Beaded? When I read the names of Toga's spring pieces I thought that maybe there'd been a mistake. But no, the saturated sunflower patterns that decorate the line's latest cardigans and dresses really are made up of thousands of infinitesimally small glass beads.
This is the debut outing for Toga's mainline collection at OC Online (although you might know its younger sister, Toga Pulla), and the detailing brings back the heady rush of discovering Yasuko Furuta's kooked-out creations for the first time. For spring, the Tokyo-based designer combines mosaics of printed aluminum mesh with glimses of thick black-and-white stripes that read like the Ascot scene in a modern My Fair Lady. It's no wonder that people flock to Yasuko's Harajuku store, and that we needed to share her magic with the world at large.