The Issey Miyake AW 2012 show was held at the beautiful Grand Palais on Champs Elysees but that was pretty much the only romantic thing about it. Yoshiuki Miyamae presented a collection that is high tech and is best viewed in 3D glasses. The show commenced with the demonstration of the steam stretch concept fabric that the designer used to define this collection.
However for me the fascination lay in the shapes. The highlight was definitely the outerwear, where complex shapes were complemented by the clashing fabric and colour combinations. Padding, mesh, silk, knitting - you name it, it was all there on the catwalk in colours that varied from icy cold blues to burnt orange, red and charcoal.
Speaking of charcoal... an odd one out - classically tailored pant suit left me a little confused as it did not seem to fit the otherwise very progressive and almost high-tech looking collection. Overall wearable yet exciting and hopefully practical pieces to look forward to next winter. If there are two things to remember from this collection, it would be 'coats' and 'steam stretch fabric'.