09/28/2012 09:02 EDT | Updated 11/28/2012 05:12 EST

Colour-blocking Issey Miyake-style in fun Paris fashion show

PARIS - Issey Miyake's spring-summer 2013 collection was born, so say the program notes, of "vibrantly colored images of birds alighting...and flapping their wings."

Weaving in the house's signature high-tech fabric on sheer and tulle jersey, the result: A colour-blocked phoenix of a show.

Hues — and also models, who walked in criss-cross formation — converged and flowed. In the process, it added a much-welcome splash of fun to the Paris Fashion Week calendar.

Black graphic stripes blurred in the loose and pleat-rich silhouettes, in lime yellow, cobalt, sky blue and orange, only serving to add to these visual illusions.

Then came the science: The Miyake fabric-lab showing that it's been as busy as ever.

This season they served up what the house calls "revolutionary" double-sided printing. Revolutionary it wasn't, but images on the front and back blurred together to produce a nice graphic play.

Models strolled down the catwalk haphazardly in white open-toe sandals.

"Forget spring," they seemed to say, "we can't wait for summer."


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