Article courtesy of the AP News, Paris
Dai Fujiwara is not the type to do things by halves.
To research the color scheme for his spring-summer 2009 collection for Issey Miyake, shown in Paris on Tuesday, the Japanese designer and his team headed for the Amazon rainforest equipped with more than 3,000 color swatches, which they compared to the hues of plants and tree bark.
The infinite variety of colors was whittled down to eight shades ranging from a sandy brown to a vivid green.
A leaf green transparent silk tunic was layered over a matching bandeau bikini for a sophisticated beach ensemble. Eco warriors may opt for the military-inspired items, which included a stand-out pair of combat pants with a twisted seam.
Since taking over as creative director last year, Fujiwara has steadily stamped his character on the prestigious Japanese label without challenging its founder’s legacy.
Miyake’s trademark pleated fabrics were sculpted into a swirling two-tone green shift, or a sculptural black cocoon dress, to stunning effect.
Starting this week, Fujiwara will enjoy a brand-new showcase for his creations with the opening of a new Miyake boutique on the exclusive rue Royale.
Images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.