Issey Miyake Spring/Summer 2012 Paris Fashion Week. Photo: PA
WHO? This was designer Yoshiyuki Miyamae's debut for the brand.
IN A NUTSHELL: Florals have made their way in a number of shows during the recent catwalk season, but not quite like this. Miyamae told us back stage that he used a microscope to examine delicate blooms, revealing the powerful cell structure that lies beyond normal view. The show itself was choreographed with the precision of a botonist, with different sections of the show relating to specific parts of the plant, from the bud to the stem to the petal.
BEG, BORROW OR STEAL: The billowing painted silk tunics would have been just the job in the current Paris heatwave.
VERDICT: Miyamae put his mark on the Issey Miyake aesthetic by softening it at the edges and introducing a touch of ethereal elegance. "But it's not all soft and romantic", he reminded us after the show,"these are beautiful flowers but they also hold poison."