Menswear Monday: Issey Miyake Men

naokiThis morning I threw caution to the wind and used the boyfriend’s cologne, the citrus-y L’eau d’Issey Pour Homme, instead of my usual gardenia-heavy Marc Jacobs. Like anything from the house of Issey Miyake, it was beautiful and inspiring, prompting me to ask myself, “Why no Miyake love on the blog?’ Thankfully, it’s Menswear Monday! Let’s get right down to it: Issey Miyake is a genius whose groundbreaking architectural designs and work with fabric technology will undoubtedly revolutionize the way clothes are made. From Pleats Please to his cut and sew free A-POC (A Piece Of Cloth) line, the man is brilliant. Miyake’s first collection for the gents made its debut alongside womenswear in 1976 and expanded into its own brand in 1985. 1994 saw Miyake handing over control of Issey Miyake Men to long-time associate Naoki Takizawa (left), who has continued the designer’s tradition of making trend-free wearable art using innovative fabrics.


Takizawa’s Spring/Summer 2007 was a sport inspired collection that featured graphics so large they almost looked abstract. The green and white floral suit was hand-painted. Isn’t it perfect for a hot summer day?


For Fall/Winter 2007, Issey Miyake Men was presented as part of the women’s collection and featured bright hues, visible stitching and of course, amazing fabrics.

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