Dear Shaded Viewers,
There is a bit of mystery as to who the ‘female friend’ that has captured the admiration of Miyashita is but what is clear is her impact on the collection.
“Without a doubt I like and respect her. She’s a friend and like a sister at the same time. A predominantly monochromatic black collection, signals Miyashita’s connection to her.
The collection is neither “his or hers” but transforms from women’s to men’s. One of this season’s looks is the off the shoulder design which designer Miyashita says sparks a conversation about restraint.
Additional creatives are sources of inspiration for the collection alongside the “unnamed woman”. David Carson, the art director of the legendary music and style publication “Ray Gun”’ who Miyashita admired during his teen years created graphics for the collection.
Akira Kosemura, the composer and pianist created the calming music for the runway featuring piano with occasional vocals and chorus. As always each piece that Miyashita creates and presents is built with symbolism and is testament to what strong story telling through design should be.
Her name is…
The show in Tokyo was made possible with the support of Rakuten Project “by R”.
Miyashita was born in 1973 in Tokyo and is a self trained designer. After having worked at Nepenthes as a buyer he established “NUMBER (N)INE” in 1996. He started to present the collection from Fall / Winter 2001 season until its dissolvement after Fall / Winter 2009 season. Soon after he established new brand “TAKAHIROMIYASHITATheSoloist.” and held first showroom for Winter 2010 collection. He opened a first physical store “grocerystore.” (later renamed to TAKAHIROMIYASHITATheSoloist. AOYAMA) on September 9, 2011. He presented first runway show for TAKAHIROMIYASHITATheSoloist. in Spring / Summer 2018 in Tokyo and was selected for the main designer of 93rd Pitti Immagine Uomo and presented the Fall / Winter 2018 collection in collaboration with UNDERCOVER. On January 15, 2019, he returned to Paris for the runway show since the last appearance in 2009 and presented Fall / Winter 2019 collection.