If you're not familiar with the brand, HOMME PLISSÉ ISSEY MIYAKE is just one of many lines by Japanese designer Issey Miyake. In some ways, it's the men's equivalent to the PLEATS PLEASE ISSEY MIYAKE label. Both are centred around a pleating technique patented by Issey Miyake where the garments are completely sewn and then pleated. HOMME PLISSÉ ISSEY MIYAKE is characterised by its sporty designs with an artistic Japanese slant. These are clothes that are wrinkle-free, unrestrictive and look more futuristic than your standard athleisure fit.
For spring/summer 2018, the collection is inspired by the Jōmon period. It's a time that's significant in Japanese prehistory where the earliest forms of Japanese pottery, Dogū, were found. These distinct clay figurines have been translated into prints but done in a Pop Art manner on boxy tops and straight-cut trousers (looks 4 and 9). The Dogū also informed the use of more rustic and earthy colours for the collection (looks 1 and 11).
HOMME PLISSÉ ISSEY MIYAKE heavily uses polyester as its main fabric to get that heat-set pleated result. The spring/summer 2018 collection reintroduces more natural fabrics—a continuation from fall/winter 2017—but finished raw (looks 3 and 7) and loosely knitted to give an aged appearance. Traditional techniques are reinterpreted through prints (looks 14 and 19) to resemble the embroidery technique of sashiko.
If that's not enough to make you want to adopt a whole new look, the collection introduces two new styles of backpacks. Both styles are pleated (of course) and a step up from the simpler designs of seasons past. The PLEATS DAYPACK (look 17) is a sleek minimal backpack with a roomy main compartment, while the PLEATS FLATPACK (look 6) is designed for those of prefer a more compact backpack.
The HOMME PLISSÉ ISSEY MIYAKE spring/summer 2018 collection is available at the HOMME PLISSÉ ISSEY MIYAKE store at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.