The models at Issey Miyake were a cheerful, smiley bunch, which we all know is a bit rare on the runway. The mood helped lift the spirits of a collection that could have been taken too seriously if presented on snarkily stomping mannequins. Creative director Yoshiyuki Miyamae named "the patterns and colors of landscapes as seen from the sky" as an inspiration, which really drew a connecting line between the traditional plaids and the more modern colorblocked pieces that could be interpreted as plaids blown up into an oversized grid.
Masculine tailoring paired with feminine elements like a long black skirt with slits that revealed bold houndstooth beneath. This was repeated with pants and skirts and prints and stripes again and again throughout the collection. Primary colors enhanced the graphic nature of the prints and pulled from the mod trend so popular with editors for Spring. But these shapes were entirely modern and innovative. The visually striking moved to the optically overwhelming in a few head-to-toe electric bright plaids. The madness for fur for Fall was represented here in shaggy scarves and coats that seemed a bit too disheveled to go with the rest of the precise looks.
Miyamae seems to have finally hit a solid stride for the fashion house with this collection.