Paris’s catwalks are known to be fertile showcases of cross-cultural
influences, but Issey Miyake took things to another level on Thursday with
a menswear show marrying Scottish dandyism to Japanese geometry.

The Japanese fashion house sent forth models dressed for business — and maybe
a spot of tea in a refined highlands salon. Tartan weaves draped some
shoulders. Suits were slim and sharp and mostly grey-black sombre. But reds
and purples also burst out in the collection, either in socks or, in a
couple of cases, in full peacocky get-up topped off with silk scarves.

“I was inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the Scottish architect,”
said Issey
Miyake’s men’s designer, Yusuke Takahashi. Glasgow-born Mackintosh lived in
the late 19th and early 20th century and earned a European-wide reputation
as a stylish architect and artist who embraced the Japanese sensibility of
light, clean lines. He added a rose motif to much of his work.

“He looked very elegant. So for example he was wearing silk scarves in
his portraits,
and I used a lot of rose prints on the scarves,” Takahashi told AFP. The
overriding effect sought — and achieved — was “a dandy with elegance”, he
said. Soft silk, sourced from Japan and blended with nylon or polyester,
was matched with masculine grids and ovals built into structured jackets.

Pantlegs were cut short and paired with sneakers or slip-ons to emphasise the
sporty undercurrent the house is reputed for. Many of the models carried
business-style bags, with images by a Japanese photographer, Satoshi
Fujiwara, superimposed. While Takahashi spoke intently about his
inspiration and design choices, he clammed up when asked about the Scots’
famous independent streak — a topical issue after Scotland’s voted-down
referendum last year to leave the United

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“That is a very sensitive thing,” Takahashi laughed nervously, declining
to comment further. (AFP)