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INI ARCHIBONG

“An Object Should Communicate An Idea to the People Coming in Contact With It. It’s a Three-Dimensional Standing Piece of Poetry.”

A-POC ABLE ISSEY MIYAKE / KYOTO

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MOGANA

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MACq 01

Waterfront Views, Natural Tasmanian Timbers and Modern Design Completes Hobart's Most Conveniently-Situated Luxury Hotel

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Artist Lee Ufan Presents New Works at Pace Gallery East Hampton

GENTA ISHIZUKA

A Studio Visit To The Kyoto-based Contemporary Urushi Lacquer Artist

ONSEN RYOKAN YUEN SAPPORO

Overlooking the Stunning Botanic Gardens, A Relaxing Respite in Sapporo

RYOJI IKEDA

The Japanese Artist Presents His Long-Awaited Solo Exhibition in London

SOKI ATAMI

Irrepressibly Restorative, Remedial and Relaxing: The Perfect Retreat

The Sunseeker

Community is at the Heart of this Design-Led Boutique Motel in Australia's Byron Bay

MENYA INOICHI

Bib Gourmand-awarded Low-Key Ramen Dining, With a High-Quality Twist

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SATOSHI KONDO

As The Way It Comes To Be: The ISSEY MIYAKE designer's Garments With Presence

IM MEN / AOYAMA

Find The Famed Japanese Label's New Mens Brand In Their 1987 Shiro Kuramata-Designed Interior

KOFFEE MAMEYA KAKERU

The Art of Coffee Meets The Craft of Cocktails In A Spectacular Interior

BEHIND THE SCENES OF ISSEY MIYAKE AW20/21

Backstage At Designer Satoshi Kondo's 'Making Speaking, Speaking Making'

July, 2020
Behind The Scenes, ISSEY MIYAKE AW20/21 © ISSEY MIYAKE

Making Speaking, Speaking Making.

The cryptic yet almost ironically definitive title for designer Satoshi Kondo‘s Autumn-Winter 20/21 collection for ISSEY MIYAKE began with a bang.

As models emerged from a stencil cut-out paper screen, their vivid black and white silhouettes as A-POC garments presented a contrast to the sea of journalists and guests, patiently watching the cinematic course of events that amalgamate to form an ISSEY MIYAKE presentation. Directed and led by the esteemed choreographer Daniel Ezralow, the show expressed the connectivity of the collection’s knitted garments shown through hand-held models walking side by side, to those who danced and floated, expressing the diverse flexibility of voluminous forms.

For the 36-year-old Kondo, the recently-appointed head designer for the renowned Japanese fashion house, he presents a sense of the new guard with youthfulness and depth. Kondo succeeded in referencing the house’s unabashed expression of colour – expressive and modern – with intricate textile techniques in recognisably loose, yet bold, forms. As a large yet cohesive show, the collection presented small worlds within worlds – featuring seven differing collection styles. From origami-folded bodysuits to conjoined knitwear, each garment presented a surprise for the eyes. Kondo’s inspiration was led by, “the fun and joy of making things with your own hands – remembering the vibrancy of colour, the rhythm of making, with our five senses like sounds resonating through the body.”

The finale ended joyful and uplifting, channelling hope and the positivity of the human spirit. As Kondo, in an emerald green buttoned up cotton shirt, took a speedy bow – his collection presented a reminder of the power of joyful expression through clothes, particularly important for the world today.

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Backstage, ISSEY MIYAKE AW20/21 © ISSEY MIYAKE
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Behind The Scenes, ISSEY MIYAKE AW20/21 © ISSEY MIYAKE
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July, 2020