March 03, 2011 Paris
After the prototype experiment, Fujiwara offered variants on the taped shapes and the houndstooth and herringbone patterns that the folding created. A pixelated houndstooth on a jacket was abstracted on the skirt beneath. Huge padded Vs made an angular puffer vest. Fujiwara drew on the work of artist M.C. Escher to create optical-illusion jacquards. One drop-waisted dress wove ribbons into chevrons and let the ribbons float untrimmed. It was a lyrical effect. But no more so than a dress that layered diaphanous fabric so light its colors seemed to be shifting before your eyes. It might be the most beautiful piece of the week. And if the planets align in some more sensible way, Dai should eventually be able to look back on his five years at Miyake as a pioneering moment in fashion, where thought and deed were united in an inspiringly humanist package.