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Sweet Pleats

BY Margo Steines | July 7, 2017 | Feature Features

Issey Miyake debuts new styles for summer.
Tribal solid top, $790, and tribal solid skirt, $1,075, both by Issey Miyake at Saks Fifth Avenue, International Market Place.

Technology-driven Japanese designer Issey Miyake has been charming the runway elite with eye-poppingly intricate fashion since the ’70s, when he began experimenting with architectural pleats and avant-garde silhouettes. His iconic brand, which has also blossomed into offshoots like Pleats Please, A-POC and Cauliflower, hasn’t stopped wowing us. Since his label’s inception, Miyake has brought us boundary-pushing fashion that is undeniably artistic but also highly wearable.

This season, Issey presents us with a collection titled Microcosm, inspired by the intersection of nature and technology. For this outing, the designer developed new techniques, such as Cut & Stick, which allows two different materials to be adhered to each other to create a texture that is simultaneously flexible and rigid; and Baked Stretch, a method that creates pleats by baking a special glue into a garment, creating a dynamic pattern in vivid color. We are particularly enamored with the brilliant blues and sweeping lines in this season’s tribal patterns, which skim the body with gorgeous lightness. Think unconventional shapes, modern textures and elegant draping, plus rock-star handbags from his geometry-obsessed Bao Bao accessory line. In retail mecca Waikīkī, you’ll now find classic Issey as well as Issey Miyake Men, Pleats Please and Bao Bao at Saks Fifth Avenue’s outpost at International Market Place. 2345 Kuhio Ave., Waikiki, O‘ahu, 600.2500

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