As the gentle whisper of spring beckons, the world of fashion is gracefully graced with the enigmatic touch of Issey Miyake‘s Spring/Summer 2024 collection. A masterpiece curated with an elegant dance between tradition and modernity, Satoshi Kondo, the heralded artisan of the iconic brand, unveils a series that waltzes seamlessly between fantasy and reality.
In the silent yet expressive language of fabrics, Kondo paints a narrative inspired by the evanescent grace of a flag fluttering, an eloquent testimony to the transient yet impactful nature of design. Nature, an eternal muse, breathes life and motion into the collection. Elements of fire, wind, and water are intricately woven, each piece a fluid sonnet echoing the undefined, formless embrace of these eternal forces.
The opening sequence of the collection, baptized “ambiguous,” unfolds a symphony of sheer, draped, long knit dresses. A palette of white, black, peach, and pale purple graces the silhouette, each hue narrating a silent yet profound stanza of spring’s tender kiss. The oversize sleeves, a gentle nod to the elegant dance of formlessness, echo the silent sonnets of the natural elements.
High-twist cotton yarn and Wholegarment technology become the silent artists, weaving drapery that sings the ballad of natural forms. A unique blend of natural washi yarn and synthetic yarn unveils an exclusive stretchy fabric; its texture, reminiscent of whispered secrets, encapsulates the serendipitous dance of form and accident.
The Spring/Summer 2024 collection, a silent yet profound narrative, honors the legacy of the legendary Japanese designer, Issey Miyake. Kondo transforms the runway into a sanctified space where humanmade bird sounds and poetic dance unveil the masterpieces. Echoes of Miyake’s Spring/Summer 1998 collection reverberate with modern interpretation, the draped ensembles and unconventional suiting narrating a ballad of past meets present.
Colors inspired by the discreet hues found in nature and the vibrant echoes of sunsets ignited across gradient dresses shine under the spotlight. The brand’s signature pleats, Miyake’s undeniable legacy, grace clocked dresses with tonal shawls. Semi-translucent suiting, twisted tops, and breaded headgear enhance the offering, making the collection a revered sanctuary where fantasy and reality converge.
Issey Miyake also unveils its first-ever collaboration with New Balance, marking an epoch where vintage-styled low-top silhouettes are adorned with exposed foam accents and the iconic “N” symbolism. As models stroll the runway, the black and white colorways with blue-tinted sole units reflect the brand’s seamless dance between tradition and innovation.
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