Tatsuko Horikawa founded his company Third Stone Co.Ltd. in 1996, on year later he created his own label « Nuke », but it’s 2001 Tatsuko Horikawa decided to launch his artistic project JULIUS. In 2005, he presented the Spring/Summer Collection in Tokyo, which will be later on showed in a Contemporary Art Gallery. Finally in 2006, JULIUS is making its first steps on the international market.
« I feel there are many different elements inside myself that contribute to the creation of a collection. I create the collection when these differing elements accumulate to such a point that they form into one exceptional vision or idea. » Tatsuko Horikawa said. This is perfectly what we could feel while watching the JULIUS Spring/Summer 2017 fashion show. When the models were walking, a raw tension was filling up La Générale, where the show took place, as if everything had reached its climax.
All the elements inherent to the designer’s creation such as Art, Architecture, Music, Ambient Sound / Noise, Travel, Emotional Communication were gathered to explode during the presentation. Samuel Kerridge and Autumns were live performing as the « Knives » models were walking. The models attitude was aggressive but paradoxically a sort of weakness emanated from their movements as their mouth were protected with a mouth guard.
The collection played with this duality, between purity and destruction in a chaotic universe. Superposition, drapped pants, heavy leather shoes or sneakers, the overall silhouette symbolized those protest statements: « I Enjoy Luxury » or « British Murder Boys ». The black is always the base of Horikawa creative palette. He explained : “Black” symbolizes the Avant-Garde and has a deep spiritual and noble meaning for me. I am obsessed by the image of “Black” in Japanese Religion , in Zen. It represents the crazy darkness hidden in the shadows away from the light. It is the total color of complete and utter grief. ». And there was dark in its most powerful vision, a bit of light also with the hoody-sweaters in white, and grey tones on drapped jackets.
The designer has a precise opinion on his purpose as a creator : « The aim is not only to create simply “clothing” but rather, to create and contribute to a person’s total life-style and existence. ». JULIUS Spring/Summer 2017 is representative of Tatsuko Horikawa’s fashion, sharp, tensed and deeply human.