Paris Men's Fashion Week SS16: Issey Miyake Men

Paris Men's Fashion Week SS16: Issey Miyake Men

Urban jungle

Text: Pakkee Tan

Colour-blocked separates, graphic linear lines and vivid parrot prints. Yusuke Takahashi explored the collision of nature and urban architecture for Issey Miyake Men SS16

Designer Yusuke Takahashi was inspired by... the interplay between nature and the urban landscape — especially in Tokyo and Mexico — and wanted to communicate that men were urban animals interacting with the city as their colourful second nature.

And, like all good shows, it started with a bang. Jacquard suits and separates arrived into the amphitheatre of Musée du Quai Branly (located on the Paris Left Bank) fully plastered with the vivid images taken by photographer Yoshinori Mizutani in Tokyo: Bright yellow parrots perched on black electric lines against an azure blue background.

The second chapter of his runway... showcased the graphic colours of Mexico and Luis Barragan's architecture through bold colour-blocking (hot pink, electric blue and neon yellow) on long vests, jackets and shorts with a relaxed sporty aesthetic.

Yet, it was Takahashi's more restrained ensembles... especially his cotton-linen suit in black ink worn over a gray marle waist coat sans shirt, and elegantly finished with a classic cream scarf tied around the neck, that truly held court.

On the models' faces were... classic round and rectangular shades with a subtle twist - each lens held together by a thin metal frame. They are part of a new sunglass line born from the collaboration with Japanese eyewear maker Kaneko Optical, and will be launched at Silmo Paris this September.

To see the full collection, click on the slideshow below.

To see all our coverage of Paris Men's Fashion Week SS16, click here.