Issey Miyake Spring 2016

by Paige Reddinger

At Issey Miyake it was an explosion of sound, color, and…hair! The electrifying coifs by James Pecis went every which way and the sounds by Ei Wada and Masatsugu Hattori had everyone thumping to the beat. Wada performed on a synthesiser and open reel deck (which has been used in Issey Miyake’s shows before), while Hattori was on drums.

The theme of the show was “Botanical Delights,” so Issey Miyake’s signature pleats came in jungle greens, deep fuchsias, tangerines, teals, and sunny yellows. This season designer Yoshiyuki Miyamae used a new fabrication called “3D Steam Stretch,” which uses steam heat to shrink threads. Shirts and jackets came in an ultra-thin paper thread made from plant fibers. Even a new type of pleating was used called “Baked Stretch,” which uses a special glue that is printed onto the fabric and then baked. Just like bread in an oven, the fabric expands to create a pleated garment that will maintain its form. It’s the commitment to ease mixed with a silhouette and look that is strikingly different, that keeps Issey Miyake clients loyal for years.

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