Issey Miyake Menswear Spring Summer 2013 Paris
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On what was supposed to be the hottest day of June the design team behind the Issey Miyake Men collection came up with a show that was more than ready to beat the heat. And what better way to cool down in the city than on a bike?

But this collection wasn’t all about bike messenger shorts and bodycon tops in stretch day glow materials. Rather it was a study in volume with super lightweight fabrics cut large to float about the body, allowing air to caress the skin. And the proof was in the pudding as the team showed a number of pieces on models who, instead of walking the catwalk, road the stage on a city bike.

The introduction of a faded pattern fabric, first in black and white and then in “bright as street signs” reds, yellows and blues, had the home grown appeal of clothing left too long in a dappled sunlight, while the reflective protective strips used for biking at night made a nice addition to the edge of shorts or zipping down the front of tops.

If the sporty look of bike messengers was only hinted in the clothing, the parcels they carried definitely had a role to play in the collection. The final group of looks, all stiff and sculpted, were crafted out of fabric that was a kissing cousin to a membrane like material used for FedEx packaging.  Count on a lot of requests for next day delivery on this clever collection.

-Jessica Michault

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