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Issey Miyake shimmers at Paris fashion week

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Japanese fashion house Issey Miyake on Friday presented a shimmering, landscape-inspired collection of vibrant checks and stripes.

In a departure from the restrained palettes of many of the other collections for autumn/winter 2013, bright hues of green, pink and blue dominated the show on day four of Paris fashion week.

Aerial landscapes reflected in the clothes were described by the house as "an ever changing mosaic of vibrantly coloured flower meadows, fields of golden wheat, the dark green of forests, the reflections of deep mirrored lakes, creating moving chequered patterns".

With the emphasis on clothes and fabric matching "the shape and movement of the body", there were flowing flared skirts, voluminous coats and double breasted jackets.

Colours were not the only cheering aspect of the show with models instructed backstage to abandon catwalk norms and "smile", a spokeswoman said.

Eye-catching looks included shimmering floor-length striped skirts in red and lilac or blue and green with low waistbands and poloneck tops as well as widelegged trousers with striped side pleats.

Later Friday, all eyes will be on Belgium's Raf Simons and his second keenly anticipated collection for Christian Dior.

An unapologetic minimalist, his first collection last September served up all the essential ingredients of the house's iconic silhouette -- nipped waists, flared hips and delicate pleats -- reworked for a "sensual" 21st century woman.

But fashion watchers are keen to see how he will follow it up and make his own mark after taking over from the disgraced John Galliano in April 2012.

Other Japanese designers with shows this week include Yohji Yamamoto, later on Friday, and Tsumori Chisato on Saturday. Junko Shimada will also present a show on Tuesday.

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