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Changing Of The Guard At Issey Miyake

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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.

Photo: Marcio Madeira / FirstView.com

On Our Radar: Issey Miyake Spring 2011

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In advance of Issey Miyake’s Fall 2011 womenswear show, the label announced that said collection would be creative director Dai Fujiwara’s last. (They did it in elegant, haute Japanese fashion: by mailed letter. Really, who does such things anymore? I was tempted to reply with a thank-you note.) Fujiwara’s odd, cerebral collections for the label over his five-year tenure have been an outré highlight of the Paris collections. It’ll be sad indeed to see Fujiwara decamp, a sentiment only punched up by the recent delivery of his Spring ’11 menswear to London’s high-concept LN-CC boutique.

The inspiration for the season, we’ll all recall (or maybe we need a refresher) was trout. As in—well, as in trout. Not exactly overfished waters of inspiration, sartorially speaking. In fact, odd enough to give you pause. But in practice, the results are strangely compelling. (And, really, no stranger than, say, bananas.) Call me crazy—my coworkers did, when I emailed around a link—but I can’t stop thinking about this fishhook-printed shirt. It’s vibrantly-hued, fab pieces like these that’ll make Fujiwara hard to replace; that talent for can’t-explain-it-but-want-it is in short supply. What’s next for the designer? Time will tell. One guess: Gone fishin’?

Photo: Courtesy of LN-CC