January 22, 2015
By Marcellous L. Jones
Photos by Frédérique Dumoulin/Issey Miyake
Paris, France – Issey Miyake is finally exploring again the sophisticated side of the Miyake man’s personality. This season the collection is divided into three parts a) Geometric Business b) Elegant Weekend and c) Contemporary Classic. All three are all very easily linked together through the vast amounts of geometric highlights and eccentricities.
In the first part of the show artistic director Yusuke Takahashi takes us through a paradise of well-tailored suits with large squares woven into the materials. These fabrics compose the suits and are even recalled in the dominant accessories such as the gloves, bags and socks.
Purple is one of the most visible colors shown in this section and consequently in all three parts of the collection. Even though this section is dedicated to suits, Miyake gives us a twist to the classic by also proposing extremely voluminous genie style pants.
The second section delves into more of a sporty chic. Composed for the urban man, it offers lots of knitwear tops and pants. Some of the knitwear in the pants are done so finely that it results in one momentarily mistaken the work for soft jerseys. These looks are accessorized with an array of printed silk and knit scarves. The knit scarves are so large that they may be worn as embellishments to the whole ensemble instead of just an adornment for the neck.
The last section represents the gentleman side of the Miyake man. Heading out for a night on the town, he dons colorful scarves, baggy velvet trousers, velvet bags, velvet jackets and of course velvet coats. His other accessories included printed bags. Here one is encouraged to note the blazers, coats and jackets range from tradition lengths to nearly short cropped.
Once the show came to an end all that was left to do was to properly reward Yusuke Takahashi for what must be considered as a very strong highlight to Paris’s fashion week. And upon his arrival to the catwalk, he was greeted with well-deserved and thunderous whistles, howls and applause.