Fashion
  • Text Alex Baker
  • 23rd January 2017

Call of the wild

Paris’ botanical gardens proved a fitting location for Yusuke Takahashi’s FW17 Issey Miyake Men’s collection, reflecting the slow reveal of woodland motifs that adorned pieces: from bold Jackson Pollock-esque paint splatterings to check tweed inspired by the forest’s natural colour paletteGrounding these prints were crinkled, deconstructed coats and suits in a palette of olive greens, rust and deep navy.

“[Combining] the ease of urban outfits, the outdoor spirit of trekking and the patterns that arise from nature’s energy,” the show notes read and this biomimicry theme continued across a more subtle print that resembled Autumnal leaves against the evening sky, giving a weathered, discolouration speckle to coats and trousers.

Structured bags in oranges, blacks, browns proved the perfect walking companion (ideal storage for a pitstop sarnie or two), whilst tricolour sneakers or more formal matte black ankle boots completed each look. Like the forest floor during fall, a cluster of textures merged beneath loose flowing nylon macs in blues and whites, ideal protection against any pesky black clouds.