Mensweek | ISSEY MIYAKE A/W 18: In the Whirlwind of Urban Life

Rethinking worplace uniforms, immersed in casualness, for an active and exciting way of life

in brief

We were among the lucky guests invited to discover Yusuke Takahashi’s new menswear show presented at La Gaîté Lyrique in Paris. Functionality is combined with vitality to create a new workwear, relaxed and elegant, which matches with an active and exciting daily life.

This season, ISSEY MIYAKE MEN takes its inspiration from the richness of the sensations within urban life: contrasted rhythms, unexpected mixes, contemporary velocity, symphony of changes, colorful painted walls. Unconventional coordination with novel layer of colors and fabrics bring an unforeseen vigor, completing an accented unique style.

Durable pieces, with next-generation polyester thread that result in fitted, lightweight garments

Stretch tapes are stitched along the body lines of flat, oversized garments, creating a fitted design with ease of movement. The stretch tape is specially developed with next-generation polyester thread for maximum durability and elasticity. When heated during the dyeing process, the tape shrinks to create the desired shape. This results in a fitted, lightweight, easy-to-care garment that is wearable without ironing.

Soft and reversible clothes that enable freedom of choice based on the wearer’s mood

Clothes that can be freely worn inside out, depending on one’s mood. These items have no interlinings, so they are soft, lightweight and easy to wear. Jacket in the first look is double weaved with warm black bouclé and sheeny red chambray fabric, while the following garmets are a combination of striped cotton based fabric and a raised wool based fabric.

You might want to take some time to linger on the green coat and pants which are made of combed wool that is print-dyed in black on one side before sewing, and then garment dyed.

Made by chance patterns

All of this season’s motifs are created by chance. A square of fabric dropped casually from above, the incidental layering creating motifs for the garments. This motif is used in the hand-printed soft rayon cotton shirt, and the transfer-printed T-shirt. The striped pattern of the blouson and pants and the jacket are made by random folding and pressing of the fabric. This pattern is applied to a cut jacquard, combining matte and shiny polyester threads to create a dynamic textile.

The sunglasses: a quick nod to an iconic ISSEY MIYAKE design

This model is a re-edition of the iconic ISSEY MIYAKE design, first released in 1985. Eyewear comprising of a single straight line and two circles. The new style uses a lightweight titanium frame, acetate coating on the temple tips and mineral lenses. The original design is faithfully recreated with refined and up-to-date materials.

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