Think the pleat is only a matter of straight lines? Think again, suggests Issey Miyake's fall 2014 collection. On the technical level, there is more to these clothes than meets the eye. It isn't so much showing something for the season to come as validating concepts for the future. Such was Mr Miyke's creed, and so continue to proceed his acolytes. The notes give the cut-and-dried science of it, and then the clothes bring the magical shazam that makes the previous information almost moot.
Ei Wada, a regular contributor to the eerie aural landscape of Issey Miyake, occupied the back wall with a new invention of his, the Spring Guitar - essentially a contraption consisting of a guitar, springs and cans to create an lo-fi effect processor - modulating the voice of singer Chiyako. The combination of them felt so alien, it was powerfully evocative of the clothes on the runway.
Today, the forest was the underlying theme - its cycles, respiration, foliage and roots - so the show ran along the curves and lines of this. The increased structure and optical play made for strong silhouettes; Much stronger in fact than the later pleats-with-pleats combinations. But this was secondary to the overall message of the collection: clothes made to travel through the demands of a contemporary wardrobe.
But ultimately, there was more. Should humans achieve intergalactic travel, the wardrobe is this. That much was clear from the second the opening group extracted their outfits from the circular metal clutches they were carrying. Demonstrated throughout, it made a case for being not just about the clothes.