With a notable career stretching over four decades, Design Museum’s Design of the Year 2012 Fashion Award winner Issey Miyake continues to awe and inspire. Despite his withdrawal from the fashion world in 2007 and has since gone full time for his research projects, he stays on to oversee the general direction of the Issey Miyake clothing lines. Having succeeded Naoki Takizawa as the Chief Designer of the brand, Yoshiyuki Miyamae presented his first collection ”Bloom Skin” for the Spring & Summer 2012 season in Paris last year.
A highly conceptual and nuanced collection, “Bloom Skin” tells the story of a bud in bloom, metaphorically accenting both the strength and gentleness of a woman through the visual play of movements, transparencies and an ethereal palette.
On the other hand, a festival is going on to celebrate the 20th anniversary of a special line of Issey Miyake products, PLEATS PLEASE. Best known for its vibrant palette and creativity, the Spring/Summer 2012 designs are no less fun and innovative than the first collection that came out twenty years ago.
Runway photos: Alessandro Viero/