Homme Plisse Issey Miyake Upon A Simplex photos by Frédérique Dumoulin’


Dear Shaded Viewers,

I cannot imagine a more beautiful way to start the day then to assist at an Issey Miyake defile. The lights dimmed, we were bathed in a membrane of graphics with dancers that modulated their bodies to the explosion of the geometric shapes. They were veiled in geometry.  Having assisted at decades of Issey Miyake fashion shows, probably at least three, I found the collection deep into the heritage of the brand which has always been about experimentation and poetry, beauty and comfort.  The performance element shows the ease in which one can move in the clothes that breath with you yet never bind you. The splash of colours give a sense of joy and feel like they exist to uplift one’s mood.

The press release articulates the message much better than I can:

“Upon A Simplex, is an investigation of triangles and other simple geometric shapes that develops into the creation of complex forms. The forms derived this way are
incorporated into garments and the line segments of their components are adapted as folds in fabric constructions—a collection of elaborate formations reflecting the simplicity of basic geometry.

The show was directed by Adrien M & Claire B, a French visual and performing arts company, whose
immersive video installation transforms the venue into a world that blurs our perception of space and
gravity. A fluid membrane—like an imaginary river of a myriad of particles—appears on and off. It seems to
be answering to the rhythm of mysterious chanting. It throbs, undulates, spreads, crumples up, and unfurls,
introducing moments of otherworldliness as it emerges and submerges.





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.