Issey Miyake Channels Tundra-Chic for FW 2018

Issey Miyake Channels Tundra-Chic for FW 2018

Issey Miyake's FW18 collection trails away from trend and theatrically explores texture.

Issey Miyake's FW18 collection trails away from trend and theatrically explores texture.

Text: Thomas Chou

For his FW 2018 collection, Japanese designer Issey Miyake, refreshingly turned away from trend in order to focus on texture. Oversized fits, athleisure elements, and muted colors fused together to conjure a sense of utilitarian tundra-wear with a modern and high-concept edge.

Evocative of Miyake’s FW collections of the past, freeform silhouettes and unstructured lines dominated the latest collection. However, Miyake chose to keep this season’s designs more muted in tone — black, white, and a standout rich, burnt orange color tied together the primarily color-less storyline. Another highlight of the collection included dramatically high necklines that were delicately offset with the addition of shaggy fur and vision-warping stripes.

In the last dozen looks of the runway show, Miyake turned up the dial on color. The designer featured bright jackets that managed to incorporate avant-garde style elements into a ready-to-wear collection — a Miyake signature move. Miyake chose to keep the styling of the models light, with rosy eyelids and wind-swept cheeks making a soft statement. However, to offset the faintness of the makeup, many models were outfitted with theatrical, fly-eye shaped glasses, adding intensity and force to the collection as a whole.

Designer Issey Miyake and his namesake label represent an unwavering pillar within fashion that has stayed true to a cohesive style narrative, unwilling to bend despite the overwhelming influence of trends. With such an inimitable and innovative vision, Issey Miyake remains a stalwart brand within the fashion industry —channeling high art concepts into wearable garments for nearly 50 years. 

Credits: Images via Vogue Runway.

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