FOR Spring Summer 2019, Homme Plissé Issey Miyake transforms pre-historic art into an edgy collection. The primordial-themed compilation, entitled “PRIMITIVE”, explores the vitality of primitive living with bold prints in vivid colours inspired by ancient decorative drawings and geometric motifs. Also of note: Homme Plissé Issey Miyake Primitive 2019 Spring Summer collection is one of the most prolific releases yet.
Started in 2013, the diffusion line is the masculine counterpart to Pleats Please Issey Miyake that started almost two decades ago. The contemporary menswear diffusion line possesses the same innovative properties including the wrinkle-proof feature, uniform pleat width and quick-drying base material that does not cling to the body. The use of light-weight material and the fluidity of the cut are designed for easy movement with low maintenance. The “garment pleating” technique, a familiar trademark of the brand, is applied to create a three-dimensional structure in the garments that combine form with functionality.
The fascinating pieces paired with a sporty edge are clearly skewed towards the younger and more contemporary audience. Aesthetically, it is marked by design elements from ancient decorative and ceremonial art such as body paint, ancient ladder check drawings, primitive geometric symbols, and overlapping colours.
The outcome is a series of creative prints, some bold and impactful, some delicately shaded, others punctuated by geometric motifs of circles, triangles, and superimposed squares, and some featuring overlapping of large rows of different colours. Included in this collection is an A-Poc Denim with prints inspired by ancient body painting on jacquard fabrics, and a washi t-shirt – a light cotton thread woven with washi paper.
With the growing popularity of its ready-to-wear, the brand started releasing a series of accessories back in 2016. Now onto its third year, the collection continues to grow this season with new additions to the Pleats Day Pack and Pleats Flat Bag series in varied colours, sizes, and style. The expanded range of sporting accessories by Homme Plissé Issey Miyake is aligned with the brand’s intention to create a wardrobe of contemporary attire and accessories for modern men.
Throughout the season, new pieces from the Homme Plissé Issey Miyake Primitive 2019 Spring Summer collection, including ethnic coats, sports shirts, zip sweatshirts, jogger pants, and more will be released monthly. They’ll be tied to a monthly theme sporting a distinctive colour according to seasonal prints. Combining traditional Japanese decorative techniques and innovative in-house technology, the new releases and the expanded range of daily wear is aimed at allowing the men to have fun – and to empower them to get creative with their dressing.