Miyake's exploration of the relationship between a piece of cloth and the body are legendary. So is his rare desire to pass on his skills and ways of working so that they are reinterpreted by a new generation.
Currently, the Miyake brand is in the hands of Yoshiyuki Miyamae who is exploring new ideas, thoughts, and materials.
For the AW 16 collection the colours are vivid and vibrant; the textures ribbed, lines geometrically arranged; the garments themselves sporty and energetic. As usual Miyake explores different techniques, such as "Baked Stretch", when cloth is printed with glue and baked into pleats, prismatic patterns and concentric circles. Other methods are the "3D Steam Stretch", which shrinks cloth, making the patterns richer.
This is hyper-modern technology applied to clothes that look as simple as they can even when are embedded in a piece of cloth.
The theme for the AW 16 mens’ collection is ‘Neonomad, The new traveler’; that’s why everything is crease-free, lightweight and easy to care for. Issey Miyake put man in the wilderness exploring the struggle with nature’s elements made up of wind, snow, ice and rain. It is all about human instincts set against a new sense of elegance and comfort. Like nature, dusty colours are brightened with vivid ones. The silhouette is sportier than previous seasons and the knits make the collection warm.
ISSEY MIYAKE individually showed a men’s collection for the first time in 1985 at Paris Fashion Week.
The brand name was changed to ISSEY MIYAKE MEN from the Spring/Summer collection 2012. Since the Spring/Summer 2014 collection Yusuke Takahashi and his team have been officially appointed at the collection design. Functionality and comfort of wear have been chosen as the basic concepts of the whole brand, which is able to transmit new messages throughout the world season after season.
The Spring/Summer ’16 collection, ‘Urban Nature’, found its major source of inspiration in the landscapes of Tokyo and Mexico, two cities full of life where the urban clashes with nature in every street spot.
A ‘luxuriant architectural urban jungle’ graphically represented by the young Tokyo photographer Yoshinori Mizutani: nature blending into the city and urban intermingling with natural creatures.
A series of garments that represents in a full jacquard of cotton polyester some of the photographs of the “TOKYO PARROTS” series by Yoshinori Mizutani snapping the wild parrots that live in Tokyo resulting in fresh and sophisticated looks.