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New Age Whimsy at Issey Miyake

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Perhaps it was the Paris backdrop, or the balloons dancing along with the organ played by musician Ei Wada, that had all of the models actually smiling as they progressed down the runway. Our bets, however, are on the roomy, light as air attire and the cushy flats that produced the extremely rare appearance of pearly whites on the catwalk. Issey Miyake set out to create a whimsical, happy atmosphere as easy-going and forward-thinking as his spring/summer 2015 collection.

Always an innovator for fabric-tech breakthroughs and new textile developments, Miyake uses 3D steam stretch advancements on fabrics to produce major symmetrical textures using steam. This technology also makes the entire ensemble feel significantly lightweight, almost non-existent, as if wearing a cloud. Boxy dresses and skirts with matching tops appear to be perfectly pleated in both small and large scales. This technique has also been given to large wraps and loose jackets, creating layers and volumes where there are none. Color palettes are as light as the clothes in biscuit, clean white, and pastels of blue, pink, and purple. We applaud a designer that pushes the envelope with technology and textiles while still turning out easy and wearable pieces that truly make sense, even when the process does not.

Issey Miyake spring/summer 2015

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