On the invitation, the delineated folding pattern lines on the outside and the resulting colored print inside, whetted curiosity as to what Yoshiyuki Miyamae had cooked up at Issey Miyake.
The things they can do with a simple piece of cloth, here.
And as anyone attending their shows knows, this is not just a fashion show, it's a performance at the cross-roads of aural, visual and applied arts.
There was a buoyant feeling conveyed by the balloons which opened the show in a Ghibli-like fantasy of white silhouettes at one end of the runway.
All the better to highlight the textures obtained through the house's 3D Steam Stretch, that allows volumes to be extruded from a simple piece of cloth by applying steam to a pre-creased fabric.. Handy notes left for each guest made the process sound so straightforward, it is almost a wonder it isn't more employed.
Today, the "creative power of wind" was the starting point of a collection where textural feelings were conveyed on intensely summery shapes.
Last season's curvilinear pleating returned as hats, while mesh lightened fabric into airiness. A curved seam on a sleeve spoke of softness and ease. Silhouettes felt intensely connected to the direction of this season's breezy sportiness, in the easy cuts turned conversation piece thanks to their texture, and a palette of soft neutrality inspired by summer skies.
That cutting edge technology has been harnessed to produce such organic, dreamy looking results is nothing short of magical. Or at the very least, it was worth the unexpected second round of applause while guests were filing out.