Issey Miyake Homme Plissé Spring/Summer 2021 Presentation Offers Major Dance Moves

“For a future that is healthy, bright, and full of hope.”

It is the fourth time Issey Miyake is showing his Homme Plissé menswear offshoot on Paris Fashion Week schedule — and this time, everything shifted to digital. Daniel Ezralow-directed presentations were replaced by a video produced and directed by Japanese fashion filmmaker Yusuke Kobayashi. However, the premise behind the occasion remained the same: to explore the dynamism of garments and fabrics in motion and demonstrate the ease of movement offered by Homme Plissé pieces. In this online-only presentation, it almost felt as if it were garments themselves who encouraged the three dancer models to move around with enthusiasm in a fluid way, not the other way around. One of them has even joined forces with a basketball to show off the nimbleness of the Plissé clothing in motion.

By touching a white seedling, dancers Franck, OBA, and ZiNEZ turned on the music as well as their own bodies. By the time each of the three presentation segments come to an end, each of the tiny seedlings blossoms into a unique flower arrangement — all pleated, in keeping with the line’s codes. The dance floor saw an array of irregular, multicolored garments: checks and stripes on jackets and suiting, bleach puckerings on robe-like coats, soft-toned garments both with the signature plissé and devoid of it. There were also pops of neon in yellow, lime green, bright red and medium blue colors — reflecting Mr. Miyake’s definition of the Homme Plissé uniform that is fun, easy and capable of sparking joy in its wearer.

Albeit majority pleated and filled very pigmented in color, the range still leaves an impression of something clean and unblemished in one’s mind; a simple yet elegant pleats-centric wardrobe filled with everything from simple suiting to kimono jackets, samurai shorts, long coats and T-shirts. As with the Pleats Please womenswear line, the Miyake seeks to liberate the way we dress and experience clothing. Homme Plissé prides itself in being designed for all shapes, sizes ages and occasions, and this collection certainly does fill the bill. After all, when you are presented with low-maintenance, machine-washable and wrinkle-proof garments that can be interpreted as classy casual attire and activewear at the same time, what more could you ask for?

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