PARIS MEN’S FASHION WEEK: ISSEY MIYAKE SS 2013.
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!