As usual, the graphic design background of Issey Miyake was the driving force of this Spring 2014 collection. First there was the live performance by Ei Wada, who created music using light-up TV screens at the start of the runway. Then, there were the clothes. At first glance, one might see a leaning toward minimalism in designer Yoshiyuki Miyamae's silhouettes, but upon closer inspection, you can see each piece featured the types of textile manipulation at the very core of the brand. A series of pants had a three-dimensional grid effect and leather skirts punched with tiny holes seemed to radiate, all thanks to — according to show notes — a "stream stretch" technique. And where other clothes might feel overwrought by this level of innovation, the pieces looked truly effortless. And downright comfortable. Even the models, who meandered the runway in groups, looked positively happy to be wearing them.
Issey Miyake Spring 2014: Creatures of Comfort