Paris Fashion Week: Issey Miyake FW 2013

Paris Men’s Fashion Week: Issey Miyake FW 2013

Paris Fashion Week: Issey Miyake SS 2013.

It wasn’t simply colours at Issey Miyake but colours inspired by simple and static images of bird plumes. Using a repertoire of pleats, folds, layering methods and double-sided printing, designer Yoshiyuki Miyamae’s third collection for the Japanese fashion house was a vibrant collection that seduces with graphic stripes, bold colour blocks and bi-coloured concoctions.


Olympics-titus is contagious: Sports casts a huge influence in spring summer 2013 men’s wear. At Issey Miyake, the sport in question is cycling. (The show started with models cycling up a ramp and into the Place des Vosges show address to a packed audience.) Functional sports-utility wear is but only one story here; the other focus in this collection is on paper garments, specifically treated Japanese Washi paper, an ancient material used in quotidien Japanese clothing. (Bonded with rayon and laminated, washi becomes washable and can be woven into a strong fabric as coats, blousons and pants.) The result: a collection constructed around a traditional lightweight fabric that has been updated with modern technical innovation. And the versatility and wearability of the clothes are best demonstrated by men in motion, hence, the bicyclists. On your bike!

Paris Fashion Week: Issey Miyake

Paris Men’s Fashion Week: Issey Miyake

Kasane. That’s the Japanese word to describe the starting premise of this Issey Miyake Men collection for autumn-winter 2012/13. Meaning to layer, it goes beyond the tradtitional definition of how a man piles pieces together to create a look. Here it involves a reinterpretation of textile development and clothes-making processes. On the runway were distinctly textured check coats, capes, jackets and trousers created from using two layers of wool gauze and also from Eco-pet fabric – the name of the polyester fabric recycled from plastic bottles – developed by 132.5 Issey Miyake. While not forgetting the ubiquitous pleated pants, the piece de resistance are the vest and jacket made from that signature triangular pieces synoymous with Baobao. And with a palette that runs from cobalt blue, teal, lime green and a variety of checks, it’s going to be a bright and cheerful fall-winter.