The runway at Issey Miyake was reflective, not only of the models gliding across its surface, but of the cultural references of its creator. Renowned for innovation in design and a celebratory vibe, the collection began with brightly coloured sheer which turned fluid shifts, tunics and separates into the components for ultimate beachside glamour. Hues of cobalt blue and orange, yellow and green were mixed and matched at an array of angles setting a tone that was relaxed and utterly cool. Then came the stripes in every possible interpretation known to man, there were kaleidoscope stripes, Beetlejuice stripes in humbug monochrome, stripes went diagonally, straight across and up and down. Thick, thin, wavy, straight, graded and mashed in with a patchwork of other textures; the Miyake vision for the new season wardrobe was chaotic, colourful and bursting with print. Birkenstock-style flip flops were teamed with ponchos and ruched dresses, moving on to thickly bordered boxy coats, leggings and boleros. A sporty motif edged in via cropped trousers in cobalt blue, teamed with a little white shirt dipped in the same hue and a belted mac. The exotic allure of the multi-coloured sheer creations returned for the latter part of the show in shades of sea-green, coral, neon yellow, aqua and the seasonal favourite, orange. The summer at the house of Miyake will be one brimming with laid-back glamour and loose, flowing shapes.
Catwalk images: copyright vogue.co.uk