THERE IS a saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” and that is exactly the approach Homme Plissé Issey Miyake took with their AW21 collection. Entitled Never Change, Ever Change, the Japanese brand took the classics and changed their perspective by reimagining them from a more contemporary stance. Original ideas fused with new technology, the AW21 fashion film gave us an insight into the making of the clothes.
The brand, which launched in 2013 as an extension to Issey Miyake, has become a cult brand. Known to appeal to all types of men, the brand has skyrocketed and managed to capture the attention of artists, designers and businessmen, seen in situations like Frieze Art Fair and your local supermarket.
This collection was created with the hope of continuing its evolution while still remaining true to the brand’s DNA and style aesthetics.
For the first time, Solid Pleats are being introduced out of 100 per cent recycled polyester fabric. With no change in finish or texture, this small step is making a big difference and helping push a notoriously environmentally bad industry into a more sustainable future.
A beautiful hand-drawn print, inspired by African-inspired weaved baskets that come to life in this collection through brush strokes giving the impression that they are moving with you.
The loved pleated jersey fabric returns for another season, but this time the relaxed fabric is transformed into tailored pieces. Slim, short-length jackets and trousers with waist apron are paired together for a look suited for smarter occasions.
On a similar note, tweed enters the Issey Miyake equation with fabric woven with yarn-dyed polyester to create a light-weight wool-like fabric that looks similar to tweed. The simple, wrinkle-resistant silhouettes help redefine the urban man and what he wears.
The AW21 collection produced something for each archetype of Issey lover, stretching from casual to smarter options proving once again, that it is hard not to love the brand.