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>> In today's New York Times, Issey Miyake wrote an op-ed in which, for the first time ever, he publicly shares his thoughts of the day when he was seven years old and the first atomic bomb was dropped in his hometown of Hiroshima.
Before, he says, questions on the subject made him "uncomfortable" and he "did not want to be labeled 'the designer who survived the atomic bomb.'” But now, he feels he has "a personal and moral responsibility to speak out as one who survived."
"I still see things no one should ever experience" »
Here's a pop-up concept with a little more depth than just collaboration t-shirts and last season's overstock--The Metal Shop, opening in New York this Thursday, will host a variety of designers with the theme of metals in mind. Michael Kors, Helmut Lang, and Patrik Ervell are among designers included in the pop-up which will appear at participating designer, Issey Miyake's Tribeca retail space. The pop-up is being curated in conjunction with The Metal Ball, an event inspired by the legendary Bauhaus Metallic Festival and held in the wake of Performa's 2006 White On White Party. The Bauhaus School was once decorated entirely in metallic colors and it is the aim of the Performa sponsored Ball and resulting pop-up store to once again celebrate that, well, celebration. Just in time for the holidays too...
Marlow may have gone down the Congo in search of Kurtz while Dai Fujiwara searched the Amazon with its Orinoco for inspiration, but both found something in the jungles, thankfully for Issey Misyake fans we weren't left crying "the horror, the horror" after the Spring 2009 collection but rather "the joy, the joy." The Issey Miyake team too their inspiration from the Amazonian jungle's palette in order to come up with the eight hues for the collection's color story. Woody and green colors, filtered into muted final products like the light is filtered the jungle's own canopy.
The collection was soft and futuristic, but rather than dwell on the interior human romance like Anne Valerie Hash's futurism, it gave us a view of a technological future with nature at its core. This deeply comforting, and somewhat humbling, insight from one of the most technically forward of fashion lines is a beacon of light in troubled ecological times. Diaphanous pleated sheath dresses and a classic black cocoon cut-sewn-then-pleated dress made up the core of a collection that was very much in the spirit of the house. Unlike Marlow we need not wonder at " the implacable silence and inscrutable intention" of the jungle, for in the world of Issey Miyake it is that unknowable unwavering silent intention that gives us the lightest of all possible futures.
This morning, when we popped onto La Garconne to see what had posted over the weekend, 'oh la la' dribbled out of our mouths. La Garconne has a clean little way of editorializing their products. It's a simple splash, like the one we have on our front page, which shows a garment of note. Although we wholeheartedly agree with the way sites like Net-a-Porter editorialize their goods, we also have a soft spot for La Garconne's tidy, honest personality a la their front page. What helps give this simple design a little more panache is when the garment being featured is bright and wild like this Zucca Nylon Taffeta Dress.
Zucca is part of La Garconne's new Atelier section. The line, started by Onozuka Akira (protege of Issey Miyake) in 1989, is known for embodying the modern Japanese aesthetic which plays with proportion and textile at the expense of giving consumers those 'pretty cocktail dresses' they love so much. The Zucca dress is no exception. We'd expect someone with a lot of personality to show up to an event in this dress...she would likely be referred to as The Gal In A Blazing Taffeta Dress and she'd easy to spot standing in a sea of girls wearing their Herve Ledger and Louboutin outfits.
Boy, do these models look happy or what? I kid, I kid. On the left is a look from Junya Watanabe, in the middle is one from Issey Miyake, and at right is one from Valentino. I love Paris Fashion Week because it's so high-concept and unwearable—and because it's perfectly timed to give me Halloween ideas, heh. Which of these looks do you like most?