Inspired by exotic resorts, ISSEY MIYAKE MEN takes on a pop and tropical new dandyism. Unusual fibres such as abaca, pineapple and kibira (linen) become elegant and sporty formal resort wear. The Spring Summer 2015 show invites you on a journey through rampant jungles to white sandy beaches, diving into shiny emerald green seas in search of dark ocean bed mysteries…
SPRING SUMMER 2015
Collection designed by Yusuke Takahashi
Jackets, short pants, gilets and bags made out of tropical fibres. A mix of abaca (woven from a type of wild banana) and pineapple yarns combined with linen and nylon creates a tropical textile whose rough texture is obtained thanks to the use of old weaving machines.
The result is urban silhouettes with a light and cool feeling of resort wear.
Tropical fruit prints are hand-made by craftsmen in Kyoto. Pop and simple looking patterns result in fact from a complex and sophisticated process of several different steps of dyeing.
Moving to slender white sandy beaches and shiny emeral and turquoise seas, the silhouettes become sporty and dynamic. The feeling of sea water and waves is obtained through a mix of 4 different blue colour dyes which create pale gradation stripes on suits, shirts, ponchos and scarfs. The watery feeling is accentuated with jellyfish motifs and iridescent pieces which express the reflection of light on water, reminiscent of the inspiring landscapes of the Palau islands.
The ‘Abyss’ series comes from a collaboration with an NGO dedicated to marine conservation, BLOOM Association. Inspired by the fantastic universe of deep-sea animals, we have digitally reproduced some of the mysterious inhabitants of this ancient landscape combined with some colour enhancements.
Home to these intriguing animals, the depth of this cold and everlasting dark environment is full of surprises and still to be fully elucidated.
The collaboration between ISSEY MIYAKE MEN and BLOOM Association shows the fascinating beauty of deep-sea fauna and highlights the need to protect it.