The earth is a pale blue small dot in the vast cosmic arena.
Yusuke Takahashi, creative director at Issey Miyake Men, let his blazing imagination wander through volcanos’ spewing eruptions, breathtaking cliffs and blinding northern lights, finding inspiration in the great wildness of nature. The prints of his last Men’s AW1415 collection are memories of his planetary journey told through a series of unconventionally refined designs and an intriguing fabrics’ range. Skintight Lycra leggings, caps and massive backpacks provide the basic equipment for this mission to the edges of the earth, featuring tailored pieced that reveled Takhashi’s passion for combining elegance with eccentricity and innovative tech-wear with tradition. Double faced kind ponchos in contrasting colors were washed shrinking the exposed hand cut parts to evoke eroded fjords with their irregular movements and rough texture. An harsh explosion of batik patterns obtained by the mix of brush dyed primary tones, together with twirling electric flashes gave an adventurous look to the classic silhouettes of polished pieces. The will of break through the flat dimension of the cloth, which always characterized Issey Miyake’s design studio is fulfilled with a reflective prism fabric quilted onto flannel that reflects the light creating a three dimension effect like the Aurora Borealis. A kaleidoscope of blasting prints on pleated and twisted garments dragged the spectators’ eyes into a different universe, joining Yusuke Takahashi’s artistic mind beyond the background mirrors, which playfully reflected a fragmented and illusory multiplied reality.
Unlimited possibilities blossom for forward-looking men like the miracle of life, which spreads its vibrant power through the world’s outstanding landscapes of ice and fire.