Issey Miyake’s blow-out show


Issey Miyake‘s show started nearly an hour late today, leaving guests to suffer from overwhelming heat inside the tent at the jardin du Louvre. The show might have been called “The Wind,” but there wasn’t the slightest breeze in the humid venue. After a bit of yelling from impatient photogs, and the arrival of Kanye West, the show got underway, and the second collection for designer Dai Fujiwara hit the catwalk.

The large collection contained many architecturally inspired pieces, using fabric to create angular and graphic shapes in everything from pants to dresses. It also featured trademark Miyake pleating, as well as host of dresses with voluminous rouching. Overcoats and trenches were playful in grey with magenta details. One favorite piece was an oversized black leather jacket with curved zipper details and a popped collar. Less inspiring was the halloween-esque aspect of the show, in which some hooded jackets made models look like witches.


The show was held in collaboration with Dyson, the vacuum people. Huge industrial pipes extended during the show to blow gail force wind on the models, creating a dramatic sense of movement as their perfectly frizzed coif blew in all directions with each gust.

Kanye West and fiancee Alexis Phifer sat in white plastic chairs hastily set up as the show began. That didn’t seem to bother them however, and Kanye happily snapped away with his own camera during the show. When asked his favorite show thus far in Paris, Kanye revealed to PetiteB that it was the collection from the house of Martin Margiela.


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