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Paris Fashion Week: A tribute to the late Japanese fashion great Issey Miyake

“We see design as a process driven by curiosity, built upon a comprehensive exploration – bringing joy, wonder, and hope to life, and of course with a touch of playfulness."

Paris Fashion Week: A tribute to the late Japanese fashion great Issey Miyake

A model wears a creation for the Issey Miyake ready-to-wear Spring/Summer 2023 fashion collection presented Friday, Sept 30, 2022 in Paris. (Photo: AP/Francois Mori)

The Japanese techno-fabric-loving house of Issey Miyake marked the end of an era on Friday (Sep 30), presenting its first collection since the death of the house founder. Fashion icon Issey Miyake died last month in Tokyo at age 84.

A heartfelt tribute to him was included in the show notes from current designer Satoshi Kondo and the design team. It read: "We see design as a process driven by curiosity, built upon a comprehensive exploration – bringing joy, wonder, and hope to life, and of course with a touch of playfulness."

Issey Miyake designer Santoshi Kando. (Photo: AP)

The spring show was fittingly contemplative.

Against the set of a huge glowing obelisk, draping and gentle curves defined the soft aesthetic. Models walked a hazy, white and blue backlit runway, appearing as if through clouds.

A loose white shirt had additional layers of fabric on the shoulder that fluttered like wings, while a neon-yellow trench with voluminous arms dazzled like the first ray of sun.

The best looks in the otherwise play-it-safe collection were classic Miyake styles. One torch-red gown was made of horizontal veins of fabric that bounced stylishly as the model paraded past. Its asymmetrical skirt flowed down one leg like moving lava.
Source: AP/yy
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