June 26, 2014 Paris
But once you got past the semantics, the collection exploded, answering the call of what the show notes described as "rampant jungle and white sandy beach." A linen djellaba over a navy shawl-collar blazer and white shorts made for a cool holiday look. The signature Miyake pleating was dyed with four different blues to create a cobalt intensity that radiated. More men should know how flattering that pleating is.
It's a fact that something magical happens when Miyake menswear gets anywhere near the color blue, and, as this collection proved, when mysterious undersea creatures are brought into the mix, it just gets better. That is, of course, an entirely personal reaction, but Issey Miyake has always had that effect on his fans, and he has been blessed with protégés who have perpetuated his legacy to similar effect. Takahashi is one such, but he proved with today's collection that he is capable of insinuating his own idiosyncrasies. In the end, it was simply a case of different strokes for different dandies.