Yusuke Takahashi takes inspiration from nature and takes us on a hallucinogenic trip that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
If it hadn’t been an Issey Miyake show and the show notes had referenced ‘the tropical dandy’, you’d probably be in for a pretty questionable experience. But this was Miyake and Yusuke Takahashi and his awesome ability to unite the beautiful with the humorous and the optimistic. To be honest, nature isn’t exactly fashion’s most riveting source of inspiration, but when Takahashi does it – and he does it a lot – the natural elements and forces of nature turn into some kind of hallucinogenic trip that keeps you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end, trademark Issey Miyake ice bag at hand. Such was his spring/summer 15 collection, which could almost have been set in the Japanese equivalent of Versace’s Miami, if indeed such a place exists.
Fruit and floral prints had been given the Japanese treatment, whatever it is, and as far as looking slightly more intellectual and interesting than all the similar prints travelling through men’s fashion at the moment, it worked. What looked like glowing volcanic cracks had been turned into the kind of techno-ish sound animation you get on computers, while other prints resembled water whirlwinds. But the tropical dandy was never as well-portrayed as in the series of tailoring looks, which featured faded blues and whites, and models with exceptionally high hair like the electricity that currently defines the Issey Miyake menswear had literally electrocuted them.