In a technologically beautiful display, Issey Miyake Fall 2012 was opened with a series of garments that transformed under the added moisture of steaming, affecting specifically placed sections of stretch versus silk yarns, and shrinking in to more textured shapes. Pleating techniques, mixed fabrics and large geometric shapes expressed the theme ‘mineral miracle’ through several new techniques showcased on this season’s runway. A textured jersey and a woven jacquard were both developed from yarns of three different thicknesses. Extremely lightweight double-layered coats were stuffed in unlined mesh pockets, like vibrant multi-purpose padding in a down coat. The same principle applied to the colorful water-repellant layers, stored either in the collars or in the pockets, which peeked out from their compartments progressively until in the final look it was fully donned. The textile designs, including the colorful mineral prints, and the iridescence of the 3D weave effect of varying colors, created a dazzling visual display linking back to the brilliant colorful effects of crystals and minerals.
The science and technology behind the Issey Miyake name is intrinsic in their interpretation of any season’s theme. Even the music, created by Open Reel Ensemble, took the sounds of sewing machines and steamers at work to create the show’s soundtrack. The same tools used to create and manipulate the garments creating the atmosphere in which they are presented made a fully engaging narrative. An Issey Miyake collection can be anticipated for the technological advancements of their textile developers, constantly pushing the limits of their previous achievements. This collection offered a whole array of an inspiring collection that shows just how much is left to discover in the future and possibilities of fashion.
- Lee Anderson, Parisian Correspondent
Designer website: www.isseymiyake.com