The models in Yoshiyuki Miyamae's Fall 2013 show for Issey Miyake did something we haven't seen many models in Paris do: they smiled. But who wouldn't be happy wearing the brightly colored mix of checks that Miyamae proposed as an antidote to the dreary gray of Winter? The designer, seemingly inspired by the Scottish Highlands, fused tartan, houndstooth, and the Prince of Wales check that so many of his compatriots have used this season together, then blew them up into oversize prints and filtered them through a technicolor palette of bright blue, pink, orange, and green. Black and gray made appearances, notably in a fur coat and a check coat with black piping, but perhaps the most interesting pieces were the colorful trousers with bites of houndstooth hidden in the pleats.
Yoshiyuki Miyamae's Spring 2013 show for Issey Miyake brought us something we haven't seen very much in Paris this week: models smiling. Whether their grins came from the brightly colored and patterned dresses they were wearing or the entertaining zigzag pattern Miyamae asked them to walk in remains unclear. What we do know is that this offering is among the most vibrant we've seen all week, combining loud blocks of color with diagonal stripes for an effect that even the most stalwart minimalists would find eye-catching. Buyers no doubt appreciated how Miyamae's use of color created different feelings: blue trousers with white tuxedo stripes looked very sportif, while the black and white pieces were plenty trendy and plenty sophisticated.