Homme Plisse: Pleats Please Gets A Menswear Update

Relaxed, lithe, agile, ‘feral’ even… just a few of the words that spring to mind on first impressions of the new Issey Miyake offshoot for men, Homme Plissé.

The menswear label debut’s for Spring Summer 2015 comes 22 years after the birthing of Pleats Please, the innovative label from Miyake and Reality Lab, which sought to revolutionise womenswear with heat-treated permanent pleats at the crux with the active, modern woman in mind. Erring on the side of androgyny, Homme Plisse has arrived just in time as gender-neutral attire picks up even more interest in the mainstream.

Having appeared in our Summer 2014 issue and “illustrative of versatility blossoming,” we lace none other than Denzel Himself in some select items from the debut collection. From the minimalism of the cling-to pleats on the roll necks and tees to the slouchy animal skin motifs on the pants. Denzel, known for referring to his homies as his ‘GF’s’, dons an array of the bold designs. Also included are scarves by Pleats Please.

Encouraging people to wear clothing in a way that transcends gender is exciting especially with Issey’s foresight, research and eloquence. Describing his designs as “truly borderless clothes that transcend age, gender and nationality,” after taking a number of his clothes on a four-year expedition that spanned Africa and Asia and photographing natives adorned in Miyake’s pieces, Yuriko Takagi’s words still ring true. Time will tell whether a fully fledged unisex line from the Miyake design house is on the books.

This is an extract from the Spring Summer 15 Issue of Viper Magazine. Read more from the magazine here. Buy physical and digital copies here.


Photos by Mitzi Lorenz
Words by Laura Arowolo
Styling by Mitzi Lorenz
Styling Assistant: Alex Whitehouse
Model: Denzel Himself

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