Hey Boys and Girls, we are thrilled to host an exclusive interview with one of the true tastemakers of the day. Beloved by rock stars and Gothic Lolita fans everywhere, designer h.NAOTO has kept ahead of the curve of cool fashion through constant reinvention while staying true to his artistic vision.
Mr. NAOTO has kind enough to grant us some words about his newest clothing line, Double H, which was inspired by X Japanís legendary guitarist, hide.
DOUBLE H by h.NAOTO
Lady Miz Diva: Would you please describe the Double H line?
h.NAOTO: Double H line is a new h.NAOTO line mixed with ethnic and cyber in a Gothic taste brand.
How did the Double H project begin? Were you contacted by hideís estate
to create this line?
This project involves black, red, white as key point of colours to
create a new collection of h.NAOTO in a cyber and ethnic
Why hide? What about him inspires you?
LMD: hide had a very unique sense of style and fashion. Were there aspects of his looks that you held on to when you created this line?
h.N: Yes, definitely. I looked into lines and colours from his style. A "Visual Shock!" as Mr. hide said, I wanted to create this image through my designs.
LMD: Many fans of your clothing were babies or possibly not even born when hide passed away in 1998. Why is it important to keep his memory alive in this way?
h.N: For me it wasn't so much about to keep his memory. He was already passed away long ago, but yet he still has the power of influence the young generation. And this shows how talented as an artist he was.
This all connects to his lifestyle, music taste, visuals and how he still connects with the generation now through messages in him.
Personally, I think that is a beautiful thing.
Will there be more clothes created for Double H?
h.N: If it would be all up to me, yes, definitely, I would want to continue this line and create new works.
LMD: You are known for your collaborations with the top rock stars in Japan like Yoshiki, Sugizo and Gackt, and also the US with Amy Lee from Evanescence. What is the process of designing clothing for them like? Do you bring the artists ideas or do they come to you with ideas they might have?
h.N: The top artists I have worked with usually have a strong individual sense. Collaborating with an artist is not about pushing one idea and making the garment.
It's more of communication and sharing both of our ideas into one. And this is how new things are created. For me, I don't feel collaboration is my design or just supporting the artist for a costume. It's more of creating a new image for both of us and is one of the most exciting parts of my job as a designer.
LMD: Not having hide to collaborate with, who did you work with on styling the clothes in the Double H line or were you given a free hand to create what you liked?
h.N: Well, the first few items involved with Mr. hideís planning staff. But this new Double H collection was all my creation. This is what Mr. hide inspired me and what I came up with.
Your clothing is so synonymous with the rock world. Did you ever want
to be a rock star yourself?
Which musicians in the past or present would you say had the most
influence on fashion and why? Which rock star currently or in the past
would you like to design for?
If I could choose who I could work with, it would be with Lady Gaga. I think she is very interesting. And I don't think she has a limit as being an individual. I'm sure itís very hard, but I do want to someday work with her.
What is in the future for h.NAOTO? What other projects are coming in
The project for 2012 is to do more events mainly in America to show and know my brand, h.NAOTO.
When will New York have a chance to see Mr. Naoto himself? Have you ever
considered an h.NAOTO pop-up store in Manhattan?
Will you please give our readers a message from h.NAOTO?
~ The Lady Miz Diva
January 23rd, 2012
The DOUBLE H collection goes on sale January 28th at Kincs Official Web Shop.
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