Issey Miyake
By Lizzy Bowring

AN HOMAGE TO WASHI Paris: After an 18 year-long break from Menswear, Issey Miyake returned as creative director this season with a tribute to …

Jun 29, 2012
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AN HOMAGE TO WASHI
Paris: After an 18 year-long break from Menswear, Issey Miyake returned as creative director this season with a tribute to washi, a centuries-old Japanese paper used to make clothes. In true Miyake form, the collection seamlessly merged hi-tech with tradition, as the material was manipulated to create knit, woven, and even water-repellent clothes. Silhouettes were substantially sporty — boxy tees, roomy shorts and anoraks were key items — and details seemed inspired by authentic cycling, climbing and baseball garments. A series of watery tie-dye and ikat motifs lent energetic color to the mostly black and white palette, while the final looks, created of crisply draped washi, closed the show with a bit of nostalgia and romance.  —Anna Jane Davis

Silhouette: Boxy / Activewear-inspired

Color:  Black / White / Blue / Red / Orange / Neon Yellow

Key Items:  Boxy, oversized tee — knit or woven / Below-knee shorts / Knit blazer / Drape-y anorak

Materials: Japanese washi in many forms — water-repellent, knit, woven

Print + Pattern: Tie-dye motifs / Ikat dyes

Detail + Trim: Chunky plastic zippers / Color-blocking + paneling / Contrast borders

Accessories + Footwear: Knit baseball caps / Black+ white leather sneakers + high-tops

View in RUNWAY: QUICK LOOK


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