In a world plagued by the challenges of climate change, ongoing wars, and toxic online culture, designers and creatives are searching for ways to find hope and inspiration. Jun Takahashi, the designer behind Undercover, is one such individual who has used his unique talents and perspectives to bring positivity to the fashion world.
Music has always played a significant role in Takahashi’s life and work. He spends 75 minutes each day commuting, and during this time, he immerses himself in music. This season, he turned to music as a source of comfort and inspiration, drawing from his childhood favorites: two-tone band The Specials and German composer and ambient music pioneer Manuel Göttsching. His friend Hiroshi Fujiwara of the Japanese brand FRGMT mixed the two artists together to create the soundtrack for the collection.
Tragically, both Terry Hall, the lead singer of The Specials, and Göttsching passed away in December, just as Takahashi was finalizing his collection. In honor of these incredible artists, Takahashi paid homage to them by incorporating lyrics from The Specials’ songs and reproducing Göttsching’s E2-E4 album cover into the collection. The checkerboard pattern, which was prominent in both the 2 Tone record label and Göttsching’s album cover, served as a symbol of connection between the two artists and a tribute to Takahashi’s affection for them.
The collection itself was a feast for the eyes, with each garment sure to turn heads. From evil witch hands embroidered on skinny mod suits to tops with attached cat ear snoods, there was no shortage of imagination and creativity. The opening jackets, with the lyrics “Enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think / Enjoy yourself, while you’re still in the pink“, served as a powerful reminder to hold onto positivity and cherish the present moment.
In these dark times, Jun Takahashi’s collection serves as a beacon of hope and inspiration. By honoring the artists who have shaped his life and work, he has created a collection that speaks to the power of music and the importance of cherishing the present. For those who understand the references and influences in the collection, the meanings behind Takahashi’s messages are even richer. But for all, the collection is a testament to the power of creativity and the resilience of the human spirit.