Issey Miyake’s Latest Drop Was Inspired by Plants

by SHOWstudio on 25 October 2022

As part of A/W 22, the Rhizome collection of knitwear looks to the free growing roots of wild plants.

As part of A/W 22, the Rhizome collection of knitwear looks to the free growing roots of wild plants.

For anyone lacking a green thumb, rhizomes are the stems of plants that grow underground. Rhizome is also the name of Issey Miyake’s latest series of covetable knits introduced as part of the brand’s A/W 22 offering. Building on the collection’s overarching theme of ‘Sow It and Let It Grow’, the new lineup of knitwear is rooted in the wild nature of plants. The cult favourite label’s lightweight pieces are reimagined in seamless, irregular silhouettes in bright and bold colourways mimicking wild plants. Made to be layered, each piece features a number of openings and dangling pieces mirroring stems growing freely in every direction. Whether wrapped around the waist or neck, at the core of these new knits is the freedom to style in whatever way you want.

Accompanying the Japanese brands latest drop is a film and campaign by artist, photographer, and filmmaker Marcus Tomlinson. Further highlighting the botanic themes of the collection the London-based creative’s fashion film features a cohort of dancers running through a field in erratic choreographed movements. ‘I wanted to make a film that would enhance the garments through contemporary dancers’, Tomlinson explains. ‘As the dancers perform in the forest the rhizome in the field calls the others back, she needs the others to be a complete rhizome.’

The Rhizome collection will be available on 1 November on the Issey Miyake website.


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