Saturday 30th September

| BY Richard Gray

Issey Miyake: Ready-to-Wear SS18

It’s a fascinating axis at Issey Miyake as the studio under design director Yoshiyuki Miyamae stands, just like his predecessors, with one foot in the natural – a constant source of inspiration from rocks to trees to fish scales. And the other in the world of science and technological advances where future-like fabrics are shaped and stretched and pleated and folded into all manner of garments.

The clothes: dresses with funnel necks and wide trousers; shell tops and capes came in stretchy and pleated fabrics and printed in a mishmash of stripes and checks and abstract shapes. One beautiful top and skirt suit had, what looked like, a countryside scene on the front but with ends of cotton sticking out of the fabric looked 3D. Miyake’s exceptionally loyal clients would approve.

Photographs by Jason Lloyd Evans