Comfort, natural fibres, pleating and protection where the themes of the Issey Miyake show, the second by the quartet design team who all took the bow at the end of the show.
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The main idea however was Kasane or layering but not so much as in physically layering items of clothing one on top of the other but layering technique – overdying (using the Arimitsu Shibori technique) and multiple cloths stitched together. The Issey Miyake base-notes of pleating and ideas that work across plat-forms ie. leather bags that become two-dimensional objects when folded were all present, the new design team have remained faithful to the history of the brand. Furthermore the collection was light, trousers voluminous and tapered at the ankle which continues the lineage of the house while the black triangular plastic jackets at the end came as a surprise; made by Eco-Pet fabric we were told which is a polyester made from recycled plastic bottles developed by Issey Miyake.
Text: Sarah Hay
Photography: Mitchell Sams