ISSEY MIYAKE CREATES CHILL
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October 2, 2016
By Marcellous L. Jones
Photos Courtesy of Issey Miyake
Paris, France – As the temperatures of Paris began to drop on Friday morning, so did we journalists begin to arrive at Bercy for the presentation of the Issey Miyake show. We knew that it would shape up to be a great occasion as only the top names can attract the fashion elite to travel to that part of the city for a fashion show. In my own memories, I count among them an early show staged by the Alexander McQueen and then later by Antonio Marras when he made his debut as artistic director at Kenzo…
Upon entering the main show hall and seeing the setup we knew that we would be witness to an early morning treat. Once the guest were all seated, a group of Japanese musicians took to the stage near the entry of the catwalk. Upon beginning to play enchanting sounds, we see the first models arrive Electronic Japanese music forms the sounds. Midway through the collection, a collective chill hit us all as the collection impresses !
The collection is divided into three sections: a) sporty elegance, b) geometric structure created with 3-D steam stretching and c) tribal patterns. Each section is composed of an exquisite composition of materials.
As the models appeared, we saw lots of colors, color blocking, and eventually prints. We see large proportions that allow for freedom of movement. The trousers are cut short and far above the ankles. The back of the dresses are open as the straps reach from the bust to wrap around the neck. The patented Miyake weaving technique is ever present. It creates that kinetic, springy bounce can only come from Issey Miyake.
Lengths in the collection are important. Exceptional are single silhouettes composed of a long springy jacket in blue and of shorts in black and then the shorts set jumpsuit. Apart from them, no other lengths in the trousers, pants, skirts and dresses fall above the knees.
Each of the silhouettes is completed with the “ISSEY MIYAKE x UN” structural, clog-like sandals, which are the direct result of a creative collaboration between the house of Miyake and United Nude. Its manufacturing is based on the Ten Sen Men” (point, line and surface) concept. And the house also includes the EB (Electronic Bag) among its accessories. This futuristic bag changes patterns !!!