PARIS - Issey Miyake cast a few minutes of sunshine over a grey Paris sky on Friday with a fall-winter 2013-14 show brimming with colour.
Checkered patterns added to the fun, and it was invigorating to see them on models, who actually smiled as they walked.
The show's inspiration, said designer Yoshiyuke Miyamae, "comes from landscape seen from the sky."
Optical crisscrosses of varying thickness created great dynamic movements on stretch fabric, as he imagined an aerial view of a dense forest. Colors of the '80s such as rich ultramarine, vivid jade and vermilion evoked the hues.
"What you see from a plane ... when sunshine lights up the land," Miyamae said.
That made for some beautiful knee-length coats.
Not all of the 42 looks worked. Some came across as busy, especially toward the end, when faux-fur was added to the repertoire. But the mastery of tonal colour really stole the show.
Tops saw colours blocked together in changing intensities. Discordant colours such as green with high tonal turquoise stand-out pockets showed a true flair.
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The inspiration comes from the landscape seen from the sky so where u can see a different vuision flower fields, rivers mountains kdifferent colours I I wanted to mix them
The music is originally Scottish but also india instruments, old wheel - also reflected in the clothes, with the mix in different cultures
Sunny colours lit up of the landscape
Todays pants is scenery of sky over paris