High Concept, High Stakes

To the sound of howling wind, a model emerges in a head-to-toe snow print wearing a delicate collar of cherry blossoms nodding on long, slender stems. Then, to the melancholy strains of a live string orchestra, others follow in puffed coats so intricately puckered and gathered that models look encased in origami cocoons. The collection, the fourth by Issey Miyake's heir apparent Naoki Takizawa, creates an effect so mesmerizing that, for a moment, even the most hard-nosed store buyers forget niggling practicalities like what happens if you sit while furled in those brilliantly colored coats? "It was so beautiful, it...

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