While this year marks White Mountaineering’s tenth anniversary, action and recognition have accelerated only within the past few years. In naming this collection "Trailblazer", Yosuke Aizawa has managed to define his visual statement and pat himself on the back (whether purposely or not). Bravo on both counts. Regarding the former : the designer used a buffalo check motif in his first collection, and a modified version opened this show -his Paris runway début. He paired the utility jacket and matching overskirt-cum-carpenter’s belt with a faux-fur waistcoat and super-slim jeans, their holes patched by a khaki campy print. Nothing was exceptionally original, but few would deny the overall cool. The arrival of a polished ikat-esque jacquard gave subsequent looks a gutsy twist. For Yosuke Aizawa, it was important that these familiar American patterns -whether bandana or Pendleton-style blanket- evince a Japanese sensibility. How, he couldn’t, or perhaps wouldn’t, explain precisely, beyond an aim to project fashion. But this was answer enough considering that most of the statement coats were lined with lightweight quilted padding. That would suggest that the performance aspects were no less integral to this collection -just less obvious. Given that White Mountaineering already showed its collaboration with Adidas at Pitti, Yosuke Aizawa was free this time to chart new territory entirely on his own terms -and that included unveiling his new monochromatic sport line, BLK, with its down-filled shorts and leg warmers, both worn over second-skin pants. Gotta keep blazin’ that trail.