- 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 palette. Grounding 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.