Post-marathon ponchos might not seem an obvious source of inspiration for a fashion collection, but for Autumn/Winter 2013 the Issey Miyake design team scrutinised the concept of 'Winter Wisdom & Mobility’ to refine their visualisation for functional and hands-on menswear.
As temperatures in Paris plunged to subzero, the design team judged this necessity for weather protection accurately. Inspired by the fabric of emergency blankets, shiny fabrics featuring heat insulating properties formed ponchos and coats with lightweight functionality and technical proficiency at their core.
The insulating theme wrapped up the clothes, as the heat-retaining wardrobe offered jackets and sporty overcoats in loose silhouettes also using recycled fabrics from previous seasons. Metallic accents shone from panels to blazing powerfully from full suits. Utilitarian loose cargo pants and square-shaped jackets blended the high-tech with the artisanal craft and became a style statement with a protective message.
Unusual mixes of fabrics were a key element as nylon and paper were fused, continuing the label's expertise with cutting edge fabric technology. Translucent film was laminated onto jersey and signature utilitarian detailing included chunky side pockets and bold zippers.
The collection had an active quality and with Issey Miyake directing the design team, the focus is now clearly on track with an eastern approach to stylish sustainability. This tailored urban wear has a youthful vision and the shining foils gave the collection dynamic confidence.