductive and playful collection that showcased Koizumi’s more-is-more approach. The designer played with distinctive Dolce & Gabbana patterns, such as the “carretto” print, and enriched them with ruffled trims, embroideries, and handmade floral appliqués. The finale was a standout moment, with five models sharing a single, statement ruffled creation that embodied Koizumi’s brand manifesto.
The designer explained that the final piece was actually a decoration from a pop-up store he had in Osaka in 2021. He decided to bring it back as a dress, as he wanted to make a statement about inclusivity and the sharing of colors and clothes. This show was a testament to Koizumi’s irrepressible spirit and his ability to bring joy and excitement to the fashion world.