Issey Miyake Spring 2023 was an upbeat tribute to its late founder

Issey Miyake‘s design team never fails to deliver something fresh, innovative and often unexpected to Paris Fashion Week. But of course there was a little extra anticipation ahead of the brand’s spring 2023 outing on Friday, as it’s the first show since its namesake the founder passed in August.

Chief designer Satoshi Kondo and his team began the show with a moment of silence, showing an image of Miyake on screens around the runway, which was more of an open space through which models walked in various formations. Two white abstract sculptures decorated the room, as did a grand piano, manned by a live DJ who artfully combined electronic and acoustic sounds to accompany the show’s choreography, which began with a simple walk and later developed into a full-on dance routine.

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