Changing Of The Guard At Issey Miyake-------
After five years at the helm of Issey Miyake, Dai Fujiwara stepped down after the Fall ’11 men’s and women’s collections. The Japanese label announced today who would be stepping into his sizable shoes. (Tim Blanks called Fujiwara’s work for the label “an education…in the gentlest way” and his time at the brand “a pioneering moment in fashion, where thought and deed were united in an inspiringly humanist package.”)
Yoshiyuki Miyamae, a longtime member of the Miyake Design Studio, will take over womenswear. Miyamae (right, with Fujiwara) joined Miyake in 2001, as part of Miyake’s own A-POC Project; since 2006, he has worked under Fujiwara on the IM collections. Miyamae’s first collection will be shown in Paris this October.
The men’s collection will now be known as Issey Miyake Men and designed by a team that, according to the company, combines “young talents and experienced designers and technicians.” The new men’s collection will be shown in Paris this June.