Your laundry chair walked the runway at Issey Miyake AW24/25

Your laundry chair walked the runway at Issey Miyake AW24/25

by Robyn Pullen
2 min

The pile of laundry that’s been building up on the chair in your bedroom became sentient and appeared in Paris today in the form of Issey Miyake’s AW24/25 collection. Obviously that’s a joke, but Creative Director Satoshi Kondo’s new collection did feature enough draped, layered, piled clothing that its models appeared buried beneath swaths of fabric, much like the chair in your room (you really need to put it away).

Inspired by “the act of clothing the human body,” Issey Miyake’s show this morning opened to the sounds of strings courtesy of Japanese musician Koki Nakano. Known for his study of the human relationship with water through music, the fluidity of Nakano’s soundtrack was reflected in the collection that followed.

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Issey Miyake ©
Issey Miyake ©
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Utilising draping and layering, the collection featured bulky, piled silhouettes that enveloped its models. Long sleeves hung below models’ hands, hemlines drooped far below the waist, and pieces of fabric were pinned in piles across models’ shoulders and torsos. The first look that emerged featured a light blue and green, ribbed knitted dress, layered beneath an ultra-cropped jumper with extremely long sleeves, and accessorised with a similarly oversized knitted hat.

The oversized proportions of this look were nothing in comparison to those that followed, as the collection saw shirts, jackets and dresses which ballooned far past typical silhouettes. For example, a deep blue, deconstructed shirt and trousers, with fabric pouring over the model’s shoulders, utilised loose tailoring to create a combination of melded, contrasting structures.

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This use of relaxed tailoring and loose layering is seen repeated throughout Issey Miyake’s collection, appearing in the form of a diagonal-hem white jacket paired with wide-leg trousers, and on perhaps the collection’s most iconic look, which featured draped black knitwear across the models’ shoulders, accessorised with a black, wide-brimmed hat.

Whilst Issey Miyake’s collections are always dramatic, draped, and oversized, this season saw all of these features intensified. Silhouettes were bolder, shapes were bigger, and overall it was more impactful than we could have imagined. Maybe you don’t need to tidy away the clothes on your laundry chair: just layer and layer them like Issey Miyake.

Featured image via Issey Miyake ©

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