issey miyake autumn/winter 15
An unlikely love affair between Japan and Scotland.
Issey Miyake's autumn/winter 15 collection presented Paris with a love affair between Japan and Scotland. A cast of smart business boys with slicked back hair strutted down the runway, working an assembly of slim fit suits and bold tartan shawls belted over kilts. Suits came in both traditional and Japanese cuts in greys, blues and blacks, covered in fine geometric grid patterns and paired with statement socks. The clean lines of these ensembles were contrasted with oversized plaid knits with pushed up sleeves and belted waists, apparently inspired by the Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. An elegant chap who used silk scarves, clean lines and rose motifs in his portraits, menswear designer Yusuke Takahashi referenced him throughout. There were also one or two rogue dandies sporting knickerbockers and large necktie shirts in brash colours, with a few others in crushed velvet. Looks were completed with trainers, keeping in line with the sporty air associated with the Japanese house. Stuck somewhere in the middle of a cultural mash-up, we didn't want this romance to end.
Text Francesca Dunn
Photography Mitchell Sams