This collection in particular was an experience. Starting the show with shades of white, Issey Miyake Men’s Spring/Summer 2017 offerings increased in colour and technicality with every look. First, there were wrinkled (and sometimes hand-pleated) garments: the loose-fitting silhouettes in solid white and black that have become so symbolic of the brand. The second portion of the collection consisted of the printed options, as the clothes begin to gain more and more colour, from abstract watercolour patterns to an intricate marble pattern. Finally, the last segment of the collection comprised of lightweight suiting options, balancing minimal structures in printed crease-resistant fabrics. Holding true to the label’s commitment to fabrication research and development, as well as their cosmopolitan client, this lineup appeared both urban and close to nature, fusing natural fabrics with Issey Miyake’s signature attention to uneven textures, techniques and prints. Trust me, when we weren’t all complaining about the heat during the sun-filled runway presentation, we were exclaiming our admiration.
Words: Brent Taalur Ramsey
Illustration: Noa Moses