Paris Fashion Week: ISSEY MIYAKE

Designer Issey Miyake’s Fall/Winter 2012 debut began on an uncommon note. Before the show started, five large, multicolored rectangular swathes of fabric were hung on five racks in the middle of the runway. The crowd appeared somewhat perplexed as they waited to see what the designer had in store for them.

Without warning, a sound engineer stood up with an iron in his hand and set off a cloud of steam into the microphone. Runway lights focused in on the looks as attendants appeared and started steaming the rectangles, melting them down into fitted dresses in seconds. Models then walked down the stairs and put the dresses on, and with a sudden gust of steam echoing through the sound system, they began a staggered walk down the runway.

Ribbed knits reminiscent of Miyake’s signature pleats were a common theme explored in these outfits. There was an interesting collage quality to the dresses, with subtle dyes to the fabric, which made the colors blend together. The show was inspired by the energy that comes from the center of Earth, specifically minerals and magma flows. The influence could be seen in many of the puffs and synthetic down filled fabrics oozing out of the outfits.

Photos by Amanda Hakan

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