Children of The Discordance + FACE A-J Autumn Winter 2021 – 2022 collection at Rakuten Fashion Week Tokyo

The runway show saw re-edited Children of the Discordance AW21 looks from Milan Fashion Week and new inedited styles releases.

The line-up showcased newly introduced oversized hoodie jackets featuring AW21 season main graphic printed on black and white fleece fabrics and presented lace pullover styles inspired by the designer’s archive. Sportswear elements were enriched by heavily distressed white jersey fabrics applied to sportswear styles such as sweater and shorts and long nylon windbreakers with tarot card prints on the back. A stronger focus on military and utility wear was expressed through field jackets, vests and cargo pants made with vintage nylon spanning shades of black, military dark grey and colonial camel.

Children of the discordance’s iconic bandana patches remade styles were reinterpreted in new oversized shirt-jacket and coat styles and in the seasonal colour variation turquoise tributing the ‘dawn’ ’s sky which was applied to shirts and down jackets.

The experimentations on contrasting leather patches pieces presented in January were complemented by oversized bombers made with small leather pieces patched to create a python leather feel.

Within the Tokyo release, also inedited AW21 special pieces of Recouture by Children of The Discordance, the remade and up-cycled vintage sportswear brands sneakers series launched by the brand with its collections and new graffiti low and high-top hybrid sneakers-boots styles.

On the runway was also unveiled inedited Children of the discordance + FACE.A-J AW21 special pieces created for the event. The collaboration items were made with death stock fabrics woven by Burkina Faso artisans and produced with the support of the International Trade Center project “Ethical Fashion Initiative (EFI)”, a UN agency, with the aim to support the employment of local women and their empowerment.

The fabrics were sourced in partnerships with Face A/J, a project in support of the exchange between African and Japanese contemporary culture launched in 2019 under the creative direction of Hirofumi Kurino, co-founder and creative advisor of United Arrows and patronised by Japan fashion week organisation..

About: Children of the discordance

Children of the discordance starts in 2011 as a collective of three friends who, between hiphop and hard-core music, create a customised shirt, making the one and only piece never seen before and produce original patches and screen prints for original t-shirts.

In 2013, Children of the discordance , whose brand name acknowledges the resistance of the designer to conform with common fashion and music trends, becomes a solo project with Shikama Hideaki continuing on the brand on his own. The vintage bandanas appear first in 2014, used in small parts on the clothing, each with a distinct pattern to make each piece unique and with a unique impression.

Since the outset, Shikama has made use of fair-trade materials from EZLN in Mexico and Hirbawi Textile Factory in Palestina for his collections. Children of the discordance works with vanishing archives, taking the pieces apart, chopping them up and preserving the useable parts, and reconstructing into a wearable piece.

Today, Shikama sources bandanas from countries all over the world such as from USA, India, Pakistan, France and the Netherlands and uses around 20,000 pieces of bandanas in one year for production, combining them with his own graphics and original textile designs to continue creating the one and only product that expresses his and his creations’ discordance.

Children of the discordance has earned various recognitions since its launch and has collaborated with established retailers such as Browns, Maxfields, A Ma Maniere, Juice, and Dover Street Market Ginza where the brand launches quarterly exclusive capsule collections.

2017 October : awarded TOKYO FASHION AWARD

2018 March: Tokyo Fashion week runway debut with AW19 collection in collaboration with Beams

2019 October : Tokyo Fashion week runway with SS20 collection

2020 December: shortlisted 10 Asian Designer to watch

2020 July: Milan Fashion week debut within SS21 Milan Digital Fashion Week calendar

2021 December: 10 Asian Designer to watch showcase Hong Kong

2021 January: Milan Fashion week AW21 collection

All images courtesy of Children of The DIscordance

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