Teruhiro Hasegawa’s sculptured aesthetic has been drawing increased attention from the fashion world since he showed his graduate collection at London Fashion Week this past February. Japan-born Hasegawa, who recently completed both his BA and Masters in womenswear design at the acclaimed Central Saint Martins in London, is creating avant-garde designs that seem to draw inspiration from a gothic and ethereal fantasy. Hasegawa’s work, however, is anything but fairy tale. The strong, tailored silhouettes of the designer's collection are complimented by soft draping; sharp shoulders are exaggerated by loose, sheer skirts with thigh-high slits, for example. Hasegawa’s work suggests a penchant for futuristic contrasts; the designer utilizes pieces, like an asymmetrical peplum, to make a statement when it’s paired with a structured skirt with a sheer, flowing chiffon skirt. This season, Hasegawa, 29, used sheer full length gloves (some of which were crimson, as inspired by Jean Cocteau's "The Blood of a Poet") and form fitting black masks to complete his dark vision.
Having interned at Jean Pierre Braganza, Alexander McQueen and Lanvin during his time at Central Saint Martins, Hasegawa has had the opportunity to hone his attention to detail, as well as his dark appeal (the latter of which was certainly perfected at McQueen). And we are not the only ones to have noticed his budding skills. In fact, Hasegawa's resume is quite impressive for his rather short career thus far. This past May, he was named one of the three recipients of the first ever LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers award, and as a result, he landed a placement at Givenchy. Before that, he received the Chloe Award and the Jane Rapley Scholarship, both from Central Saint Martins.
Hasegawa’s art-like intensity is evident in every piece of his collections, from the delicate and precise pleating, to the sculpted mixed media look of his dresses which create a striking avant-garde style that is both artistic and wearable. Hasegawa’s penchant for fine art-like details is sure to take him above and beyond in the fashion realm. His soft and careful eye should be noted because his work is sure to influence the fashion masses in due time.
GABRIELA LORRAINE is a fashion blogger and writer. She is a fashion merchandising and print journalism student at the University of South Carolina. For more from Gabriela, follow her on Twitter.