by Barb on October 5, 2010
According to the Alfred Hitchcock voiceover, which begins the SS11 Issey Miyake show at Palais de Tokyo, the best way to tell a ghost story is in the dark. The lights dim and smoke seeps onto the runway as the spotlight focuses on the first model. Strong contrasts of black and white hit the runway first, with a play on the popular geometrics trend. A shift into bright reds, yellows, and blues excites audiences as creative director Dai Fujiwara steers the collection into carefully hand-dyed designs.
Multi-colored patterns and appliqués are perhaps one of the last things that you would associate with ghosts, but such make an appearance on the catwalk before shifting the collection back into monochrome while maintaining the flair of bold patterns. The collection closes with white pleated designs that contrast with black and accents of gradients in gray.
What is incredibly charming of the collection is the ability to take the theme and transcend it beyond the imagery of flowing sheer wear that one would associate with ghosts and other spiritual elements. The strong black/white dichotomy that opens and closes the show brings the theme forward, but spins it with accents of geometry, prints, and soft gradients.
Check out the video that I shot below:
Images courtesy of Style.com