The Heart of Darkness Provides Levity at Issey Miyake

Marlow may have gone down the Congo in search of Kurtz while Dai Fujiwara searched the Amazon with its Orinoco for inspiration, but both found something in the jungles, thankfully for Issey Misyake fans we weren't left crying "the horror, the horror" after the Spring 2009 collection but rather "the joy, the joy." The Issey Miyake team too their inspiration from the Amazonian jungle's palette in order to come up with the eight hues for the collection's color story. Woody and green colors, filtered into muted final products like the light is filtered the jungle's own canopy.

The collection was soft and futuristic, but rather than dwell on the interior human romance like Anne Valerie Hash's futurism, it gave us a view of a technological future with nature at its core. This deeply comforting, and somewhat humbling, insight from one of the most technically forward of fashion lines is a beacon of light in troubled ecological times. Diaphanous pleated sheath dresses and a classic black cocoon cut-sewn-then-pleated dress made up the core of a collection that was very much in the spirit of the house. Unlike Marlow we need not wonder at " the implacable silence and inscrutable intention" of the jungle, for in the world of Issey Miyake it is that unknowable unwavering silent intention that gives us the lightest of all possible futures.


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