Issey Miyake S/S 2010 / PFW / Day three

Concepts go with an Issey Miyake fashion show like coffee and milk. This season’s idea was “NEWS” (not of the print variety) but literally North, East, West and South. In other words, designer Dai Fujiwara strove to bring as many references together as possible to create a different riff on the ethnic theme, melding the house’s long tradition of fabric innovation, print and draped silhouettes into a confident, serene whole. Craft and construction were the pillars of Fujiwara’s effort, with intricately woven mesh knits in earthy colors, producing the effect of raffia and strips of multicolored tape used to create a colorful block pattern on a coat.

Dresses came hand-painted with flowers using a traditional Kyoto technique or in flowing silk in vibrant patterns. The latter, all constructed out of similar sizes of square fabric to produce myriad silhouettes, closed the show. Not the stuff that will make the headlines, but signature Miyake.

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