June 26, 2016
By Marcellous L. Jones
Photos by Frédérique Dumoulin
Paris, France – Once again the revival of the Issey Miyake man kicks the vibe up yet another notch. This season artistic director Yusuke Takahashi has decided to create a collection that moves beyond Tokyo and Mexico City, throughout all their diversity, wonder and imagination.
Like the these cities that clash in their very nature, so is the collection. It is divided into three separate themes, which reflect the movement of an urban jungle. In each of them, we find comfortable volumes, and great styling.
In the first section, “Chic Parrots”, Miyamae focuses on the work Japanese photographer Yoshinori Mizutani. His photographic work is transformed into wearable art. It is expressed in a series of Jacquard suits and separate pieces that may be mixed and matched with the poplin and jersey shirts. The images are are printed vibrant and are woven into tweed jackets, and shorts, or loose knit sweaters.
The “Vivid Sporty” section sees the house exploring Luis Barragan’s architecture in Mexico City. Bold color blocking and linear shapes invade the silhouettes in hemp and cotton-linen. Though some long vest and jackets are double-faced, they remain light. And as a type of the hat to Mexican textiles, embroideries highlight the embellishments.
Takahashi ends the collection with “Street Colors”. It is the reflection of the most street-ready looks which have digital prints of Mr. Mizutani’s work on the brilliant accessories including the scarves and bags as well as on the shirts and shorts.