August 30


Walked into one of the Issey Miyake shops on Omotesando yesterday afternoon and walked out with a piece of origami. The 1325 Collection is kind of boggling, because all the skirts and pants etc. fold down to beautiful flat pieces of geometry. The summer offerings are all made of precisely folded gray and black and white fabric, with metallic ink screened on when each piece is folded down flat. When they’re worn, though, what looks like a big swath of bling turns out to be little points of sparkle tucked randomly into corners.

As an added bonus, the whole collection is made from recycled plastic bottles.

Stateside, the 1325 Collection is sold at the Tribeca Issey Miyake store in New York (119 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10013, Tel. 212.226.0100)

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