Issey Miyake



Paris: With an eye for spotting the extraordinary in the seemingly ordinary, designer Dai Fujiwara drew inspiration for the S/S2011 Issey Miyake collection from fish — or, more specifically, the trout. His unique vision was brought to life by means of clever construction, modernized traditional patterns, unexpected colors, and an innovative use of texture. From large-scale watery plaid, to a bold color-blocked houndstooth and a tech take on argyle, the prints and patterns had their roots in the markings and texture found on denizens of the deep. Many motifs were created by artfully pieced-together panels or patched-on shapes. Accordion pleating that had been manipulated to create chevrons on a series of anoraks was especially compelling. Rugged materials like coarse crochets and worn-out wovens made exhuberant items like plaid pants feel low-key and wearable. Fisherman garb, like loose workwear coveralls, sporty sandals, and hooded waterproof outerwear emphasized comfortable functionality. Simple silhouettes balanced roomy fits, and mixed-print ensembles managed to feel clean in high-contrast color combinations. Crisp, casual, and clever, the collection’s clothes were at once practical and fun.

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