By Joelle Diderich

Guests were handed ice packs to cope with the sweltering heat at the Issey Miyake Men’s show, held in the courtyard of the Université Pierre et Marie Curie. Though uncomfortable, the modern venue, with its multilevel stairs, provided the perfect backdrop for Yusuke Takahashi’s cool crinkled suits.

He was inspired by Varanasi, the spiritual capital of India, for a sequence of black and white outfits that put the accent on texture. Loose-fitting styles carried more than a whiff of the Eighties — think cowl-neck shirts, jumpsuits and extrawide raincoats that nailed the emerging Paris trend for oversize clothes.

As Japanese band Kikagaku Moyo pushed their live jam in a psychedelic direction, the clothes also took a hypnotic turn. Hand-printed marble patterns and abstract watercolor motifs brought a playful touch to the lineup, but for cool factor, the monochrome looks won hands down.

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