March 03, 2012 Paris
Alongside "steam stretch," there was a subtext called "mineral miracle" that used the angular refractions of minerals as the inspiration for geometric prints. A trompe l'oeil waffle knit added deceptive texture. The mesh laid over quilted pieces was another way to introduce unexpected movement to clothes.
Underpinning the show was a live soundtrack by a duo called Open Reel Ensemble. Working reel-to-reel, they taped and mixed live sounds (the steam of an iron, for instance) into an electronic score. "A physical intervention in music and time," was the way they described what they did, but their combination of old- and new-tech and timeless emotion seemed like an absolutely perfect analogy for the spirit of Japan's new fashion wave. Chapeau, as the French say.