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Issey Miyake: Humanism in the Desert

Yusuke Takahashi’s powerfully calm show reestablished the core codes of the brand: clever and essential design at the crossroad of East and West with human need at its centre.
Issey Miyake Spring/Summer 2018 | Source: Courtesy
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  • Angelo Flaccavento

PARIS, France — Paris is burning. The heatwave which hit the city is truly unbearable. Issey Miyake's Yusuke Takahashi would clearly not have been able to predict this when he was designing the collection, which was showed Thursday morning en plein air in the stone and steel cloister of Universitè Pierre et Marie Curie. But its title — "Through the Desert" — was truly fitting.

You get the picture: a man, befitted in the poetically abstract, past-meets-future Miyake way, ready to confront the wildest elements. The pieces were zen-simple in their purity and quite protective with their roomy, light volumes. It was all about experimenting with fabrics that although techno, reproduced the organic textures of desert landscapes.

Albeit a tad repetitive, the show was powerfully calm, reestablishing the core codes of the brand: cleverly essential design at the crossroad of East and West, putting human need at its centre. Let's call it a humanistic approach.

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