In the midst of the eerie coronavirus fear, BALENCIAGA’s doomsday show and KANYE WEST’s surprise fashion week version of Sunday Service during Paris Fashion Week, Satoshi Kondo presented his sophomore collection as creative director for ISSEY MIYAKE with a collection that dwelled on childhood memories of play and togetherness.
The show opened with members of the Issey Miyake family cutting out paper dolls from the crisp paper backdrop. Through the cutouts, models appeared in black on white ensembles, with black marker pen outlines. The idea of scribbling on clothes grew into a more bold and extreme print story as the scribbles morphed into something a la KEITH HARING. The prints were scattered on scuba waterfall coats and vests in subdued hues of mint and lavender partnered with full-on washcloth patchwork looks and one-shoulder dresses.
The true champions of the collection were the duvet ensembles that consisted of duvet trousers slashed at the knee paired with an oversize waterfall-style wrap coat. Gravel hues competed with neon yellow and crisp white for the duvet pieces.
As the collection came to a close, Satoshi Kondo presented a number of Siamese knitted looks that were connected from the shoulder, sleeve and even the legs, as the models danced, smiled and allowed themselves to be lead by their partner in circles on the runway. Satoshi Kondo’s SS20 collection looked at the ritual of getting dressed, this season, Satoshi Kondo looked at the importance of having fun with clothes, expressing a sense of togetherness and that being at war with each other over clothes will simply do nothing but alienate us and disconnect us.
Written by Madeleine Holth for Love Magazine