Catwalk Review: Issey Miyake A/W 2011/12

05/03/2011 10:13 | Updated 22 May 2015

Issey Miyake catwalkIssey Miyake a/w collection. Photo: PA

DESIGNER: Issey Miyake

INSPIRATION: Entitled Rondo #2, the collection revisited the zigzag pattern first explored in autumn/winter 2007/8. Inspired by Escher's drawings, the concept was to show this simple pattern morph and take on new and evolved forms.

TOP LOOKS: A silk jacquard dogtooth check biker jacket was paired with a zigzag silhouette pair of trousers for a surprisingly chic - if eccentric - approach to daywear. Meanwhile the final dress, a blotched watercolour chiffon gown that cocooned the body with origami folds was at once dramatic and ethereal.

ACCESSORIES: Models stomped down the runway in mid-heel platformed ankle boots.

WHO WAS THERE: Suzy Menkes was front row, alongside a gaggle of other international fashion editors.

WHAT WE THOUGHT: After 17 years, this was the designer's final collection; and - perhaps unsurprisingly - the sum added up to Miyake "greatest hits", with plenty of pleats, quilting, kimono silhouettes, and origami cocooning. The show opened with what felt more like an art installation than a fashion show. A grand piano playing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, while paper origami dresses were created and dressed on models before the audience's eyes. But the show gradually morphed into something else - wearable pieces of art. And it is this skill that has made Miyake's designs so influential over the past two decades.

See our favourite looks in the gallery below:,feedConfig,localizationConfig,entry&id=989324&pid=989323&uts=1299320094

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