Dear Shaded Viewers,

The first show since the death of the master Issey Miyake was very emotional. It opened with a portrait of Issey projected on several screens around the Paris Event Center with the animation of one of his quotes : “I believe there is hope in design. Design evokes surprise and joy in people.” and it ended with a dance performance around sculptures and, as only Issey Miyake can provide, pure joy.

Satoshi Kondo beautifully carries the torch with his A Form That Breathes collection. For as long as I can remember, and I guess that goes back to the days I was fashion editor for the Magazine of Joyce Ma, Joyce, performance and innovation have always been the DNA of the brand. The collection is always divided into themes. The first one was around sculpture using a single piece of fabric sculpted around the body.

The brand is not only interested in giving joy and ease but also in celebrating the planet. One textile was  100 percent plant based circularly-pleated polyester. In the center of the room were obelisks made out of fabric that were light and airy like the designs. I could feel the blessings from above as Issey Miyake looked down and knew that his legacy was in very good and confident hands.



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.