Paris Fashion Week A/W11: Issey Miyake
After spending five years at Issey Miyake, this year the brand's creative director Dai Fujiwara announced that the fall collection he showed today would be his last at the brand so with that in mind, the show today was a sad goodbye. Fujiwara took to the show notes to explain his departure saying that he 'made it one of my principal aims to nurture the young and up-and-coming designers within the team' and he finally feels like now is the time to 'pass the baton'.
The collection began with an interesting start as staff appeared on the runway in all black folding pieces of white paper, which initially seemed like something outside of the show but developed into the production of an origami top and shirt, that was further styled and developed directly on the model.
Following that theme, the collection began with strong architectural shapes on white shirts teamed over simple black round neck tops and trousers and folding and pleats also manifested itself on a selection of navy and grey dresses and jackets. Zig zag printed coats came styled with monochromatic printed dresses and tights and houndstooth also made an appearance on jackets particularly on one in metallic blue and black.
Although the collection began with a typically winter colour palette of black and navy, as the show developed Fujiwara introduced bright red dresses and blouses in printed styles and loose fit jackets came in a bright but autumnal shade of orange teamed with a multi-coloured striped shift dress.