When pulling looks randomly from this fashion collection, viewers may be unsure of what the story is behind this year’s Miyake Show but for me instead of feeling confused, this debatable lack of cohesion struck me with a sense of whimsical delight.
The signature Issey Miyake aspects of pleaded printed t-shirt dress was an appropriate first look for this season’s collection. It acted as a prelude to the quirky surprises this show had in-store, keep your eyes open.
I was sold to Miyake’s brilliance by the second piece: a crisp white suit dripping in delightfully oversized sequins. This season’s whites and blacks made a strong appearance in this collection. I caught myself settling into the possibility of Miyake showing an uncharacteristically two-toned collectionand then – BAM – vibrant bold color walls. No mix of pattern just color. Then three looks that I affectionately call: the modern fashionista rice-farmers. The traditional Chinese triangle hat was given a fashionable makeover adding the beautiful Asian interpretation into fashion this house is known for. Muted bohemian earthy looks followed – very calculated and yet effortless at the same time. The black and white color palette came back in a fresh graphic approach to a spring floral. I was clapping in glee when the floral anklet came down the runway on the mini-dress look. The collection ended with what else? Fantastically well-executed pleats.
My top three Issey Miyake looks include the two dripping sequins looks, the white buckle jumper suit, and the bohemian peacock.
The Issey Miyake Spring 2011 RTW story is up for interpretation like a “choose your own adventure” story – there is a little elegant something for everybody. This journey through the mind and creative realms of the Issey Miyake world left me in awe and extraordinarily inspired.