OJ Hofer took Japanese minimalism to the runway with his calligraphy-inspired looks for the Panasonic Manila Fashion Festival 2018 . Defined by relaxed silhouettes and muted gray tones, the designer took the sacred Enso symbol of Zen Buddhism to create his pieces. Usually a hand-drawn circle, the enso is an expression of freedom, elegance, and fluidity.
The influence of this symbol is not only evident by the circles drawn on a few of OJ's clothes, but by their structure as well, or the lack thereof. Characterized by a slouchy fit, this collection is essentially a modern take on traditional Japanese Samurai clothing reminiscent of their shitagi robes and wide-legged hakama pants. Judging from the runway looks, these light and airy pieces can be casually worn with a pair of Converse sneakers proving the ideal incorporation of traditional clothing to contemporary designs.Check out the rest of the collection below!
Produced by Yanna Lopez and Steph Sison
Photographed by Karlo Torio