Dear Shaded Viewers,

Shows and presentations by Issey Miyake have been a highlight of the Paris Fashion Week for decades.  This season Issey Miyake  presented a refreshing film directed by Yuichi Kodama.  It was a totally immersive experience shown to a handful of people at a time prior to actually visiting the garments in the adjacent showroom.

The collection was inspired by a voyage into the deep sea, beginning with a portrayal of the silence and tranquility first felt in the water, and continuing to the uplifting sensation of making new discoveries in the deep sea. The garments were broken down into series:

Carved: fluid shapes made out of cotton fabric woven with Washi paper and biodegradable lame fibers giving a glossy texture and depth to the color.

Swimming: Using a printing technique called Naki (bleed) the colours on the printed garments seep into each other.

Link Rings: This was my favourite series where hand-pleated constructions of round pieces fold along the pleats and create ripples that uplift one’s spirits. Honestly that is always the effect of an Issey Miyake collection and presentation.

Fluidity Loop: Fabric was knit in a spiral shape enveloping the body in two colours of recycled polyester yarn.

Swimming Hue: A series of solid color garments in shades of pink, blue and yellow that express the world of the deep sea.

Wavelet: The use of a woven fabric that shrinks during the dyeing process creates ripples in what ends up as an organic, asymmetrical silhouette. The fabric also contains recycled polyester fibers.

We missed you in Paris however the film was like a soothing swim in the ocean, a meditation on nature and what lies beneath the sea.



Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.