I hesitated posting these images of Issey Miyake's S/S 2011 collection from Paris Fashion Week, as the designer does not fit the usual bill for sustainable fashion design. Miyake's artistry and innovative talents surely catapult him far above mainstream, season-to-season offerings, and there is no doubt that the acquisition of one of his creations would be an investment that would far outweigh a truckload of cheaply made, trendier items from H &M.
With Miyake's creative director, Dai Fujiwara, at the helm and current efforts by Miyake's Reality Lab to explore future sustainable collections, I think that it is important to support celebrated 'blue-chip' designers in the entire range of their efforts. The profits from one collection feed investment in another, no? This almost makes me want to seriously re-think how sustainable style is reported and shared with the public at large. Are we missing important (perception) links for how to make mainstream fashion more sustainable?
*photos by Marcus Tondo / GoRunway.com via Style.com